A year-long holistic dance program for 4th – 6th graders
Tuesdays, 3:45pm – 6:15pm
NEW 2nd optional day, Thursdays, 3:45 – 5:15pm
In addition to these weekly classes, Awesome Art in Motion comes together with the 1st – 3rd grade class the 3rd Saturday of each month from 1 – 3pm for mixed-age community building, field trips, dance parties, rehearsals and performances.
Our extra Saturday classes are on the following dates: 9/17, 10/15, 11/19, 12/17, 1/21, 2/18, 3/18, 4/15 and 5/20. The Dancing Potatoes will not meet on the following Tuesdays: 12/27, 1/3, 1/10, 2/21 and 4/18. Thursday classes will not meet on 11/14, 12/29, 1/5, 1/12, 2/23 and 4/20.
This program is a place for kids to come together to be themselves and to learn to love and care for themselves and each other; with dance and the body as central to what we do together.
The Awesome Art in Motion curriculum weaves together improvisational dance, concert dance techniques, social dance, somatic movement, mindfulness, and student-led art making.
The curriculum is divided into the following units:
- How do YOU dance? What is Dance and Where do we Locate Ourselves?
- Dancing from the Inside Out: Mindful Movement and Somatic Body Education
- Dancing in Community, Dancing Together: Social Dance Practices
- Concert Dance Techniques and Dance Making
Each unit includes a creative project (often student choreography), and an opportunity to share that project with the wider community. The program ends with a staged production of student choreography in the spring.
This year we are adding an optional 2nd day of dance classes for those students interested in further developing their dance technique and choreography skills. Thursday classes will be less social than Tuesday classes and will focus on developing physical skills in particular practices such as contact improvisation, hip hop, West African dance and contemporary concert dance. We will often be joined by guest teachers who specialize in these forms of dance. In the spring, Thursday classes will be dedicated time for student choreography and rehearsal.
Tuesdays and Saturdays 1x/month): sliding scale $575 – $1,630
Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays 1x/month : sliding scale $825 – $2,325
Payments may be made monthly, seasonally or in full. Barter options and scholarships are available.