Young Audiences Arts For Learning, Maryland logo

Young Audiences / Arts for Learning

2600 North Howard Street, Suite 1300
Baltimore, Maryland 21218
(410) 837-7577

Read Our Blog Subscribe to the News Letter
Our Facebook Our Twitter Our Instagram Our Flicker Check us out on YouTube

Dancing Through The Curriculum!

Artist: Valerie Branch

Type: Professional Development

Valerie Branch at Holabird Academy 5

Where do we see adversity? In our lives… In our communities… In our world…? In different content areas within the classroom?  Valerie Branch brings a vast background and knowledge of working and moving with students of varying learning abilities and ages. In this workshop, she will encourage and inspire teachers to feel comfortable with using movement-led teaching and learning within their classrooms. She will do this by breaking down the elements of dance and different movement strategies that can be incorporated into different curricular aspects within the classroom. The purpose of this workshop is to break down the elements of dance and specific movement strategies that will allow teachers to feel comfortable with using and allowing movement within their classroom. They will learn strategies that foster classroom community development and engagement, as well as learn new strategies that encourage student-led learning and participation. Teachers witness their students struggle everyday with healthy modes of conflict resolution. They will be able to use strategies in this workshop to help their students compare, contrast, and reflect on their personal experiences and how they connect to the experiences of the characters within a story. Not only will this help teachers encourage their students to dig deeper into their emotions and self-


Teachers will be able to:

–Use dance choreography and improvisation to compare, contrast, and reflect on personal moments of adversity.

–Use dance choreography and improvisation to compare, contrast and reflect on how the characters in a story or poem respond to adversity.

–Use strategies learned in this workshop to help students make personal connections to curricular objectives in order to enhance and encourage student interest and love of learning.

– Learn the steps to facilitate the given dance strategies to build classroom community and integrate with core curriculum / classroom-learning experiences: mirror game, flocking, name game, tableau.

–Build upon and encourage positive personal development in their students through movement.

–Learn how to use simple dance strategies as a stepping-stone to encourage and assist students as they create choreography within their classroom setting(s).

–Make arts integrated connections to other core curriculum content.

–Explore how dance and movement can increase the level of positive communication and healthy discussion between students and teachers within the classroom.

–Use dance as a new form of non-verbal communication within their classroom setting (with the use of body shapes and movement gestures)

–Increase their confidence and level of comfort in relation to using dance/movement and music within a classroom setting discovery, but it will also help students make stronger connections to content in other subject areas.


Audience Limit: NA

Program Length: 90 minutes

Appropriate for Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st Grade, 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade, 7th Grade, 8th Grade, 9th Grade, 10th Grade, 11th Grade, 12th Grade, All Grades


Assembly Price: NA

Assembly Back-to-Back Price: NA

Workshop Cost per Day: $500 for 90 minutes and $815 for full day, plus mileage

Workshop Materials Fee: NA

Travel Fee: Mileage fee may apply

Technical Requirements

LCD Player and screen or white board


Curriculum Connections

21st Century Skills
Common Core-aligned
Creative Writing
Dance and Movement
Language Arts