Congratulations Comdoc Flashmob!

This weekend the Comdoc Flashmob performed their dance at the annual company holiday party.  The cast met once a week for 7 weeks and once a day for 1 week.  Andrea Capuano and Donna Neff organized song selections.  Capuano and her husband actually wrote and recorded lyrics to match the inside jokes of the office’s jovial spirit.  I’m so proud of the way they executed the choreography!

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Recapping the Summer

This Summer offered a variety of stamina building and endurance training.  While the heat was a bummer to most Ohioans…the dancers can stretch farther and train better in the heat.  This was something I looked forward to each day.

MOVING TO MATH WORKBOOK DRAFTED:

In the beginning of the summer I met up with Lighthouse Ministries in S.E. Canton to launch their staff with MOVING TO MATH curricula and training.  This went well.  Best part – I have a full draft completed for my Math workbook.  Now, to get good photos this year! 

I hope to begin training teachers at the end of this school year.  That would be May 2013.  The fitness element is the most exiting part to me.  The results from last year’s students math proficiency and fitness assessments were good.  You can look forward to a full post on that soon.

CHOREOGRAPHED MAGICAL THEATRE KID CAMP:

  This choreography experience is one that I’ve come to love.  It’s all out live musical theatre.  The kids learn to work hard from 9am-4pm.  We enjoy their company from 8-5pm.  Then, in a short 2 weeks time they learn an entire musical review.

This year it was themed: RADIO.  The time – tune – travelers pop in and out of radio decades to bring audience members along.  Everything from Jenny’s 867-5309 to War of the Worlds.  All kids. Voguing and Kung Fu Fighting.

CAMP NEOSA ARTS CONSERVATORY

Immediately following KID camp – I drove down through the beautiful landscape of Atwood Lake Region in Ohio to Camp Neosa.  It is so very beautiful.  There, I met 12 art conservation dance students.  The instructor Jackie Hemming has been faithfully teaching them and boy, could they groove.  They have strong ideas about dance – which I LOVE.  The technique class was a challenge, as always, for expressive dancers.  But, I saw my favorite action.  I love that moment when the dancer discovers that the study of technique is created for them to reach their vision.  I look forward to an exciting future for these students.

FIRST FRIENDS DANCE CAMP

This year instead of PRINCESS CAMP…I chose to launch the summer dance camp.  It’s not that I got tired of pink…but I believed it was time.  The students ranged from age 3-15.  Classes in technique were given and also Hip-Hop.  Students learned about DIRECTIONAL DANCES.  There is actually a movement scale designed by Rudolf Laban.  Similarly to DO, RAE, ME, FA, SO, LA, TE, DO…Up, Down, Side,Side, Front, Back, and Diagonal.

What’s NEXT??

It is that time again!  Time to gear up for the school year to begin.  My plans are to continue at Akron Public Schools with the after-school Hip-Hop Dance Classes.  I expect great things from myself this Fall as a teaching artist.  It is time to book your classroom!!!

Thanks for reading!  Have a great time with Back To School!

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Preparing for Lighthouse Ministries

This evening I am in CRUNCH land.  Ever been there?  It’s when your schedule becomes so jam packed that you have several days and nights of work.  This morning I had the great opportunity of auditioning students for the Magical Theatre Company’s summer KID CAMP.  This evening I’m finishing up the Teacher Training Manual for the MOVING TO MATH program.

Yes!  That is right.  I’m ready to train teachers for this amazing program.  Tomorrow morning I get to work with staff and students at Lighthouse Ministries in downtown Canton SE.  They believe that giving young people a summertime education is just like giving them a drink of water.  I believe this too.  I’ll release more information about that soon.  In the meantime ~ Keep moving because exercise is medicine! ~KP

Educating through DANCE demonstrations this month!

If you have ever wondered…”HOW does Kimberly teach ‘THAT’ through dance”…May is the month for you.  There will be 3 opportunities for you to experience my teaching techniques in the classroom.

Wednesday May 16th at 12:20pm at Portage Collaborative Elementary School there will be a Character in Motion Workshop.

Friday May 18th at 2:30pm at Middlebranch Elementary School there will be a Metomorphosis Demostration.

Tuesday May22nd at 11:00am and 1:30pm at The Arts Academy at Summit there will be a Moving to Math Demonstration.

Come see the students SHINE!  Join us for any of the unique experiences with dance.  You will be glad you did!

BIG THANK YOU TO ARTS IN STARK FOR FUNDING THESE AMAZING SmART PROJECTS!

Preparing for Middlebranch Elementary

A kindergarten (from German About this sound Kindergarten (help·info), literally “children’s garden”) is a preschool educational institution for children

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Wednesday morning I will have the privilege of beginning a new school.  The kindergarteners at Middlebranch Elementary School located in Plain Local School District will enjoy learning about Butterfly Metamorphosis through music, dance and visual art. For this project Benjamin Payne offered up a listen to new music he has been writing with Jon Conley (Massillon) and Mike Welsh (Canton).  It sounds exciting and fitting for the vignette performance pieces I’ve choreographed.  So this evening we commenced the recording process of the narration used in the production.

Academic Content Standards I’ll be covering:

  1. Students will invent movement ideas inspired by a stimulus from the music and visual arts disciplines.
  2. Students will connect movement and rhythm by synchronizing movements to rhythm.
  3. Demonstrate reasoning skills when asking and answering questions about their dance experience.
  4. Discuss why dance in a healthy activity.
  5. Living things are different from nonliving things. (Science)
  6. Living things have physical traits and behaviors, which influence their survival. (Science)

I found it very refreshing to create this evening while the rain began to trickle outside. There is a newness and inspiration that arrives with the study of BUTTERFLY METAMORPHOSIS.  I hope the kids and teaching staff find it as fun and inspiring as I have!