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 express ourselves through movement.
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 Dance - 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.
Ballroom & 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 with a partner.
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 family sock-hop.
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