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Dancing Science = Dancing Skeletons!

Dancing Science = Dancing Skeletons!
In this one-day workshop, the students will discover the three functions of the skeleton, learn an American Sign Language symbol for each, draw a picture of the skeleton. They then create twisted, straight, curved and bent shapes to demonstrate support; invent shapes that designate protect and discover traveling movements. In small groups they then choreograph and informally present their support, protect, and move dance phrases to each other. Again draw a picture of the skeleton and observe if their skeletal images have changed. The workshop ends with a review of the ASL signs for skeletal function and a one sentence reflection and summary of the workshop.

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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