Learning in Motion for EveryBODY! is an engaging creative movement curriculum. Teaching artists will provide developmentally appropriate movement-based lessons to students in Exceptional Child classrooms in grades Pre-K-5. These lessons are based upon themes that enable students to explore real-world topics and academic content through movement. The curriculum connects to several NC Standards and will expose students to the fundamentals of creative movement with skills such as body control, coordination and balance. In addition, these lessons promote self-confidence, creativity and teamwork. Each lesson is structured similarly, with a warm up for the brain and body, several movement-based learning activities, and a cool down exercise. Lessons can be created to fit needs specific to a classroom and teacher input is welcome in making modifications for students learning needs. The program provides professional development for teachers by giving new strategies for integrating dance and creative movement into their instruction. This residency engages all learners through multi-sensory experiences and active participation. Movement is a powerful learning tool that we want to bring to your classrooms!
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Lauren Youngman and Heather Pike are dance educators who have over 15 years experience teaching movement classes to children of all abilities in arts integrated settings. They have worked as teaching artists for the Carolina Ballet in residencies for both Title 1 and Special Education Pre K Classrooms as well as the Wake Co. Reading to Achieve Camps. In addition, Lauren and Heather have worked with Arts Access teaching residencies and workshops. Studio experience includes Arts Together, ADF’s Samuel H. Scripps Studio and Barriskill Dance. Recently, Lauren became a Fellow for A+ schools and Heather is pursuing her graduate degree in Dance Education from UNCG. Together they have also conducted several professional development workshops, including presentations for A+ schools and ArtsR4life. Currently, Lauren and Heather are working with Pre-K students with disabilities in Wake County, through a contract funded by the VSA Kennedy Center with support from Arts Together in Raleigh.