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Susan Filipiak, Dance Educator
 

 

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 organization

swingcitydance@earthlink.net

 


 

Swing City Dance - Susan Filipiak
Teaching at Ann Arbor Dance Classics
3777 Plaza Drive
Ann Arbor, MI 48108
(734) 302-4248