Infusing dance, movement, and creative expression into math, science and literature curriculum -- making classrooms come alive for students and teachers alike.
Turning the Triangle: Geometry and Dance
Turning the Triangle: Geometry and Dance focuses on the conceptual understanding of geometry by applying the concepts to the body in motion. With the assistance of a giant protractor, students physically interpret angles and triangles, and discover that they can move through space by turning, jumping or walking in the shape they have formed. Students then create dances based on their discoveries, laying the foundation for patterns, symmetry and hierarchy in 5th grade. A fun way to develop flexible thinking! (Grades 3, 4, and 5).
What are the properties of water? What are the phases of the water cycle? What percent of our body is made up of water? Can you move like a water molecule in liquid form? How about as a gas? These are just some of the many questions that students will explore in Water Wonder
Workshops begin with a group discussion about water-themed topics, including the water cycle, climate change and water scarcity. Students are then taken through a physical warm-up, followed by an exploration of
movement that’s related to the theme of water. Classes are then broken into small groups to create dances based on their discoveries. A mini-performancewith our Company allows students to see dance as a tool for creative expression and educational growth (pK - 8).
The Myth of Poseidon
The Myth of Poseidon brings lessons in empathy to the classroom. Who is Poseidon? Why is he important to Greek culture? Why is he important to our culture? Known as the “Earth Shaker” and “God of the Seas,” Poseidon had great power. He commanded the seas but he could also be a “bully.” Can we learn from his stories, and temper our own anger and frustrations for the better? In today’s culture, Percy Jackson, the son of Poseidon, is our “hero.” Why do we relate to Percy and his battles? What are the emotional prompts of our own internal battles?
For literature curriculum for elementary and middle school students. Children will recount stories, including fables, folktales and myths from diverse cultures to create a dance drama.
Waves: Sound and Light
Exploring the science behind sound and light, students learn about vibration, how sound travels through some objects and not others, how light can be opaque, translucent or refracted, and more. Using these concepts, students then are asked: How do we use light and sound to express emotions and feelings? Why do some sounds
aggravate us while others soothe? Do some colors make us sad and others happy? Creative work is developed based on age-appropriate stories. Students use movement and text to create a piece that is enhanced by their choice of music and lighting. Access to stage lighting can also add to the learning experience (Grades 1 - 4).