Oct–Dec 2016 or Jan–Apr 2017
Program: eight in-school workshops, teacher professional development session, NYCB student matinee performance
Grade levels: 1st and 2nd grade
Cost: $500 per class
Encourage your students to explore dance as a form of communication through the integration of writing and movement activities. Participating classes write their own story and work with a NYCB Teaching Artist to transform their written words to movement over the course of eight in-school workshops. Students focus on the importance of elements such as character, setting, and plot in both writing and dance. Ballet Tales contributes to a greater understanding of how storytelling through dance can transcend the components of text, movement, and music, and culminates in a performance of student choreographed work. Participating classes attend a live performance at Lincoln Center.
“It really taught them to work together as a team. From the beginning when we wrote the story, to the end when they practiced together without a teacher. They would complement each other and offer up critiques. I think it was a bonding experience for them.” – 2nd grade teacher, Brooklyn
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