Dancing Through History

Sample Themes:  

The Immigrant Experience  

Northern Migration and the Harlem Renaissance

Westward Expansion:  Conflict and Change


Programs will include the following components:

1)  Creative movement warmups that teach the elements of dance and give children movement tools for individual and group choreography.

2)  Exploration of the selected topic using a combination of class and small group discussion, primary and secondary source material as appropriate, pictures, audio and/or video relevant to the topic and time period.

3)  Guided movement exploration using selected concepts from the topic as inspiration and that demonstrate knowledge of the elements of dance as taught.

4)  Creation of whole class and/or small group and/or individual choreographic pieces using the above processes.

5)  Informal showings of student work in class and potentially slightly more formal showings for other classes and members of school community.

6)  Discussion of process touching on the students' learning in dance and the selected topic.

Residency details (including theme selection) will be discussed during the planning process, which includes a conference (via phone or Skype) between the artist and teachers or other school staff involved in the residency.  Please feel free to request a program on a topic not listed here, and I will create a custom residency for your school.

Tennessee Academic Standards for Social Studies

Tennessee Dance Curriculum Standards