Cécile Roques currently teaches within the Pre-Kindergarten French Program at the International School of The Peninsula in Palo Alto. She benefits from a 15-year experience in Early Childhood Education, combined with a passion for Creative Arts in general and Dance in particular. Cécile has been practicing jazz, ballet, and modern dance for many years. Ten years ago, while she was teaching underprivileged children in Paris, Cécile began to use creative dance as an educational tool. When she came to teach at ISTP, Cécile started developing a creative dance curriculum for her class as well as organizing dance-related collaborative projects with her colleagues. Cécile ardently believes that the arts are essential to a well-rounded education; that dance especially has a powerful part to play in Early Childhood Education. Cécile’s class is a Creative Dance one: an improvisation-based dance that focuses on free expression within a framework given by the teacher. Creative Dance enables children to discover their inner ability to express ideas, thoughts and feelings. It helps develop their creativity, confidence, self-expression and problem-solving skills. Cécile believes in kindness and the respect of each and every child as a whole. She creates a safe place for children to improvise, choreograph and express their imagination through a fun and nurturing class.