Twin Falls, Idaho (KMVT-TV) There's no doubt that many schools across the country face budget cuts, seeing their fine arts program disappear. But here in Twin Falls, Xavier Charter School doesn't just have a strong program, the classes actually intertwine with the classical education.
You can't walk five feet into the building without hearing music or seeing a dancer or two warm–up for their routine.
Kim Kohx, Music and Musical Theater Teacher says, "Xavier students are just a unique and fantastic breed."
The art program whether it's musical theater or dance does not take a backseat to traditional academics.
Kohx adds, "they're never on the chopping block. Art is as important as any academic that we teach here and that's a great blessing...they can excel in chemistry, math and history and bring their knowledge of the French Revolution to when we do Les Miserables on the stage."
Cindy Jones, 2011 National Dance Educator of the Year says, "a lot of our kids here at Xavier wouldn't be able to take a class in a studio setting be it financial or transportation or whatever."
Jones recently took 20 of her ballroom students to Boston. The experience wasn't exactly what they planned for.
"We were there to perform in a gala at the national convention for the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance and there was a true, literally and lights went out so everything was cancelled," says Jones.
But the group ended up teaching dance at a nearby school during their physical education courses. A memory senior Erynne Pryor will never forget.
Pryor says, "I almost felt it was better than the convention itself because we were able to make an impact."
Now they're back in the Gem State ... Putting Xavier Charter School on the map.