ANNEX DANCE COMPANY
Using the standards and grade specific curriculum, students will use creative movement to explore dance compositional elements such as shape, levels, dynamic pathways, space time, and effort. Most residencies will conclude with a dance created by the students in collaboration with Annex Dance Company. Residencies are taught by 2-3 Annex Dance Company members allowing for small group, partner, and individual work in class.
- Build self esteem and knowledge of content through creative movement
Program Description: Annex Dance integrates movement into any content area. Using dance to expose students to creative movement and enhance the learning experience whether it is ELA, Science, Social Studies or Math.
3rd – 5th Grade Math– Common Denominator: Explore fractions through movement exercises including use of number lines, addition, and subtraction. Students will be introduced to dance compositional concepts such as shape, levels, and dynamics. Opportunity for small group work as students create connected shapes and movement phrases to solve math problems. Most residencies will conclude with a dance created by the students in collaboration with Annex Dance Company.
3rd-5th Grade Social Studies– The Jazz Age: Learn the social dances of the Jazz Age such as the Charleston, the Shim Sham Shimmy, the Varsity Drag, and the Lindy Hop. Students will have an opportunity to sample each of the Jazz Age dances, and then specific classes will be taught one dance to perform at the end of the residency.
3rd – 5th Grade ELA– With These Words: Focusing on literary works that span the curriculum, students will focus on using creative movement to explore compositional elements such as shape, levels, dynamic pathways, space, time, and effort. Exploration of literary work will be more abstract, allowing for students to think outside the box as they create movement to represent the words and themes. Most residencies will conclude with a dance created by the students in collaboration with Annex Dance Company.
3rd-5th Grade Science– Forces and Motion: Students will explore the push and pull of bodies through space comparing speed and direction. Using position terms such as above and below, students will identify the position of created shapes in relation to one another. Students will explore balanced and unbalanced forces, and how they affect the rate and direction of motion. Most residencies will conclude with a dance created by the students in collaboration with Annex Dance Company.
SC Academic Standards for Dance Addressed During this Residency:
D3-2.1 Use movement exploration to discover, compose, and perform solutions to movement problems based on a variety of stimuli (for example, sensory cues, ideas, moods).
D4-4.1 Create and demonstrate multiple solutions to several complex movement problems (for example, moving through space in a curving pathway while changing levels) and identify the most interesting solutions.
D5-3.5 Create and perform a brief dance sequence that communicates a topic of personal significance.
D6-5.2 Identify the role of dance in various cultures and historical contexts and distinguish the similarities and differences among them.
D7-7.3 Create a movement phrase that demonstrates an understanding of a concept or idea from another discipline or everyday life (for example, symmetry, asymmetry).
D8-4.1 Create and demonstrate multiple solutions to movement problems; identify the most interesting solutions and explain his or her choices.