ELIZABETH, NJ: 10 Hairy Legs presents FREE performance as part of Dance to Learn program
10 Hairy Legs
10 Hairy Legs will provide the Dance to Learn program to all second grade students at the Jerome Dunn Academy #9 in Elizabeth, NJ. The Creative Movement Residency includes 11 consecutive weekly classes during the school day taught to 100 students by 10 Hairy Legs Teaching Artists Shawn Brush and Danielle Mondi. Both are graduates of Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University, earning BFA's in Dance, as well as current performing artists.
The professional company will perform at the school on Wednesday, December 13 at 9:30 am with students in the program participating. The performance is free and open to the community.
10 Hairy Legs Executive Director Elizabeth Shaff Sobo noted, "We are pleased to return to Elizabeth Public Schools to provide Dance to Learn to all 2nd grade students at Jerome Dunn Academy #9. We greatly applaud that they embrace the value of creative learning through dance as an important component of their students' academic growth."
Dennis Argul, Supervisor of Music for the district stated, "The Elizabeth Public Schools are thrilled to have the Dance to Learn program as partners once again this year! Our experiences with the partnership last year at William F. Halloran School #22 was so successful that we were able to hire a fulltime dance teacher and now offer dance as a performance art on that campus. The students at Jerome Dunn Academy #9 are eager to begin learning the art of dance and the untapped talents of these students will be a joy to watch come to fruition! I am eager to see the students grow and blossom as dancers and scholars!"
Principal Yalitza Torres added, "Here at Jerome Dunn Academy we are thrilled to have the opportunity to partner with DTL to offer our 2nd graders the joy of dance. We know the value of the Arts and its impact on teaching and learning. Our students are elated, honored and overall ready to dance!"
Classroom Teacher Barbara Fahoury expressed her enthusiasm - "How wonderful, I can't wait to see our kids learn through dance! We are even more excited to see them perform. This is truly a dream for our kids! Thank you Dance To Learn!"
The Geraldine R Dodge Foundation partners with Young Audiences, Dance New Jersey, professional dance companies and teachers topromotethe Dance to Learn experience. 10 Hairy Legs was awarded a grant from the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation for the fourth consecutive year to deliver the program. Dance to Learnis a four-year interdisciplinary and inclusive dance curriculum with the goal to advance dance education in schools and community settings.It is a model of dance education that meets or exceeds the NJ Department of Education Core Curriculum Standards for Dance and the National Core Arts Standards in Dance.
The Dance To Learn curriculum is both arts-based and truly arts-integrated because it encourages students to explore, internalize and transform classroom learning and the elements of dance while developing their individual creative voices, offers opportunities for students to reflect, critique and connect personal experiences to their learning of dance and in their classrooms, is adaptive to any dance style, genre, or culture, provides an inroad to kinesthetic learning and connects to language arts, mathematics, science and social studies, physical education and music curriculums and offers formative and summative assessment and documentation tools to help measure the effectiveness of student learning and facilitator impact.
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