These Kindergarteners’ Daily Lessons Come With A Side Of Salsa

"This is just one more thing that keeps them engaged in school."

Now here's something to make your day a little brighter.

This Washington, D.C., kindergarten teacher found a fun way to teach his little scholars their ABCs and 123s. Through Latin dance, Edwin Sorto's predominately African-American students at KIPP DC Promise Academy are moving and grooving to the beat better than some adults.

"I work with African-American kids in underserved communities," he said in a previous interview with Inside Edition. "It's joyful to see those kids show their talent and show their expression through dance."

Sorto, who presides over as many as 30 kids for 45 minutes at a time, uses his experience as a professional dancer and incorporates it into his curriculum as a way to keep the 5-year-olds engaged.

"My kids are great, and this is just one more thing that keeps them engaged in school," he told USA Today.

From salsa to merengue and bachata, Sorto — who also teaches physical education, art, and Spanish — incorporates the dances into his daily curriculum along with mathematics and science.

"They work incredibly hard at both academics and dance," he told USA Today. "Their parents are also incredibly supportive."

Through his Facebook page, Sorto's students show off their moves for the world to see. And it's hard to look away with all the cuteness packed into each video.

"[I'm] now focused on building the next generation of dancers through my own students," Sorto added.


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