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Dancing Sentences!

Dancing Sentences!
A one-day workshop designed to focus, engage and motivate students to jump and spin their way into a physical and cognitive understanding of the mechanics of developing a basic sentence. Using call and response rhythmic structures they learn/review basic sentence structure; learn to identify the verb in a sentence; read language of dance symbols, develop dance/English dictionary of symbols and words, create movements for each dance symbol, choreograph and informally perform sequences. Students then write their dance sentences in English. Useful for those struggling with reading, those needing to expand their fluency with language. Modified according to grade level. Workshop 45-60 min.

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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