About This Program
An American Journey through Dance
Experience the impact of cultural diversity on the evolution of American Ballet, especially the Irish, African-American, Latino, and Native American cultures in an American Journey through Dance. Students see how classical dance can be used as a means of expressing the rhythms of a culture, or as a way of capturing its history in this dance assembly.
Sample Common Core connection
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.3 Explain events, procedures, ideas, or concepts in a historical, scientific, or technical text, including what happened and why, based on specific information in the text.
Photo by Nick Eckert.
"Our students were fascinated by ballet, a dance form most of them have never been exposed to. The fact that this assembly incorporated a story familiar to students made the performance that much better."
"Wow, what a great performance and a great audience!! I love that the students had this opportunity. One boy in my class, who has a difficult time focusing and completing work, sat in rapt attention. I turned around to look at him and he had tears in his eyes. I said, "Logan, what's wrong?" nd he replied, "I just really like this." POWERFUL!"
"Our kids (even the 'too cool' for this kids) were very engaged throughout the performance; and some teachers did a follow-up writing activity. I had prepared the kids before the performance with storyline, characters, etc. etc. It fit very nicely into my music curriculum as well as our literacy curriculum. Beautiful music, beautiful dancing, close proximity to the audience kept the students engaged."