Local Motion Project is part of Virginia Commision for the Arts Teaching Roster.
Local Motion Project offers a wide variety of dance and professional development experiences and can tailor each one for specific needs. Examples include, but are not limited to:
Youth Dance Residencies: Students will explore the Elements of Dance (Body Action Space Time Energy) and how they relate to different dance genres and dance-making. Collaboratively students will learn to create choreography inspired by different styles of dance, art, and or books. These classes inspire children to create and understand dance, collaborate with their peers, and find joy in movement. Teaching artists can implement cross-curricular lesson planning.
Movement for Creativity and Well-being: For adults 60+ This course aims to enhance the participants’ relationship with their body. Movement (and its quality) can increase strength, mobility, balance, flexibility – and joy! Classes are inspired by elements of fitness and dance. No previous experience necessary – open to all! The ability to stand for short periods of time is recommended. Class will incorporate seated movement and a full seated option for those who prefer or need it. We can provide chair specific classes.
Community Dance Making: Come together as we explore the elements of dance, improvisational and dance making. In this collective experience we will come together to create a dance based on ideas curated from the participants. This workshop will be guided, and each participant can participate at their level of comfort. See what happens when live art is created in the community! These are great for team building.
Professional Development for Classroom Teachers- Dance Integration: This workshop allows elementary teachers to experience the benefits of dance integration, teaching classroom content and dance side-by-side, through active participation and collaboration. Teachers will with concrete tools and repeatable methods to engage all students, including English Learners and those with disabilities. The methods shared in the workshop can be easily and immediately integrated into any class or content area. Resources are shared.
Professional Development Dance Educators: Inspired teaching. This workshop addresses current topics and issues in dance education and how they impact studio and K-12 curriculum and pedagogy. Local Motion Project believes studio dance education is a vital component in keeping the field of dance alive and thriving. Workshop participants will explore how to: implement equitable and inclusive policies and programming, include dance-making as an essential component to your curriculum, incorporate props, help students increase body awareness, imbed social-emotional learning strategies into the curriculum and pedagogy, ignite a passion for continued learning in both teachers and student, and identify throughlines in curriculum that tie all ages and genres together.
Current Teaching Artist Residencies:
These are partially or fully supported by City of Alexandria, Virginia Commission for the Arts and National Endowment for the Arts
Past Partnerships, Residencies, and Professional Development:
Private Dance Studios, and independent teaching artists