An exploration of life above and under sea level told through song, story, and dance. Become a manta ray and a shark as you listen and participate in folk tales and true stories from Indonesia. Students will be encouraged to foster the desire to read and write stories and poetry, think creatively and cultivate their ability to work as a community. Arianna Ross custom designs the show to serve preK-12 grade students. In the version for the youngest child, Arianna engages the students throughout the show by taking the students on a trip around the world back in time. They have the chance to act out the story while it is being told. For the upper elementary and middle school student, they find themselves wrapped in the story and focused on the drama of "What happens next?" Finally, for the older students Arianna builds in sections of the program that highlight how she has managed to craft her stories and publish her work. Use this link to view a video excerpt from this program: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EsYqpluASEs&feature=youtu.be
Story Tapestries and Arianna Ross create educational, entertaining, international programs that weave the power of dance, storytelling, writing, visual art and theatre. Arianna uses the tools of her art forms to help youth foster a deeper connection to the subjects they’re learning and to guide educators to increase their effectiveness by incorporating arts-based strategies in their lesson plans. For 20 years she has performed and taught in schools, colleges, community centers, and concert halls. She custom designs every program to fit the age and needs of the audience. Recently, she secured $20,000 in matching funds to support high-need schools. She has worked with National Theatre, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the Washington Performing Arts Society.