Program Description: As an instructor Kirk Sprinkles’ priority is to inspire students to want to learn. Students take an active role in the lesson, helping them integrate dance through history. Creating an imaginary environment is fun for all! (History standards across grade levels addressed)
3rd– 5th Grade: Mathematics and Dance – (addition/subtraction or multiplication) – incorporating tap dance and rhythmic patterns to help students learn multiplication, addition, and subtraction. It can be taught with clapping and stomping, or more percussive with different props to act as drums.
3rd- 8th Grade: Dance Origins: An original arts program designed to introduce dance education through a historical lens. Dance forms taught with cultural and historical lessons that explain the origin of each specific genre. This fully interactive curriculum teaches, entertains, and engages young minds by their becoming a part of the lesson.
3rd– 8th Grade: History and Dance (Early settlers in North America, Black History month, Native Americans, Renaissance and Romantic Eras, European cultures, etc) – dance can easily be connected to an era by exploring cultures and social dances or even language through dance.
3rd– 8th Grade: Language Arts and Dance (Reading, Writing, and Linguistic/Communication Skills) – integrate dance choreography, and song to relate to the focal points of: periods of silent sustained reading, cursive writing, syntax, thematic writing and vocabulary. This can be achieved through the use of lyrics (sustained reading), choreography (cursive writing), dance formations (syntax), improvisation (writing and vocab).
3rd– 8th Grade: Geometry and Dance (Shapes) – the art of dance can be easily integrated into learning shapes though a series of choreographed patterns and the relationship between each student (represents each point). Obtuse and acute angles, skewed and parallel lines are other examples of lessons to be incorporated into the choreography. (I personally learned shapes and numbers because I am naturally a visual/spacial learner, it helped me learn verses memorize.)
3rd – 8th Grade: Creative Writing and Dance (Poetry) – using dance and music to create imagery and bring life to a series of poems. Through interpretive dance and singing, students have learned some of the most complex sonnets, acrostic, haikus and limericks (using tap), etc.