This series of arts residencies for children learning to read blends segments of the popular PBS-TV series, Between the Lions with arts activities to introduce and reinforce key reading concepts.
This five-session residency, led by a CAL music teaching artist and accompanied in three of the sessions by a CAL dance artist, guides students in creative movement and sound production related to vowel sounds and short action words.
Please call CAL Education Staff at 216-561-5005 to learn more.
Teaching Artist, Andrea McCormick, will lead youth on a weeklong discovery of the roots of Hip Hop and Step. Students will learn African and early American influences to the art forms, its evolution through the decades, and how it has become the most popular form of dance for youth today. Students will explore improv dance, daily warm-ups and stretching, and learn to take risks when developing a performance that represents themselves while staying true to the technique. Students will create a performance piece(s) incorporating elements of both STEP and Hip Hop dance styles.
Experience dance as it integrates with the principles of science including weather, renewable energy, and recycling. This residency culminates with a dress rehearsal and a performance. The program can be presented as a single unit for one grade level, or as a residency for grades K-3, culminating in a final show for all participants.
Mixing martial arts, music, and dance, students will be introduced to the historical and cultural elements of Capoeira. This program is designed to help students develop and build self-confidence, teamwork, and social skills through a mix of fun and challenging activities. Students will learn about the slave trade and its effects on the development of this art form while learning a vocabulary of fun and exciting movements to perform in a roda (circle) at the end of the workshop or residency.
Our new dance residency program for Pre-Kindergarten students emphasizes the fun and benefits of dance with social emotional learning and other content areas. Through instruction in targeted movements and creative dance exploration, students will learn more about themselves and their world. Children might dance the colors they feel. They might move to an alphabet rap. They might engage with technology to further their understanding of a story through movement. The program includes web-based resources for teachers and parents to learn more about how dance can help young children grow healthy minds and bodies.
What happened to the Golden Rule? This one-actor performance demonstrates to children and families the important role manners and kindness play in how we relate to the people around us. Through theatrical spectacle, including magic, storytelling, music, dance, and hieroglyphics, the performer guides the audience in finding clues to the lost Temple of Ma’at, dedicated to the Egyptian goddess of truth, justice, and civility.
Complementary workshops exploring Egyptian hieroglyphics and the ancient art form, Frontalism, are available to accompany a performance. This program is best suited for children ages 4-12 and families.
“All the Worlds a Stage” in this stimulating workshop/residency, students will perform excerpts from some of Shakespeare’s best-known works from ‘Romeo & Juliet’ to ‘A Midsummer Nights Dream’. The performance will deepen their understanding of the text by allowing students to “mashup” Shakespearian acting with dance, movement, rap, music and other current art forms.
Dancer and choreographer Lisa Yanofsky will actively engage students with Shakespeare’s text, characters and plot through a series of theater and dance activities which will help students connect with the meaning and meter of the text. Students will gain ownership of the Bard’s words as they reinterpret the plays and set them in a modern day high school context.
This workshop can be customized based on what Shakespearean work the students have read. Recommended works include: Romeo and Juliet and Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Performer and choreographer Lisa Yanofsky will lead students through the creation and performance of an original scene that explores the identities of historical or literary figures. Drawing from topics the students have already studied or from works of fiction the students have already read, Lisa will guide students’ exploration of character identities using movement, dialogue, monologue, and music. Students will choose a character or historical figure and draw from their life, context, personality and actions to craft and perform as their character in a “living portrait”.
The residency begins with exercises in writing. Students will be asked to pull text from the novel, if they are playing a fictional character, or quotes from the historical figure, if they are playing a non-fiction character. From the gathered source material, students will extrapolate personality, opinions, context and emotions and use these to write from the point of view of their character. Using their writing and research as a foundation, students will work together to help each other create movement for their character. Throughout the process of creating the movement and text, Lisa will act as a director, fitting the pieces of each character’s arc together and guiding collaboration between students. Depending on student interest, the “living portraits” can be performed with music or original songs or raps that give more information on the figure.
Students participating in this workshop will explore the Earth’s surface, its characteristics and landforms, and the changes it experiences due to weathering, erosion and deposition of soil. Dance standards will be utilized by the experts at Art Sparks which will support national science standards as the students learn and perform a culminating work based on their science curriculum. Encouraging energy and excellence are at the heart of any Art Sparks class. The teaching artists reinforce the organizations “core four” principals: work hard, do your best, never give up, and be fit, throughout the workshop.
Experience dance as it integrates with principles of geometry. Using the body to demonstrate lines, angles, and two and three-dimensional shapes, this workshop teaches students to see that geometry is everywhere. Dancer Tom Evert will guide students through improvisational activities as they learn to practice concepts on their own and in small groups.
Explore the different gravitational forces in space, on earth, and on other planets! Witness a dancer on the big screen “floating” on NASA’s Enhanced Zero Gravity Locomotion Simulator. Experience “weightlessness,” even on earth! This dance presentation culminates with a live performance by three dancers entitled “9.8 m/s^2” (our own gravitational force on earth)! (Accompanying Workshop: The Science of Choreography)
Young children love to explore their bodies’ movements; toddlers and preschoolers love to bounce and wiggle. Take advantage of their natural energy and direct it into a lifelong love of physical activity. Moving along to popular children’s songs, students refine gross motor skill development, brain growth and experiment through physical activity.