The Earth School

NEW Arts Partner 2018-2019
We are thrilled to begin our first year of partnership with The Earth School, Manhattan this year! The after-school program explored environmental awareness and advocacy through dance and movement. With an emphasis on community building, clean air, and recycling, students reflected on their place in the world and the importance of taking care of our planet. Students focused on Contemporary Dance, a fusion of ballet, modern, and jazz dance techniques, with elements of hip hop and social dance. The goal of the program was to develop fundamental dance skills, enhance students’ environmental awareness, and through creative expression and collaborative creative work, celebrate how small changes within community can result in bigger changes that impact the world.

School Population Demographics: 
PreK-5, 292 students; 35% Hispanic, 14% Black, 6% Asian, 36% White, 9% Multiracial; 6% ELL; 52% economically disadvantaged; 28% special education.

Fall 2018 After-School Dance Residency

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Dance Tells Stories (Winter/Spring 2019) PreK (2-class groups; 20-sessions) Teaching Artists: Sandra Horn & Ashley McQueen

This residency explored creative movement with the aim of helping students discover their own body movement and how it can tell a story. We playfully examined different qualities of movement; solo as well as with a partner, and helped students use their imagination to come up with their own sequences of movement.


Community Building Through Movement (Fall 2018) PreK (2-class groups; 20-sessions) Teaching Artist: Ashley McQueen

This residency explored environmental awareness and advocacy through dance and movement. With an emphasis on community building, clean air, and recycling, students reflect on their place in the world and the importance of taking care of our planet. The goal of the residency was to enhance students’ environmental awareness, while teaching them how small changes within their community can result in bigger changes that impact the world. 





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