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.
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.
Peter and the Wolf is a playful children’s ballet set to the music of Sergei Prokofiev. In 1936, Prokofiev composed Peter and the Wolf as a way to introduce children to the different instruments of the orchestra. Eight dancers develop each colorful character through expressive movement. Students experience storytelling through the interaction of narrative, music, and movement, and gain understanding of how character and plot are communicated across multiple art forms.
Schools can also follow up a performance of Verb Ballets’ Peter and the Wolf with a workshop. Students use the four elements of dance (body, energy, space and time) to identify, portray and create characters in the story. While refining their storytelling skills, students demonstrate character traits based upon details from the performance and Sergei Prokofiev’s well-known score.