Susan Filipiak visits preschools, elementary
schools, middle and high schools to bring dance into the school curriculum with these projects:
What is Dance? - Participatory
workshop exploring the performance art of dance. Introduce and explore the techniques and artistry of dance. Find
out how a dancer is an artist, a musician, an athlete, a poet, a storyteller. Explore how we expresss ourselves through
Traditional Cultures Dance - We
Dance - Participatory workshop exploring dance forms of traditional cultures. Explore
how the dance of traditional cultures teaches life skills, cultural heritage and community values.
Dance in the Classroom: A Secret Path to Success - Workshops exploring ways to use dance as a teaching tool to reach kinesthetic learners. Teach the other school
disciplines - art, music, language arts, sports, mathematics, science, social studies - through creative dance movement.
Understanding Jazz Music through Jazz Movement
- Use movement to understand the principles of jazz music - melody, theme and variation, improvisation,
the roles of the different jazz instruments and styles of jazz music. Learn historic jazz dances - the Charleston, Swing
Dance, the Cakewalk.
American Tap Dance and Irish
Step Dance - Explore using your feet as a musical instrument. Sample American Tap
Dance, American Clogging, Irish Step Dance, Flamenco.
& Swing Dance - Social partner dancing for Grades 5-12. Learn the Jitterbug
Swing, Salsa, Tango, Waltz, Fox Trot. Learn dances for a lifetime of social dancing fun. Teach respect, cooperation
and patience in completing a task holding one another's hands.
Dance Through Time - Dance in the American 20th Century - Get students "in the
skin" of someone from the past through dance. Connect with American history, social studies, music and language
arts. This project can be a whole-school project that concludes with a school day performance assembly and an evening
A Country Barn Dance - Discover the life, music and dance of rural America. Connect with American history, social studies, music and
language arts. This project can be a whole-school project that concludes with a school day performance assembly and
an evening family barn dance.
Please contact Susan Filipiak
for more information and bring dance into your school or community organization (734) 668-7782 and firstname.lastname@example.org