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Dance Workshops for the Classroom

Dance Workshops for the Classroom

Black Box Dance Theatre believes the best way to understand something differently/deeper/authentically is to make a dance about it! Workshops are individually designed in collaboration with school to elicit & integrate ideas in the construction of new dances related to the curriculum. Workshops include studies & creations of modern dances with literary themes such as Shel Silverstein's poetry & cultural themes such as the celebration of "Dia de los Muertos" & the historical significance of Capoeria. Other curricular connections include: Plate tectonics & Earth forms, The Underground Railroad, Simple Machines, Weather, Physics, & Grammar.Every workshop allows for full student participation as they learn the history of modern dance, one of the only art forms created in America, & that dance is often made in response to things happening in the world around us. Students are left with the pride that comes from creating dances & the knowledge that learning can happen in more than one way.

Artist Background

Black Box Dance Theatre is a Raleigh-based company with expertise in making contemporary dances that are an engaging way to discover the world. Michelle Pearson, 20 year veteran with Liz Lerman Dance Exchange, steps in as Artistic Curator and is joined by a diverse troupe (including a hip hop artist, a ballerina, an engineer, a former elementary school principal, and an Army Veteran/ Wounded Warrior) in bringing excellent dancing to the classroom and stage. Members of Black Box Dance have been making dances in schools for nearly 20 years and have proven to be a favorite with teachers and students alike.

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