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Swing City Dance Studio Ann Arbor, MI
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 expresss 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 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.

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 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 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 (734) 668-7782 and swingcitydance@earthlink.net

 


 

Swing City Dance Studio
Susan Filipiak, Director
1960 S. Industrial E & F
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Phone: (734) 668-7782
Email: swingcitydance@earthlink.net