School-wide Dance Program at Providencia Elementary

SIX WEEK GARRI DANCE STUDIO STANDARDS PROGRAM CULMINATING IN A SPRING DANCE PRODUCTION
Providencia Elementary School | Funded Fall 2017

Wanting to introduce their students to professional dance instruction, Providencia Elementary applied for a Foundation grant for an artist-in-residency program. Matched by funds from the Providencia PTA, the school was able to bring in a teaching artist from Garri Dance Studio to provide weekly dance instruction to every classroom. For six weeks, students learned “vocabulary unique to dance and directly related to their teacher’s lesson plans in either math, reading, and/or social studies, VAPA dance standards, and unique choreography tailored to suit each class, age, and ability level.” The program culminated in a Spring Dance performace.

“This program affected all students at Providencia. Our students fervently applied themselves and were rewarded for their efforts. Instruction in the five VAPA standards gave our students a deeper understanding of visual and performing arts and indeed rekindled an appreciation for both dance and learning. Our goal was to inspire our children’s curiosity, encourage them to accept challenges, and strengthen their burgeoning growth mindset. We feel that the program met all of those goals. The most successful part of the project is that it provided our students with a new vehicle for self-expression. For some students, the program awakened a new desire to participate in the arts or embark on a journey of self-discovery.” -Lesley Hornbeck & Kendra Heintz, Providencia PTA

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