STUDIO K
      
Rice University Lifetime Physical Activity Program (LPAP)

In 2010, Kristina Koutsoudas was awarded the prestigious Frank W. Bearden Award for Teaching Excellence by the students and faculty at Rice University.

Rice University Program

Since  its founding in1912, Rice University recognizes that becoming physically educated is integral to one's overall education.  From its inception, the Lifetime Physical Activity Program (LPAP) created to facilitate a multi-faceted learning experience that promotes the physical, social, and emotional benefits of physical activity. Their objectives include:

  • To encourage a lifetime of fitness through the teaching of mechanical, physiological, and nutritional principles.
  • To teach pertinent knowledge, such as historical and cultural foundations, structures, and philosophies of various movement disciplines.
  • To create an environment that fosters a sense of emotional satisfaction, physical accomplishment, and social interaction for its participants.
  • To provide students with high-quality instruction specific to course material so that they may learn skills that will improve the length and quality of their lives.
  • To expose Rice University students to diverse cultural and artistic activities becoming more and more prevalent in United States culture.

Since 2002, Kristina Koutsoudas has been providing the LPAP program with weekly Middle Eastern dance classes to the Rice community and participating in various cultural events at the University. Middle Eastern dance is presented as a medium for, improving physical coordination, flexibility, grace, and balance, building self-confidence,  developing a personal and cultural understanding of the art form, and encouraging cross-cultural exchanges through movement. While learning healthy social skills like discipline, cooperation and respect, students learn about the culture, history, music, and language of the Middle East as well as the basics of technique, choreography, dance production, and dance education.  In addition to learning Middle Eastern dance on campus, Rice University students also have the opportunity to train and practice Middle Eastern and North African dance at Studio K Houston where they gain more experience and opportunities to learn, perform, and choreograph dances for professional performances.

In 2010, Kristina Koutsoudas was awarded the prestigious Frank W. Bearden Award for Teaching Excellence by the students and faculty at Rice University.

 
Image courtesy of Dr. Fayeq Oesis


 
Image courtesy of Dr. Fayeq Oesis