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Stories in Motion Residency

We all have stories – good, bad, and everything in between – but the common thread with our stories is that they define us. Through storytelling and movement, we will explore what it is to bring our stories to life in a theatrical setting. No writing or dance experience necessary—just a willingness to share and explore movement. Over the course of 8 weeks, students will write their own stories, fiction or nonfiction, and turn those stories into movement storytelling.

Example: Week 1: Brainstorm about story potentials through movement and writing. Week 2: Solidify story ideas and begin crafting an outline. Week 3: Write out the story. Week 4: Finalize stories and share with other students. Weeks 5-7: Start putting together the movement version of the stories. Week 8: Review stories and perform for the class, and potentially family and friends.

Curriculum: Creative Writing, Dance, English/Language Arts, Social and Cultural Connections, Theatre
Recommended Ages: Grades 4-12
Maximum Audience: 30
Length: 60 minutes each workshop
Cost: $680 for 8 weeks
Max #Sessions per Day: 1​


Party Animals Residency

What do you call an alligator wearing a vest? An investigator! In this class, we will do just that – investigate animals based on how they move. Over this 10-week course, we’ll explore the different animal classifications in a dance performance of the animal kingdom. Students will explore and learn about each set of animals. From the page to the stage, the students will understand each grouping both mentally and physically. The class will culminate in a group created dance inspired by the animals within each classification.

Example: Week 1: Intro and Protozoa/Flatworms. Week 2: Review and Echinoderms/Molluscs. Week 3: Review and Arthropods. Week 4: Review and Reptiles. Weeks 5: Review and Fish. Week 6: Review and Amphibians. Week 7: Review and Birds. Week 8: Review and Mammals. Week 9: Review. Week 10: Review and perform for an audience of family and friends.

Curriculum: Dance, STEM
Recommended Ages: Grades K-8
Maximum Audience: 30
Length: 60 minutes each workshop
Cost: $850 for 10 weeks
Max #Sessions per Day: 1


Ladies Respect and Hip Hop

We use hip hop as a tool to discuss and discover how empowerment and respect are valuable parts of being a young woman. How do these ideas go together? Hip hop is all about respect and we will focus on celebrating womanhood, each other, and lifting each other up versus tearing others down.

Example: Each week we will work with a different theme/topic. Theme = BUILDING UP OTHERS. Talk about supporting one another and how you could do that. Imagine you are mentoring someone younger than you, do you have any life advice for young girls today in their future pursuits. Play the Paper on the Back Exercise. The girls each tape a piece of paper on their backs and others write compliments on them. Once they are finished they have a list of compliments about themselves. Stress how important it is to make the compliment personal (not “you’re cool”) and also no negativity or even jokingly disrespectful writings. Start to build a dance about these compliments, talk about the idea of a ‘build’ or group pose in dance and brainstorm some poses that they could build upon as a group for the middle of the dance.

Curriculum: Dance, Social and Cultural Connections
Recommended Ages: Grades 4-12
Maximum Audience: 30
Length: 60 minutes
Cost: $85 per workshop
Max #Sessions per Day: 3


Core Creativity: Program Preview Through Dance

Combine arts and humanities with core content in an exciting dance workshop that will inspire students to take an active role in their own learning while engaging in aligned, standards-based activities. This program is arts integration at its best! Workshops offer students the opportunity to experience culture and diversity in a fun, kinesthetic, and engaging way! Workshops will promote:

  • Critical thinking skills
  • Physical fitness
  • Self-confidence
  • Effective communication
  • Collaborative activities
  • Creative expression
  • Participation in engaging activities

Core Creativity familiarizes students with dance terminology and key dance elements while igniting their imagination, learning and creating original choreography, and interacting through activities involving critical thinking and movement. This workshop is designed to reinforce learning and reflect upon student knowledge.

Examples: Students could physically experience what it might feel like to become the water cycle and see what evaporation, condensation, precipitation, transpiration, infiltration, and collection might look like if it were a dance. Once students feel these movements in their own bodies, they may better understand how the water cycle works and remember this information for years to come.

Students may use elements of dance, movement, and music in connection with developing mood in their writing assignments.

Curriculum: Dance, Engligh/Languge Arts, Social and Cultural Connections, Social Studies, STEM
Recommended Ages: Grades K-12
Maximum Audience: 30
Length: 60 minutes each workshop; minimum 2 days
Cost: $85 per workshop (minimum 2 sessions, $170)
Max #Sessions per Day: 5


Dance 101: Explore Your Expression

Dance 101 is a workshop for everyone – from novice to advanced – and no special shoes are required! Students will explore various styles of recreational, cultural, and social dance from ballet to hip hop and the tango to traditional African rhythms. Dance 101 will help students:

  • Discover a fun way to stay healthy
  • Communicate with others
  • Express themselves
  • Build confidence and a positive body image

This workshop can be a survey of different dance styles or focus on any style of dance, time period, skills, themes, or ideas. Please let us know preference when ordering program.

Curriculum: Dance, Social & Cultural Connections, Social Studies, STEM
Recommended Grades: K-12
Maximum Audience: 30
Length: 60 minutes
Cost: $85 per workshop
Max #Sessions per Day: 5


Dancing On The Globe 

Students will learn how to use the basic elements of dance (Body, Energy, Space and Time) to communicate an environment and culture through non-verbal movements. They will look at the world in a new way, via the lens of dance in cultures from around the globe through original and learned choreography.

  • Students will choose which environmental elements they will show when creating their dance.
  • Students will choose how their body will represent the landscapes, objects, or characters needed to tell a story using dance.
  • Students will learn dances from around the globe, such as, the Kakilambe from Guinea West Africa, Salsa from Cuba, and Bollywood from Mumbai, India.

Curriculum: Dance, Social Studies, STEM
Recommended Ages: Grades 3-12
Maximum Audience: 30
Length: 60 minutes
Cost: $85 per workshop
Max #Sessions per Day: 3


Dancing Through The Ages

While Dancing through the Ages students will explore various styles of recreational, cultural, and social dance from 1920s swing, 1950s sock hop, 1970s disco, and 1990s hip hop. Students also create a visual art project timeline, while learning about the events of the Time periods they are discussing (ranging from women’s suffrage or the premiere of Star Wars).

Dancing through the Ages will help students:

  • Discover a fun way to stay healthy
  • Communicate with others
  • Express themselves
  • Learn about historical events in a new and fun way
  • Build confidence and a positive body image

Example: Students will start out the class learning about the decade (i.e.- 1920: Women Granted the Right to Vote in U.S, 1924: First Olympic Winter Games, 1927: Babe Ruth makes Home Run Record,1928: Bubble gum, sliced bread and penicillin invented, 1929:The Great Depression.) They will create a visual timeline of pictures and their own drawings and also explore the style and culture of the time period (i.e.- a) the origins of the dance are obscure, the dance has been traced back to African Americans who lived on an island off the coast of Charleston, South Carolina (which is why the dance is called “Charleston”), b) women wore flapper Dresses (women short hair and skirts) = considered a symbol of freedom and rebellion, c) the dance style was considered scandalous at the time (see if they can figure out why and again, ask what dances are considered scandalous today?), d) it was performed to live ragtime jazz, often in clubs. Then the students would start to learn Charleston choreography.

Curriculum: Dance, Social Studies, Visual Art
Recommended Ages: Grades 4-10, Adults
Maximum Audience: 30
Length: 60 minutes
Cost: $85 per workshop
Max #Sessions per Day: 3
Note: This workshop can be a survey of different dance styles or focus on any time period or ideas. Please let us know preference when ordering the program.


Show U: Ideas in Action

Students are transformed into performance artists through a fun and exciting workshop led by professionals. Students engage their creative sides and think critically about issues and topics relevant to their own lives while they create, rehearse, and perform an original piece of theatre all their own! By the end of the program students will have learned:

  • Basic theatre and dance concepts
  • Effective communication
  • Respectful collaboration

Students will perform their work as empowered individuals, and create something completely unique, meaningful, and fun.

Example: A class of eighth grade students voices a list of issues that are significant to them: acceptance, recycling, college, sports, and school uniforms. Collectively, they select ‘sports’ as the topic to focus on for their production. Specifically, they have noticed that extracurricular sports are too expensive to participate in once travel costs, uniforms, equipment, and fees have been calculated. They investigate ideas that will make sports more affordable so that everyone who wants to participate is able to do so. In small groups they utilize provided composition worksheets to guide their examination of how to create positive change in sports. The students are challenged to funnel their discussion into action by creating a piece of theatre that uses each of the provided elements – a prop, piece of music, quote, picture, and movement – to express their ideas. Students perform their original work for their peers at the end of the workshop.

Recommended Grades: 6-12
Maximum Audience: 30
Length: 60 minutes each workshop; minimum 3 days
Cost: $85 per workshop (minimum 3 sessions, $255)
Max #Sessions per Day: 5