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Elements of Dance | Dance Arts Toolkit

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What are the basic ingredients of dance? This video introduces the elements of dance (space, time, and force) and their sub-elements, with videos of dancers that exemplify how the elements and sub-elements are applied.

Go Outside and Play: Outdoor Theater Performance | KIDS Clubhouse Adventures

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Playing outside makes kids happier, healthier and stronger! In this segment of KIDS Clubhouse Adventures, co-host Abby Brown leads kids in theater exercises, including stretches and tongue twisters, which lead to a performance.

Max’s Diary: Theater Production | KIDS Clubhouse Adventures

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Max’s imagination takes viewers on amazing adventures. In this segment of KIDS Clubhouse Adventures, Max discovers his most important prop is broken on the eve of opening night. He decides to engineer a stronger, fancier prop and finishes just in time!

Read a Good Book: Making Masks | KIDS Clubhouse Adventures

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KIDS Clubhouse Adventures kids read and discover more about theater. Masks can be an important part of a costume in any production! In this clip, kids make their own masks to portray a variety of feelings and characters.

Theater Etiquette with Fancy Frog | KIDS Clubhouse Adventures

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Puppets explore Clubhouse themes with fun and imagination! Fancy Frog describes the appropriate behavior in a theater while Blathertrap tries his hardest to oblige.

Self-Portraits | Arts After School

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Teaching artist Pat Ritter visited Burkesville Elementary School to work with arts and humanities teacher Dana Duvall on a summer arts camp. Ritter describes how she taught the class, showing them examples of art and using a poster to remind students of the steps in the process. She advises teachers to reach out to artists in their communities for ideas on how to do summer art program, and to consider what is age and ability appropriate for their students.

Mr. Wiggle and Mr. Waggle/Monsieur Wiggle et Monsieur Waggle | A World of Stories

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Storyteller Priscilla Howe performs a fingerplay story, using her thumbs as the main characters. The simple story about two best friends draws on rhythm, repetition, and movement. The story is available in English and French.

 

The Two Gals | Kentucky/Appalachian Culture

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In this video, storyteller Anndrena Belcher tells the story of two sisters, one kind and compassionate, the other lazy and greedy, and their separate adventures in a land they discover at the bottom of their well. In telling the story, Belcher invites young people in the audience to assume roles and participate.

Creative Motivation

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In these segments, artist Mark Ecko discusses what motivates him to create his art, and what "creativity" means to him. This resource teaches students what "motivation" and "creativity" mean, and empowers students to create their own art.

Magnapinna Squid | Songs for Unusual Creatures | PBS Digital Studios

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"We were doing a dive with our remote vehicle off of Hawaii at about 4,000 meters ... and saw what looked like a rope hanging in front of the camera," says David Clague of the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI). "It turned out to be one of the arms of this gigantic squid! None of us had seen anything like it." Join Michael Hearst from Songs for Unusual Creatures as he visits David at MBARI in Moss Landing, CA to discuss the Magnapinna Squid. Then undulate along to spectacular footage of this unusual creature while music is performed on trumpet, trombone, and tuba.

Elephant Shrew | Songs for Unusual Creatures | PBS Digital Studios

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It's true; it's true; there's an elephant shrew! Surprisingly, it's not related to the shrew at all. In fact, it's more closely related to manatees, aardvarks, tenrecs, and -- you guessed it -- elephants! Join Michael Hearst from Songs for Unusual Creatures as he visits the Smithsonian National Zoo in Washington, D.C. Then check out his band performing the song he came up with for these unusual creatures. 

Jesus Christ Lizard | Songs for Unusual Creatures | PBS Digital Studios

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Behold the Jesus Christ Lizard! People have given the common basilisk this name because of its amazing ability to run on water. This unusual creature inspired Michael Hearst from Songs for Unusual Creatures to compose a song for the toy piano and his friend Margaret Leng Tan was kind enough to play it.

Simple Gifts

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Listen as Grammy award-winning pianist/composer Dave Grusin and violinist Mark O’Connor, whose career has been based on the intersection of classical music and American folk music, perform "Simple Gifts" during Jazz and the Philharmonic, a one-of-a-kind concert project conceived by music producer Larry Rosen that merges jazz and classical music.

Importance of the Arts for Young People

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Learn from Grammy award-winning musicians Chick Corea, Terence Blanchard, and Eric Owens, as well as aspiring young artists, about the importance of introducing the arts into young people’s lives. Alongside performance footage associated with in Jazz and the Philharmonic, they discuss their involvement with the YoungArts Foundation, and the importance of other individuals and organizations that support arts for American youth. Involvement in the arts can provide hope, life lessons, and a validation of purpose that can set students on a rich life journey.

Fostering Creativity Through the Arts

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Jazz and the Philharmonic musical participant and interviewee Chick Corea explains his belief in the power of creativity. The 20-time Grammy winning pianist has spent a lifetime not only perfecting his craft but also in educating, and espouses the view that when children are exposed to any one of the multidisciplinary arts, these same children will reach beyond their comfort zone to a place that allows them to fulfill their full creative and artistic potential.

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