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Dancing Science = Dancing Joints!

Dancing Science =  Dancing Joints!
Students will warm-up learning movements that emphasize each of the different kinds of joints. They will identify which type of joint the actions feature. They will learn/review the American Sign Language signs for the function of the skeleton, i.e. support, protect, move, and analyze each sign in terms of joint movements. They will then choreograph and informally present their own dance phrases and be able to identify which joint types their choreography emphasizes. Workshop runs 45-60 min. ends with a reflection time and student summary of the session.

Artist Background

Jody Cassell is a Teaching Artist in Dance, interactive dancing storyteller, and author of the children's book "Where's Leon"? The Durham Arts Council chose Jody as a 2010-2011 Ella Fountain Pratt Emerging Artist Recipient. She served as a Master Artist for the Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts in Vienna, VA from 2003-2013 and currently teaches classes for young children at the American Dance Festival community studios. Jody earned a M.F.A. in Dance from New York University School of the Arts, New York, NY and a M.S. (Dance/Movement Therapy) from Hunter College of the City University of New York, NY. She enjoys dancing with special needs populations. Movement possibilities provide a rich foundation for living.

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