Our residency Learning through Stories in Motion will give elementary students of all abilities the opportunity to connect literacy skills with dance and movement. We will create meaningful, arts-integrated lessons that enhance teachers’ literacy instruction and foster important early literacy skills in students. We can customize the residency to include literature on a subject matter chosen by the classroom teacher. We also have a curriculum based on pre-chosen books on the subject of the ocean, the rainforest and the desert. Our movement activities will encourage students to "dance the story" while learning vocabulary, phonics and reading comprehension strategies. Lessons are based upon and aligned with Common Core English and Language Arts state standards and NC Essential Standards for Dance. Not only will students gain knowledge and skills in both literacy and dance/movement but classroom teachers will also extend their knowledge of arts integration practices and become more comfortable integrating dance and movement into their classroom 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! Use this link to view a video except from this program: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AizK0Z1CcvE
Heather Pike and Lauren Youngman 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. Studio experience includes Arts Together, ADF’s Samuel H. Scripps Studio and Barriskill Dance. Recently, Lauren became a Fellow for A+ schools. Together they have also conducted several professional development workshops, including presentations for A+ schools, ArtsR4life and Arts Access Inc.