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:
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.
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:
Science and dance are a natural fit. Systems, patterns, cause and effect can all be covered through dance. Here are some topic ideas:
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:
Stuck in a chair reading for Language Arts? Get moving instead!
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!
Dance is a natural teacher of many social/emotional lessons. Here are some topics we have covered:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!)
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.
Workshops are One-Time Events. In addition to schools, workshops can be designed for Corporate-Types, Girls Scouts, and Parties.
For students in grades K-12, this one-time event can be designed with a topic of your choosing. Can be held in a classroom, gym, or multipurpose room.
Professional development workshop for teachers who want to learn how to incorporate movement into their lessons. This works especially well as a staff meeting.
I've taught at lots of parties. Here's a few: Ballet Princess parties, Hip Hop dance parties, and Father/Daughter dance parties.
Cost based on $150/hour.
Typically, a residency is for 5 days. They can be spread out over a few weeks, or held for 5 consecutive days. If a school wants to integrate a residency into their STEAM or ARTS night, that's possible. (And it's fun!)
I keep prep meetings short and sweet. They are so very important to the success of residencies. This is when teachers' tell me exactly what they hope the residency will cover, and give me any tips or advice on classroom management.
Meetings are 45-60 minutes long.
"Classroom Session" is the name for when I meet with the students. It can be in the classroom, or in a gym or auditorium. A standard residency has 5 classroom sessions, but this is adaptable to meet teachers' goals.
Classroom sessions are 50 minutes long.
If students are preparing for a performance, it really helps them practice in the environment where they will perform. (This is especially critical for visual learners and younger students. )
If you'd like the kids to perform at a special evening event, just ask! A show is a great culmination of their hard work, and we can design roles for hesitant performers.
Keep in mind that kids will need some extra rehearsal time to calm their nerves.
Want more information? Need help with an event? Do you have a crazy idea? No worries, let's chat. For the quickest response, please call or text. Cheers!
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