DISCOVER DANCE is the largest, most comprehensive program within PNB’s education offerings. DISCOVER DANCE provides high-quality, standards-based dance education and world-class professional dance resources to schools that otherwise offer little or no dance instruction.
DISCOVER DANCE provides students with opportunities to learn skills and processes needed to bring an original creative work to life. At each partner school, all classrooms and students from one grade level participate in a residency lasting an average of three months with instruction taking place during the school day. Mirroring professional artistic practices and using curriculum that blends creative movement and choreographic tools, students work as a class to create their own dance.
Additionally, partner classrooms attend live professional performances at Marion Oliver McCaw Hall, tour PNB’s studios and costume shop, observe and meet Company dancers, and perform their original choreography at McCaw Hall or PNB’s professional studios.
Each participating school is highly involved in planning and implementation of the program. Teachers are key in planning lessons that relate to classroom curriculum; principals and staff are instrumental in providing communication home to families and coordinating space and in-school opportunities for students.
For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 206.441.9411 x4121.
For Partner Schools
DISCOVER DANCE residencies are divided into four phases of learning which mirror professional artistic practice. Each phase has distinct learning objectives based on state standards in dance. Lessons also support program and classroom goals and 21st Century skills, such as collaboration and perseverance. All lessons are aligned with state standards in dance.
Rehearse and Refine
Performance and Reflection
A hallmark of DISCOVER DANCE is integration with other subject areas- aligning learning objectives and vocabulary across disciplines. Examples of DISCOVER DANCE curriculum integration units include:
Folktales, Fairy Tales, Myths
Counting, Multiplication, and Grouping
Symmetry and Rotation
Balance and Weighing
Solids & Liquids
Washington State geography
at McCaw Hall
More than 700 elementary and middle school students perform works they collaboratively create, on stage at McCaw Hall. Performances include original works created in residencies by the students and their PNB teaching artists. Also featured in the performances are REACH Student Dance Group and PNB Company dancers.
Saturday, November 14, 2020, 2:00 pm
Featuring student dancers from: Arbor Heights Elementary, Broadview Thomson K-8, Highland Park Elementary, and Licton Springs K-8
Saturday, March 27, 2021, 11:30 am
Featuring student dancers from: Daniel Bagley Elementary, Eastgate Elementary, Graham Hill Elementary, and Thurgood Marshall Elementary