K-12

Better Together

April 1, 2014 by

A Rhode Island dance company and elementary school collaborate.
“No sounds, third-graders! I shouldn’t hear any talking!” Christine Sandorfi stood, hands on her hips, facing 27 rambunctious third-graders at the Claiborne Pell Elementary School in Newport, … Continue reading

Age-Appropriate Anatomy

March 1, 2014 by

When and how to bring technical concepts into dance class 

Anatomy and kinesiology are usually subjects reserved for university-level courses, but even if your kids aren’t quite ready for a lecture about the relation between the … Continue reading

Navigating the Social Divide

February 1, 2014 by

An international dance club can help you build community.
American schools today are more diverse than ever before. Students must navigate increasingly complex social divides, ranging from differences of ethnic background to the age-old lines between … Continue reading

Express Yourself

January 1, 2014 by

Teaching artists help children speak English through dance.
 
Jennifer Golonka demonstrates a passé skip with a high shape and then points to the words on a chart. Her students read and pronounce the terminology with her … Continue reading

Eyes on the Prize

November 4, 2013 by

The case for backward curriculum design
K–12 teachers are multitaskers. Not only do you impart foundational technique, but you also weave culture, choreographic principles, history and interdisciplinary studies into lessons. Prioritizing these demands when lesson-planning, says … Continue reading

Building Joy and Grit

October 2, 2013 by

New York City’s highly successful Blueprint for Teaching and Learning in Dance

As she looks back over her past nine years as director of dance for New York City public schools, Joan Finkelstein has a … Continue reading