Notes in Motion offers In-School Dance Programs during the school day (Classroom Residencies) and After-School. All programs follow a five-part structure:
1. Warm-up – Students learn technical skills through repeated and progressive exercises in the center and across-the-floor.
2. Exploration/Improvisation – Students physically explore the given class theme through structured and guided activities.
3. Choreography – Students develop original movement phrases, create group dances, or learn set phrases of choreography.
4. Performance Prep – Students prepare for a culminating performance event and learn performance skills.
5. Reflection – Students process their learning through observation, analysis, & constructive criticism.
Dance and Movement Styles and Techniques
Modern/Contemporary, Ballet, Creative Movement, African, Jazz, Tap, Martial Arts, Gymnastics, Latin Social Dance (salsa, merengue, tango, capoiera, flamenco, mambo, cha cha), Folk Dancing (country line, square dance, ritual dance), Pilates, Yoga, Fitness/Conditioning, Hip Hop/Break Dancing
• Planning Meetings – classroom teachers by grade level
• 10 or more weekly teaching sessions (45 min – 1 hr)
• Professional development for classroom teachers
• Interim Program Assessment Meetings
• Student Performance/Community Sharing Event
• Final Assessment Meetings/360° Program Evaluation
• Photo and Video documentation
Students are physically active throughout class sessions practicing improvisation exercises, developing technical skills, working in roups, and creating original dance performances. In addition, during all residency sessions, there are many opportunities for students to small process their learning through class discussion, writing and drawing exercises, and audience feedback sessions. Notes in Motion teaching artists provide collborating classroom teachers with detailed lesson plans and follow-up activities prior to the beginning of the residency. In both types of programs, topics are created and crafted in conversation with the Notes in Motion artist and the program sponsor. Residency topics draw on the diverse strengths of Notes in Motion’s trained and experienced Education Ensemble and can serve a range of school populations and ages. Residencies are offered with a minimum of 10 sessions including a culminating performance event. Residency programs can be catered to all ages from PreK-12.
Notes in Motion Outreach Dance Theatre program samples