A year-long holistic dance program for 1st – 3rd graders
Saturdays, 11:30am – 12:45pm
Sept 16th – June 8th
In addition to these weekly classes, students will participate a monthly gatherings with all four of the classes that make up Awesome Art in Motion (AAIM). Beginning in March, students should also expect to stay for at least 4 extended small group rehearsals from 12:45 – 2pm directly following dance class (exact dates TBA), along with an extra technical and dress rehearsal before our spring performance at the Shea Theater.
Monthly AAIM gatherings will take place on the following dates:
Sept 23rd, 1 – 3pm
Oct 21st, 1 – 3pm
November 4th, 1 – 3. Outdoor performance at 2pm
December 16th, family dance party and performance! Time/location TBA
January 20th, 1 – 3pm
February 10th, 1 – 3pm
March 9th, 1 – 3pm
April 13th, 1 – 3pm
and May 18th 1 – 3pm
Tentative dates for Performance week at the Shea Theater!
Technical rehearsal, Wednesday May 29th, 3:30 – 6:30pm
Dress rehearsal and performance, Sunday June 2nd, 10:00am – 4:30pm
There will be no Saturday classes the following dates: September 30th, November 25th, December 23rd, December 30th, January 6th, January 13th, February 25th and April 21st
This is a great class for both returning students and students new to the program who are excited to dig in. This class is a good choice for anyone who knows they are excited about the program and wants to build community through dancing together.
Awesome Art in Motion 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. This year the program includes four different classes for students ages 6 – 14. In addition to meeting weekly in their individual classes, students in Awesome Art in Motion come together as a full group once a month, building a very sweet, mixed-age creative community.
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. This fall students will have the choice to participate in an outdoor, site specific performance in November. In December, after the conclusion of our social dance unit, we will gather will family and friends for a family dance party, along with a chance for students to share what they have been working on. In the winter months we will focus on dance making skills, and in early spring, students will have the opportunity to create their own small group dances for the stage, designing everything from the movement to the costumes, lighting and music.
Each of the Flying Kangaroos classes will include:
- An Opening and Closing Circle: in which each student is acknowledged, welcomed, oriented to the class and appreciated.
- A Warm Up: a vigorous set up movements to wake up the brain and increase range of motion in the body.
- Content sharing: a time for Anna to share new content based on the unit we are in and the focus of the day. Content will be shared through picture books, conversation, collage or video
- Dance Explorations: exercises in which students are asked to improvise or freestyle based on the content shared.
- Skills Building: learning and practicing new skills related to content.
- Dance Creation: students share dance movements generated from dance explorations and skills building.
The cost for the full year of this program is a sliding scale of $55 – $175/month or $550 – $1750/year. Payments may be made monthly, seasonally or in full.
2 full Scholarship spots are reserved for this class. If you are interested in a scholarship, please proceed with the registration process and indicate you would like a scholarship on the registration form. Barter options may also be available.