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.
Increase students’ knowledge and understanding of other cultures through dance. Utilizing music and movement, three dancers travel to India through a performance of Heinz Poll’s famous choreography for Ravel’s “Bolero.” Students travel to China through the beautiful Tai Chi dance. The program finishes in the Philippines with a traditional dance called the Tinikling. (Accompanying workshop: World Moves)
High Five Fitness is a dance class in which participants explore the 5 pillars of good fitness. Two professional dance teachers and a live musician work at a brisk pace to demonstrate that fitness can be healthful and joyful. Students learn the basic compositional elements of choreography and music and master them while learning how dance can be both a vehicle for artistic expression and wellness.
Math is useful for many things, including dance. Students will use tools from dance and choreography to reinforce their understanding of patterns and decomposing numbers. Exploring different combinations of the commonly used dance numbers of 8 and 16, students create their own dance sequences.
Much of personal communication is conveyed through gestures or movements of the body. Through dance, Kenya shares some of her life lessons — from using problem solving skills to conveying positive energy and commanding (and giving) respect. In this workshop or residency, students learn the basic elements of dance, develop awareness of nonverbal communication skills and express literal or abstract ideas or feelings.
A professional dancer from MorrisonDance leads energetic dance classes that combine movements from a wide range of dance techniques with creative input from the participants to create choreography and mini-routines. Participants play “dance games” that develop strength, flexibility, coordination, balance, and body awareness. These concepts are applied to phrases of movement and to improvisational exercises. Tailored to ANY age group, this class uses dance to channel that after school energy: it’s creative, fun, AND invigorating!
Centered on Newton’s Three Laws of Motion, this program demonstrates force, acceleration, and opposing reactions through Dancing Wheels’ highly technical wheelchairs used for everyday mobility and dance. Students learn the science, design, and technology of the wheelchair. This program conveys the message that individual dreams and personal goals can be achieved through perseverance, hard work, and belief in oneself.
Natyam dance is closely associated with Indian music, sculpture, and painting. Sujatha introduces students to Indian history and culture and enabling them to easily observe the connection between the performing arts and language arts.