Overview: Residencies with Seattle Area Schools
Pacific Northwest Ballet’s DISCOVER DANCE program provides standards-based dance education to schools that otherwise offer little or no dance instruction. Instruction takes place during the school day and supports classroom goals by integrating other subjects into dance classes. During the course of the program, students have the opportunity to explore dance making and performance by participating in PNB’s DISCOVER DANCE Community Performance. DISCOVER DANCE is free to participating schools.
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. PNB also provides professional development opportunities to participating schools via lesson plans, video and web-based resources, and workshops.
PNB Teaching Artists
Pacific Northwest Ballet teaching artists are trained dancers and teachers with extensive experience working in public school settings. Teaching artists participate in ongoing professional development in a variety of fields and participate in regular program assessment and evaluation. PNB makes every effort to assign a teaching artist to a school for multiple years to create strong partnerships and collaborations. For more information, including bios, please visit our Community and Education and staff page.
DISCOVER DANCE is administered by Pacific Northwest Ballet, one of the largest and most highly regarded ballet companies in the United States. PNB’s DISCOVER DANCE program is currently in its 12th year and has more than 5,000 student alumni. During the course of the program, PNB acts as lead administrative coordinator for all aspects of the program with valuable input from teachers—including teaching artist assignments, planning, parent communication, and scheduling. PNB participates in regular program assessment with an outside evaluator for DISCOVER DANCE. These findings and results are shared with PNB, school and district staff, and as teachers and teaching artists.
Report on Student Learning
PNB participates in regular program evaluation of DISCOVER DANCE. Evaluation is based on student assessments, teacher feedback, and alignment with state arts standards. Throughout the 2014–2015 season, PNB reached 22,785 students, teachers, and families through in-school programming, visits to PNB studios, specially-priced student matinees, and community partnerships. DISCOVER DANCE is the largest, most comprehensive program within PNB’s educational offerings. All programmatic elements of DISCOVER DANCE are available to any school in the area.
Download the 2014–2015 DISCOVER DANCE Report on Student Learning.
Benefits & Considerations
- Students will participate in standards-based dance classes led by PNB teaching artists.
- Students will work together with their peers to create meaningful choreography that demonstrates creativity, knowledge, and cooperation.
- Students will have the opportunity to visit PNB dancers during rehearsal, tour the PNB costume shop, and attend PNB performances.
- Students will have the opportunity to perform their choreography on stage at McCaw Hall in a performance that also features PNB dancers.
- Students and families will be invited to PNB performances free of charge (outside of school hours).
- Every class from one grade level participates from each school, and every student in these classes participates.
For Schools & Teachers
- PNB will provide opportunities for other classrooms and teachers in the school, such as preference for fieldtrips and workshops, free or discounted tickets, and in-school student performances.
- DISCOVER DANCE lesson plans are tied into classroom curriculum and are developed with teachers and staff to maximize student learning. These lesson plans, additional standards-based materials, and professional development workshops are made available to all educators in the school.
- Partner schools will be involved in state (Washington State Arts Commission) and nationally (National Endowment for the Arts) funded arts programs that address district needs.
- Teaching space and classroom time must be identified by school staff and teachers for instruction during the school day.
- DISCOVER DANCE can be integrated into the current PCP/specialist time to minimize classroom time dedicated to the program.
- Schools will be responsible for coordinating transportation related to DISCOVER DANCE, including a dress rehearsal at McCaw Hall, fieldtrip to PNB studios and/or matinee, and optional family transportation to the DISCOVER DANCE performance.
For Seattle Public Schools
- Increased access to dance for students who currently have little or no dance instruction.
- SPS teachers will have the opportunity to collaborate with their peers at their own school, as well as at other participating schools in the district.
- SPS will receive program evaluation materials to verify educational value, progress, and overall effectiveness of each school partnership.
- PNB is committed to working with SPS to identify ways to improve and scale the program to meet the needs of additional schools in the district.
The DISCOVER DANCE Performance Partnership is a consortium of schools who have been long-time participants in PNB's Community Education Programs. Partner schools participate in three-to-five-month in-school residencies that culminate in the Discover Dance Community Performance at McCaw Hall.
Seattle School District Partners
- Arbor Heights Elementary: 2nd grade, Partner since 2008
- Broadview Thomson K-8: 2nd grade, Partner since 2008
Music Partnership: Broadview middle school music students accompany the final performance
- Daniel Bagley Elementary: 4th grade, Partner since 1999
- Graham Hill Elementary: 3rd grade, Partner since 1999
Design Residency: 4th & 5th grade students design/create backdrops for the final performance
Chorus Partnership: The Graham Hill 5th grade chorus accompanies the final performance
- Highland Park Elementary: 3rd grade, Partner since 2008
- Leschi Elementary: 2nd grade, Partner since 2010
- Pinehurst K–8: 4th - 8th grade, Partner since 2009
- South Shore K–8: 1st grade, Partner since 2010
- Thurgood Marshall Elementary: 1st grade, Partner since 2013
Bellevue School District Partners
- Eastgate Elementary: 4th grade, Partner since 1997
- Phantom Lake Elementary: 1st grade, Partner since 2010
DISCOVER DANCE Community Performances
Marion Oliver McCaw Hall
More than 700 elementary and junior high school students will perform the works they have created with their peers, 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, the Graham Hill Elementary School Chorus, Broadview Thomson Student Musicians, and PNB Company dancers.
Saturday, November 14, 2015, 2:00 pm
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Saturday, March 26, 2016, 11:30 am
Kayti Bouljon, Outreach Manager, at 206.441.2432 or firstname.lastname@example.org