Dance

Dance (X) - Theater (X)

Creative Flow

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Drama teacher Curt Tofteland leads students in several activities designed to encourage make believe and the flow of creative movement. Students pretend to be bacon frying, popcorn kernels popping, and balloons filling and emptying with air in an exercise called “Becoming.” Moses Goldberg and actors at Stage One demonstrate how actors might prepare for roles as animals. Students then “move in the manner of” various animals and objects and respond to music with movement.

Beijing Opera Dance | Beauty of Jasmine

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This performance by students in the Lexington (Kentucky) Chinese Music, Dance, and Arts program pays tribute to the rich pageantry of Beijing Opera. Beijing Opera is a uniquely Chinese form of theater that combines colorful costuming, elaborate face painting and masks, music, mime, dance, acrobatics, and stylized combat. This resource is part of the Beauty of Jasmine collection.

 

Fine Arts and the Common Core

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Ideas and resources for teaching the Fine Arts aligned with Common Core State Standards.

African Art and Movement | Arts After School

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Teaching artist Yolantha Harrison-Pace visited Hogsett Elementary School in Danville to work with teacher Chassity Brady at a summer arts camp for grades 3-5. Harrison-Pace teaches African music, culture, and dance. For this camp she focused on an Anansi tale. Anansi is an animal trickster in the folklore of Africa and the Caribbean. Students learned about movement and tempo, as well as call and response. Harrison-Pace explains how discipline used in the arts can carry over into the classroom.

MN Original | Minnesota Citizens for the Arts

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Learn about how Minnesota Citizens for the Arts (MCA) serves as a national model for arts advocacy. In addition to their creation of the State Arts Board and Regional Arts Councils, MCA partnered with the conservation community in 2008 to develop and pass the 25-year Legacy Amendment, which builds funding for the arts into Minnesota’s constitution.

Executive Director Sheila Smith shares accomplishments from the organization’s 40-year history.

MN Original is a recipient of Legacy Amendment funds.

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Dracula Takes the Stage

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Students examine the aspects of theater by learning the process used by a high school and community group to produce an original ballet based on the  Dracula character.

The Role of the Arts

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The North Dakota Council on the Arts is a wonderful organization that provides funding to various arts groups and artists throughout the state. The story examines how arts impact areas such as quality of life, economic development and well being in a community. Come along now as we travel to Wahpeton, New Town, Watford City, Langdon and Jamestown to see the impact the organization is having on our state.

Ledoh Salt Farm: Performance Art (Butoh)

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In this Spark video produced by KQED, the dancers of the Salt Farm Butoh Dance Company and their artistic director Ledoh work on a new piece called "River of Sand," an exploration of Ledoh's birthplace, Burma. As participants in the HCA's resident artist program, the Salt Farm members have been working on the costuming, set design, lights and music and sharing the activities of their daily lives.  

Unfinished Spaces

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The Cuban Revolution changed over time, particularly for creative professionals like the architects who designed the innovative National Art Schools. What happens when the initial moment of a revolution gives way to an established ideology? This video clip and accompanying lesson plan provide insight into the Cold War Era by exploring the impact of Soviet involvement in an emerging Cuban state.

The Creative Process

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The Cirkus Theatre Project at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA)—a collaboration of the UNCSA School of Design and Production and Cirque du Soleil—offers students the opportunity to develop student-driven creative performances. These students compete to become Cirkus Theatre Resident Artists for the summer to rehearse, stage, and perform their pieces. This video, produced by the 2013 WGBH Boston Kenan Fellows, documents the creative process as the students bring their performances to fruition. 

MN Original | Brownbody: Performing Arts

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Brownbody Performing Arts Company combines figure skating, modern dance, storytelling, social justice and theater into one inspiring performance. It is a space within the world of skating where stories and movement and shaped and told by African American skaters and artists. It is listening and communicating with the body as well as poetry and singing.