Talking Without Words: a Creative Movement Lesson Plan Designed for Inclusive Classrooms

By Portia Abernathy Lesson Title: Talking Without Words: Using Our Bodies and Movement to Show Our Feelings Designed for: Youth (8-12 years old), Inclusive Length: 1 hour   Learning Standards Responding: Respond to movement to match the emotional content, mood, or rhythm of music. Creating: Use guided improvisation to explore, invent movement, and apply movement … Continue reading Talking Without Words: a Creative Movement Lesson Plan Designed for Inclusive Classrooms

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5 Reasons to Attend the 2017 VSA Intersections Conference

There are lots of reasons to attend the Kennedy Center's VSA Intersections: Arts and Special Education Conference. Here are a few of our favorites: 1. Brand New Content We have tons of new sessions that you won't want to miss! Here is sampling of what we have planned: It Takes a Village: Inclusive Community Music … Continue reading 5 Reasons to Attend the 2017 VSA Intersections Conference

Austin Educators Make Creative Movement Accessible to All Students

In Austin, Texas (U.S.), the Creative Learning Initiative seeks to provide a quality arts-rich education for every child, as well as professional development and ongoing support for teachers in arts-based instruction strategies. This work is made possible through a collaboration between MINDPOP, the Austin Independent School District, the city of Austin, and over 50 arts … Continue reading Austin Educators Make Creative Movement Accessible to All Students

Promising Practices in Inclusive Dance Education at Australia’s Restless Dance Theatre

Restless Dance Theatre describes its inclusive work as being “informed by disability.” The dance company, based in Adelaide, Australia, creates new works with its youth and senior ensembles, and conducts dance workshops for young people with and without disabilities. We spoke with Artistic Manager Roz Hervey about what makes Restless’ dance education programs work well … Continue reading Promising Practices in Inclusive Dance Education at Australia’s Restless Dance Theatre

Combining Movement and Classical Music at the Australian Chamber Orchestra

At the Australian Chamber Orchestra (ACO), access and inclusion are core organizational values. Their triennial disability action plan is a major part of the strategic plan, and comprehensively sets goals for inclusion in every aspect of the organization’s work. This includes their signature education program for students with disabilities, ACO Move. ACO Move is a … Continue reading Combining Movement and Classical Music at the Australian Chamber Orchestra

Five Tips for Teaching Creative Movement and Dance to Students with Disabilities

By Silva Laukkanen These tips are inspired by my three years of teaching creative movement and dance in a school in Austin, Texas, that serves students who have significant disabilities, including children who are medically fragile or who need intensive behavioral support. Create a fun routine. It is important for sessions to have a clear … Continue reading Five Tips for Teaching Creative Movement and Dance to Students with Disabilities

Five Tips for Teaching Dance to Students with Disabilities: Teaching with PRIDE

By: Jenny Seham, Center for Creativity in Health and Education (CCHE), Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, NY. The ritual and rehearsal inherent in most dance disciplines provide a sturdy, safe, and flexible foundation upon which we can scaffold strategies for teaching students with disabilities. Building upon this dance foundation begins with a passionate commitment to the … Continue reading Five Tips for Teaching Dance to Students with Disabilities: Teaching with PRIDE