DANCE TO LEARN

PNB Community Education programming values:

  • a creative process and classroom culture which empowers students as creative agents
  • building community, connection, and collaboration within classroom communities
  • student-centered, inclusive, & culturally responsive curriculum
  • movement and the arts as fundamental parts of basic education and the human experience

For the 2020-21 school year, PNB is offering flexible, virtual programming with the following core elements:

  • virtual, experiential dance activities delivered through live and/or pre-recorded 15-30 minute video sessions; a series of 3-12 sessions is recommended
  • arts integration curriculum tailored to your school
  • focus on Social Emotional Learning competency areas and activities authentic to the arts that support student mental and emotional health
  • understanding that engagement will look different for each student (technology access, physical space, physical embodiment of movement)
  • PNB staff will work with you to make content available/accessible to distribute through the existing digital platforms/tools your school is using
  • a modified fee structure to reflect a virtual learning model; schools with a published free/reduced lunch status of more than 50% may also qualify for sliding-scale program fees

Contact education@pnb.org for more information.

For free, on-demand video movement activities led by PNB teaching artists, please visit our Video Learning Series.

DANCE TO LEARN is an integrated arts residency program for grades K-12. PNB teaching artists work in collaboration with classroom teachers to design a series of dance classes that blends creative movement, choreography, and concepts from other subject areas. Every session includes live musical accompaniment.

What do students learn?

PNB works with teachers to develop residency curriculum that reflects the goals of the school, classroom, and PNB. Residencies follow a PNB-developed curriculum outline rooted in state standards, 21st Century skills (collaboration and perseverance), and professional artistic practices. Students learn dance and choreographic basics, as well as connecting dance concepts to concepts from other subject areas.

How many sessions are in a DANCE TO LEARN residency?

Residencies are customizable to the needs of each school. Typically, residencies last 3-12 sessions per classroom.

Where does the residency take place?

A PNB teaching artist and accompanist will come to your school for residency classes. A large, open space (such as a gym or cafeteria) is recommended.

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About Arts Integration

Arts integration uses shared concepts between dance and another area of study. Many schools create custom units with their PNB teaching artist. Examples of DANCE TO LEARN curriculum units include:

Literacy

Dancing stories
Folktales, Fairy Tales, Myths
Poetry

Math

Counting, Multiplication, and Grouping
Symmetry and Rotation

Science

Balance and Weighing
Microworlds
Sound
Solids & Liquids

Social Studies

Washington State geography
Immigration

What does it cost?

DANCE TO LEARN residencies are $125 per session. This fee includes teaching artist teaching and planning time, live musical accompaniment, and collaboration time with the classroom teacher.

Discounts are available for multiple sessions and/or classrooms. Schools with a published free/reduced lunch status of more than 50% may also qualify for sliding-scale program fees.

Field Trips

Schools have the option to schedule one of their residency sessions as a field trip to PNB studios for a behind the scenes experience. Schools are responsible for their own transportation. Subject to scheduling availability.

More Information

Contact education@pnb.org or 206.441.2432.

PNB is a rostered partner with The Creative Advantage—Seattle Public Schools’ plan to provide equitable arts education. PNB is also a partner with Bellevue School District’s summer school program.