Pre-K through Grade 5. Jody brings storybooks, original, folk and real life adventures to life with her audience through interactive participation using creative movements, rhythms and sounds. For younger grades, her programs emphasize emergent literacy skills, sequencing, rhyming words, fluency of spoken language, listening to and creatively responding to the development of a story. Problem solving, critical thinking skills and entering the story to find different perspectives are key components for the danced stories for Grades 3-5. Original Stories by Jody: Where's Leon? , Up the Mountain, A Safari in Africa, Bee-Bop and Ruby Eat Some Cake, The Family Faboo Jumps to the Zoo, The Seahorse and the Sparkling Lights!, Brown Dog. Folk Stories: The Turnip, A Russian Folk Tale; Anansi and the Moss Covered Rock - an African folk tale. Mother and Puppies is a story taken from the newspaper and danced. A Book of Sleep by Il Sung Na.
Jody Cassell is a Teaching Artist in Dance, interactive dancing storyteller, and author of the children’s book “Where’s Leon”? The Durham Arts Council chose Jody as a 2010-2011 Ella Fountain Pratt Emerging Artist Recipient. She served as a Master Artist for the Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts in Vienna, VA from 2003-2013 and currently teaches classes for young children at the American Dance Festival community studios. Jody earned a M.F.A. in Dance from New York University School of the Arts, New York, NY and a M.S. (Dance/Movement Therapy) from Hunter College of the City University of New York, NY. She enjoys dancing with special needs populations. Movement possibilities provide a rich foundation for living.