Passage to India (performance)

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.

Storytelling Through Dance

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.

Carnival of the Animals

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.

The Science of Choreography

Scientists and dancers have a lot in common! Find out how both use inquiry, experimentation and revision to understand their world and share their experience. Students physically model molecules and use their entire bodies to understand matter and its states. Physics has never been this down to earth.

What I Learned from the Flamingo: Dance of the Animals

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.

Dancing with Newton: Understanding Physics Through Dance

Torso-and-limbs-on workshop explores matter and molecular structure through the study of the physical movements of bodies in dance. Learn how to engage your kinesthetic learners as movement illuminates on a macro level the hidden structures of molecules.