Using a wide range of symbols and gestures, mime, and music, students make connections between the written word and dance vocabulary. Through Indian dance, Sujatha demonstrates how the geometric lines of the body and the expressions of the face communicate the myriad emotions of the mind and heart.
VERB Ballets will present a ballet that reveals the plight of the cuckoo bird, who is bullied because he does not act like the other animals. A beautiful swan, the intervener, befriends the cuckoo and brings all the animals together to teach them how to act (move), teaching the animals tolerance and acceptance. The audience will have an opportunity to ask dancers what it is like to be a professional and how they developed their animal characters.
How does a flamingo move differently from an elephant? How does a mouse move differently from a lion? Students are introduced to the dynamics and qualities of movement through the imitation of different animals. Students watch choreography from the “Flamingo” dance, and learn to describe the movement in terms of shape, time, and dynamics. Everyone makes up their own dance based on animals being studied in the classroom.
Wigglewords pairs basic dance movements with each letter of the alphabet to enhance a wide range of literacy skills, including spelling, phonics rules, identification of vowels and consonants, and rhyming/storytelling. This simple method supports early readers — especially kinesthetic learners.
WHAT THEY’RE SAYING
I really enjoyed Verb Ballets’ Wiggle Words program and so did the students! I thought the teachers, Miss Katie & Miss Erin were wonderful. They really kept the students engaged, moving around and interested in the program. I know my students have continued to use Wiggle Words to practice spelling words. Thank you!
–Jackie Quinn, 1st Grade Teacher, St. Christopher School, Rocky River
Explore the world of dance! Tom performs a compelling assortment of short dances that demonstrate dance as a form of expression. All children are invited to participate and perform a mini show of their own.