Our In-School Programs recognize the importance of creative learning and its ability to bring dynamism to the learning process. These programs focus on helping children uncover their hidden talents, find their voice, and build strength and confidence.
Our programs provide an arts education that specifically involves dance and assists in the development of specific skills like physical coordination, interpersonal communication, rhythm and related math skills, and multicultural awareness. The physical exercises involved in dance stimulate mental alertness, attention to detail, and memorization skills. Through dance, students learn important skills, like how to pick up new ideas quickly, to pay attention to small details, and to focus on the task at hand. Most importantly, students learn to respect each other and work together as a community that honors each participant.
Research confirms that students with high levels of arts engagement from kindergarten through elementary school show higher test scores than students with lower levels of arts engagement over the same period.
These special programs also provide a learning environment that is particularly supportive of children with kinetic and auditory learning styles—a segment of the student population that is often harder to serve.
Cultural Traditions: The Music and Dance of Africa
This residency program uses African dance and drumming as a vehicle to explore the concepts of folklore and storytelling. As students dance and drum their stories, they take part in a rich, cultural experience that promotes knowledge and understanding of the context of the arts in history. Youth also connect to the greater human experience and develop and express their personal sense of identity. Classes are held twice a week, culminating in a collaborative performance for the community that brings all of the participating students together.
Introduction to Dance
This program introduces young people to the experience of dance to build confidence and assist in the development of physical coordination, communication, rhythm and math skills, and multicultural awareness. Students participate in workshops in Contemporary/ Improvisation, Hip-Hop and/or African dance, bringing artistry, energy, and variety to the school day.
Math and Drumming
This program integrates music instruction into STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) education. Drumming creates a direct connection between rhythm and math; through drumming, children literally feel the concept of math. Rhythms begin simply and grow more complex, demonstrating a connection to numbers and fractions. The program helps youth with memory, understanding and the ability to apply math concepts in the real world through problem-solving.
Storytelling through Rhythm and Dance
Students will experience stories through dance and percussion, and through the use of multicultural folkloric resources. As students dance and drum traditional stories, they take part in a rich cultural experience that promotes knowledge and understanding of cultures different from their own.
Schools We Have Served
- New Marlborough Central Elementary School
- Undermountain Regional Elementary School
- Berkshire Arts & Technology (BART)
- Charter Public School
- Nessacus Middle School
- Morris Elementary School
- Muddy Brook Elementary School
- Williamstown Elementary School
- Egremont Elementary School
- Capeless Elementary School
- Crosby Elementary School
- Williams Elementary School
- Child Care of the Berkshires in North Adams
- SBRSD Enrichment Camps
To learn more and set up a program for your school, contact us.
Our In-School Programs have received generous funding from:
- Berkshire Hills Fund for Excellence
- The Cultural Investment Portfolio of the Massachusetts Cultural Council
- The Eagle and Janet’s Funds of Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation
- Lee Fund for Educational Enrichment
- Lenox Educational Enrichment Fund (LEEF)
- Williamstown Elementary School Enrichment Fund (WESE)
- The Dr. Robert C. and Tina Sohn Foundation
as well as from the following Local Cultural Councils, which are supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency (www.massculturalcouncil.org):
Alford-Egremont Cultural Council, Great Barrington Cultural Council, Monterey Cultural Council, Mount Washington Cultural Council, New Marlborough Cultural Council, Northern Berkshire Cultural Council, and Sheffield Cultural Council.