Students performing in a Jazz dance residency at Urban Assembly School for the Performing Arts, Manhattan

Arts Partner Since 2017-2018. Grades 9-12, 333 students; 53% Black, 44% Hispanic, 2% Multiracial, 1% White; ELL 8%; 89% economically disadvantaged; 24% special education  VIEW School Website.

School Mission: The Urban Assembly School for the Performing Arts (UASPA) aims to sustain a challenging college-preparatory curriculum that infuses the performing Arts into all aspects of the academic experience. By using the Arts as a teaching tool and providing students with the means to express themselves, UASPA will breathe life and confidence into all members of our school community. We will use the cultural and professional resources of New York City to ensure that students receive a rigorous education which exceeds state standards, are successful in earning a college degree, and have a vision for what their future holds. 

9th - 12th Grade Jazz Dance Residency (Winter-Spring 2020)
Teaching Artist: Jen Silver

Exploring Jazz Style & Technique (Spring 2019)
9th-12th (5-class groups; 10-sessions) Teaching Artist:Sarah Starkweather

Dancers explored different styles and techniques related to jazz dance from early 20th century to present day.  The history of jazz dance was also discussed along with the connections to racial, gender, and social norms.