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Special Topics Workshops:

Workshop Descriptions

February 2021
IN OUR OWN LITTLE BOXES: Changing Our Learning Outcomes in A Virtual/Hybrid Learning Environment

Wednesday, February 10, 6:00 - 7:00 pm    

Supporting Students and Families through the College Admissions Process    

Norma Porter    

This workshop is designed to explore the college application and audition processes and how dance educators can help students and families navigate the process virtually

Wednesday, February 10, 7:00 - 8:00 PM

Keeping Students Engaged: Tips for Your Virtual Dance Classes (Students Ages 5-18)

Shannon White

Saturday, February 13, 3:00 - 4:00 pm

Interactive Dance Platforms

Jessica Potts

This workshop is designed to provide dance educators with a hands-on look into the Pear Deck and Nearpod platforms to aid in creating more dynamic lesson planning and interactive dance virtual classrooms.

Tuesday, February 16, 6:00 - 7:00 pm

Holding Young Dancers Close in Distance: Methods in Teaching K-5 in Times of Trauma

Bayardo Martinez-Cruz

Engaging young dancers in virtual spaces during today's new norm of distance learning. This workshop will provide teaching methods and tools to enhance K-5 dancers from Primary Perspectives.

Tuesday, February 16, 7:00 - 8:00 pm

The Empowered & Inclusive experience in the Zoom Room

Lauren DeVera

Learn inclusive, engaging and empowering strategies/techniques for your next zoom experience in the classroom, meeting or dance space. An opportunity for Q+A on how you can best implement these practices on and off the screen.

Saturday, February 20, 11:00 am - Noon


Bring your favorite brunch food and/or drink and virtually gather with the presenters from the February workshop series, “In Our Own Little Boxes”.

We will use our time together to share our virtual learning experiences from this month’s workshops and commune with artists of like minds.

March 2021

Tuesday, March 2, 5:00 - 5:45 pm and Wednesday, March 10, 7:00 - 7:45 pm

Unified Dance Curriculum

Nicole Deming (AACPS Dance Teacher Specialist) and Deb Marcus (AACPS Adapted PE/Dance Resource Teacher)

Explore how the AACPS Unified Dance Curriculum creates an environment where students of all ability levels work together in a stimulating educational setting to increase competence and confidence by participating in movement activities and dances that are tailored to meet the needs of all students.

Thursday, March 4, 4:30 – 5:15 pm and Monday, March 8, 4:30 – 5:15 pm

Dunham Technique

Camille Weanquoi

Created by dance pioneer Katherine Dunham, Dunham technique is informed by the traditional dances of the African Diaspora, as well as by modern and ballet. This class will explore the intersection of Dunham technique and high-spirited, folkloric-inspired movement.

Monday, March 8, 10:00 - 10:45 am and Thursday, March 11,10:00 - 10:45 am

A Classroom for All Students: Breaking from Convention

Liz Quinones

The steps a local dance organization is taking to think creatively and inclusively during a time of civil unrest and a global health crisis.

Thursday, March 11, 7:00 - 7:45 pm and Monday, March 22, 7:00 - 7:45 pm

Resources for Decolonizing the Dance Classroom & Moving Away from the Stage

Karen Kuebler

Sampling of interactive resources and activities to engage and provide ACCESS 4 ALL K-16 students in dance history and performance.

Thursday, March 18, 4:30 - 5:15 pm and Thursday, March 25, 6:00 - 6:45 pm

Dance Adventures: True Stories From Renowned Performers, Dance Educators, and Other Avid Dance Travelers

Megan Taylor Morrison

In December 2020, Megan Taylor Morrison's book Dance Adventures became an Amazon bestseller in six categories. Come learn more about this project, as well as how the anthology (which features dancers' stories from 17 different countries on six continents) can be used in dance education. Preview the book here.

April 2021


Thursday, April 15 at 7-8:30 PM

This workshop introduces somatic methods to improve movement skills and support self-care.
Somatic practices help us to slow down, calm the body/mind, and provide imagery and embodied practices to enhance dance technique. Nicole Martinell, Nancy Romita, and Alison Seidenstricker will each lead a somatic sequence useful for teaching in schools, studios, or community centers.

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