Dancing With the Creative Process:
How to incorporate standards-based dance and movement
activities in classroom learning and assessment

John Morris, Dancer, Educator, Teaching Artist

 

Workshop Details 

This experiential workshop will guide arts teachers and teaching artists through a series of powerful yet simple creative movement and dance making explorations that are standards-based, and well suited to integrate with any content area. You will learn basic movement tools and a dance making activity that you can implement – no dance background needed - to help your students explore classroom content and engage in creative problem solving together. Teachers of all arts disciplines are welcome. Grades PK-12 All Educators 

 

Presenter Bio

John Morris is a dancer, educator and teaching artist. Additionally, he has a background in large-scale arts assessment and creativity research. Born and raised in Maine, John has recently returned after living in New York City for many years, as well as spending four years in the Shetland Islands in the UK. When not focused on dance, John works as a personal development coach.

 

link overview video

 

 

Outline & linked resources

 

Introduction

• Creative dance movement

• Your background, my background

The creative process

The Elements of Dance

 

Warm-up – Movement Circle

• Breathe/shake/sound

• Name shape, copy

• Copy a shape and pass a new one

• Pass high, middle, low shapes

 

Walking Exploration of Dance Elements

 

Discuss/review Dance Elements handout – ways to integrate

 

Dance Making Activity

Dance Making Tools

The dance activity

   o Create opening shape

   o Explore stimulus focusing on three of the elements

   o Transformation

   o End in new shape

 

Show and Discuss

• Show 2 times

• Viewers comment/dancers describe

 

Assessment Issues

• Dance related

• The standards Q & A

Call us:

207.287.2750

Write us: 

Maine Arts Commission

Attn: Martha Piscuskas

193 State Street, 25 SHS

Augusta, Maine 04333-0025

E-mail us: 

Martha Piscuskas: martha.piscuskas@maine.gov

Argy Nestor: meartsed@gmail.com

Catherine Ring: ms.catherinering@gmail.com

Rob Westerberg: mainellama4@gmail.com

~ The Maine Arts Leadership Initiative is a program of the Maine Arts Commission ~