Demonstrating the activity with a student partner gets everyone excited for what's coming up.

About Our Residencies

What's in a residency?

Essentially, Nicole is a guest artist who comes to the school for 3-5 "Classroom Sessions" with the students.  The content is driven by teachers' needs and curriculum goals.  

Nicole's 5 Easy Steps to a Fantastic Residency:

  1. Nicole chats with teachers via email to decide the basics: who/what/when
  2. A short Planning Meeting is held to fine tune the curriculum details.
  3. Nicole emails her lesson plan and any advance materials to all the teachers.
  4. Nicole delivers 3-5 Classroom Sessions at the school.
  5. Students perform their dances for parents (during class, at an assembly, or in an STEAM night).

All the activities are structured improvisations--ideal for students of all talents and skills.  Teachers, regardless of their background, can implement these tools even after the residency is over.  As a veteran, Nicole easily "reads the room," and individualizes her activities for a variety of students.  There is a role for every child.


If you'd rather talk with Nicole, feel free to call her at 971-701-8662.  Or use the contact form below to email a question.

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You can make math dance?!?!  Yes, we can!  I will show you how, and we'll create a great class dance together.  If you want a math residency,  here are some topic ideas:

  • K- Greater Than/Less Than, Addition 1-20, Subtraction
  • 1/2: Part/Part/Whole, Congruent/Symmetrical, Fraction Basics (Whole, Half, Fourths)
  • 3-5: Multiplication (Arrays, Factors, Multiples), Angles (Acute, Obtuse, Right), Lines (Parallel, Intersecting, Perpendicular)


Science and dance are a natural fit.  Systems, patterns, cause and effect can all be covered through dance.  Here are some topic ideas:

  • K-2: Life Cycles, Habitats, Ecosystems
  • 3-5: Water Cycle, Solar System, Forces
  • 6-8: Newton's Laws of Physics, Cells, Chromosomes


Do dancers and engineers have anything in common?  If you think of choreographers as inventors, then there's lots of possibilities.  Can students “engineer” a dance that educates their audience about important civics/social science topics?

This residency is best for older students, grades, and could be particularly interesting at the high school level.  (Grades 5-12)

Possible topics include: 

  • wealth/scarcity
  • consequences of cooperation/conflict
  • differing perspectives
  • role of citizens in a government
  • bias/injustice/discrimination/stereotypes


Stuck in a chair reading for Language Arts?  Get moving instead!  

  • K: Characters, Setting, Adjectives 
  • 1-2: Beginning, Middle, End, Problem/Solution, Comparing Two Versions of Same Story, Theme
  • 3-5: Fables/ Folktales, Narrative Writing, Sequencing, Moral


Too many people think History is boring, in my opinion.  I actually have a B.A. in History, so I love it when I get to combine my love of history with my passion for dance. Students get to bring History to life, bonus!  

  • Some topic ideas include Causes of the American Revolution
  • The strengths/weaknesses of the Mayans, Incans, and Aztecs


Dance is a natural teacher of many social/emotional lessons.  Here are some topics we have covered:

  • Citizenship
  • Cooperation/Teamwork
  • Growth Mindset
  • Adaptability

Sample Lesson Plans

Subtraction (K)

The Kindergarten students at Scouter's Mountain were struggling with the concept of subtraction.  After my dance residency, their teacher told me they all scored As on their subtraction tests.  

Addition/ Subtraction Lesson Plan

Life Cycle of Plants (2)

The second grade teachers at Free Orchards Elementary wanted to focus on observations of nature and seeds, but their kids also needed more help with adjectives and adverbs.

Life Cycle of Plants Lesson Plan

Narrative Writing (K-6)

The staff at Lenox Elementary  decided to focus on Language Arts for their whole-school residency.   We started with this framework, then tweaked content for each grade.

Narrative Writing Lesson Plan

Solar System/Models (5)

The Solar System has been a popular choice for 5th grade teachers.  For this class, I was asked to focus on model-building, so our student showcase culminated in  a student-performed, dancing model of our solar system.  

System/Models Lesson Plan

STEM: Invention Challenge (6-8)

The science staff at Arbor School of Arts and Sciences wanted to prepare their students for an invention challenge.  The teachers asked me to focus on the concepts of collaboration and revision.  The students created dances, gave each other feedback, and performed them.  They created some really cool dances.  (It was awesome!)

Invention Challenge Overview

Newton's Laws (6-8)

At the middle school level, physics can get really fun.  Newton's Laws come to life in small group dance games.  When they are stacked together, these games become student-created choreography.  It might take a while to warm them up, but the reward is great when I see the students begin to shed their inhibitions.   

Physics Lesson Plan


*Travel costs additional. Travel is based on irs standard rate from beaverton, or. for distances further than 25 miles, additional charges may apply.


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Nicole McCall @ Dance Your Heart Out®

965 NW 161st Terrace, Beaverton, OR 97006, US

(971) 701-8662