Exploring Asia

High Five Fitness

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.

It All Adds Up

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.

Life Lessons Through Dance

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.

MorrisonDance: Dance Medley

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!

Motion Commotion

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

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.

Seventh Inning Stretch: Creative Ways to Get Your Classroom Moving (professional development)

We all know that physical activity is important for kids’ (and adults’) bodies, but recent research has demonstrated that short bursts of activity throughout the day can improve focus and attention, as well as boost the heart. This workshop shares easy-to-follow movement and dance games that can be incorporated into the daily routine of the general education classroom. Spice up those between-subject transitions with some dance moves. Learn how to use movement exercises to reinforce learning and improve the social atmosphere of your classroom. Build up your teaching arsenal with desk stretches and breathing exercises to help your students get on task (and you too!) Let’s learn from those baseball fans: we need to stretch out every once in a while, or we’ll stop paying attention. Learn about the most recent research and find out how to incorporate physical activity into your existing day – the fun way!

Shape Imagination

Enhance your students’ skills in geometry and mathematics by taking them on a playful journey in search of lines, shapes, and angles. Utilizing music from orchestral to operatic, six dancers do vigorous lifts, jumps and turns while handling delicate, brightly colored balloons. The balloons become the catalyst for the exploration of geometric shapes, design, and choreographic patterns.

This is also available as a three-to-five day residency, taking an active approach to mathematics.