FALL CONFERENCE PRESENTERS
Providing professional experiences, empathic perspectives, and new knowledge
NYU Steinhardt, SUNY Purchase
Keynote Address: Teaching and learning as a Mobius strip: Empathy, Perseverance and Service
Breakout Session: Designing a study abroad experience, notes from the field: NYU in Uganda
This session will explore Deborah Damast's experiences in developing NYU's Uganda study abroad course and the benefits, strategies, and challenges of intercultural collaboration. Participants will learn a section of a Ugandan dance and song while discussing pedagogic practices for celebrating cultural diversity in the classroom.
Taylorsville High School
Mindfulness and meditation is becoming a tool for teachers to use to help students cope with anxiety and general stress. Some are using it more often to either begin or end class to help students train their focus. This class will incorporate movement from somatic principles and how they build awareness of the body. This will help draw parallels between body awareness and the overall awareness that comes from mindfulness and meditation.
Weber State, BTSALP Specialist
MFA, BA, CLBMA, ISMETA
Applying LMA to the K-12 classroom. This session will focus on using the Shape and Space categories of the Laban/Bartenieff Movement Analysis system to meet K-12 dance teaching standards. This session will review the concepts of the Shape and Space categories, including tips for introducing LMA vocabulary and its usage in the classroom. The end of the session will focus on lesson plan applications at the elementary, middle, and high school levels.
Southern Utah University
Session 1 "The Adult Child and Dance Theater" Participants in the workshop will address the means by which Dance Educators and choreographers can utilize popular tropes from Children's literature to craft creative works. Emphasis will be placed on movement generation and the collective "reimagining" of our favorite stories to subvert expectation and generate new, challenging material.
Session 2: "Millennial Dance Training" In this workshop, participants will confront the obstacles of training the millennial generation and acknowledging its' inherent challenges. Particular emphasis will be placed on secondary and higher ed. approaches to curating a clear, demanding and equitable learning environment.
Brigham Young University
The Addiction Dance Project, and Dancing the Stories You Cannot Speak. This class is about giving youth a voice through dance! We will learn about the Addiction Dance Project and see the final video project. We will also discuss why it is hard to talk about difficult topics in the dance classroom, but also why it is so incredibly important. During this class we will give specific tools and strategies to help you successfully do this with your own students. You will see snippets of continuing dance projects created using these tools, experiencing topics such as grief, identity, and sexual assault. When we dance the stories that we cannot speak, we not only create powerful art, we create powerful people.
University of Utah
Dropping Science: Hip hop basics for teachers.
This class is an introduction to the history, key players, and big ideas of hip hop culture and how it relates to the contemporary classroom. The session will include discussion on the “five elements” and give teachers some basic skills of hip hop movement and freestyle concepts.
Breakout Session 1: Floor work, breathing, yielding, moving from the core, standing, head/tail, synthesis (?), final phrase, phrase manipulation, who is the author of this movement? “Simplifying to the extreme, I define postmodern as incredulity toward metanarratives.” (Jean-François Lyotard, The Postmodern Condition: A Report on Knowledge)
Breakout Session 2: Katsugen is a part of the Japanese healing tradition that seeks to maintain the harmony of all the body’s functions, from the grossest to the subtlest level. This class will begin with a brief Aikido/Qigong warm-up, followed by partner work and culminating in an improvised performance. We will explore some of the following concepts: what is yielding? What is blending? What is “outer” and what is “inner”? How does one move from the center? How does one tap into the innate intelligence of the body? This class is open to all movers who are comfortable with partner work.
Utah Valley University
Dancing the Issues: Choreography as a vehicle for activism, storytelling, and social change.
In this breakout session we will discuss the process of combining contextual research with choreography and artistic direction to delve into the exploration of humanity’s role in forging cultural change, rebelling against injustices, and working to build peace.