While we know that new thinkers encourage the arts in schools (STEAM curriculum), Accent Dance NYC has actualized this philosophy through programs, residencies, and lecture demonstrations, utilizing the extraordinary talents and collaboration of multicultural and multidisciplinary performance and teaching artists.
Accent Dance NYC has created a specialized curriculum for elementary, middle school and high school-aged students through in-school or after-school programs and summer session activities. Dance units include African dance, step, ballet, salsa, tango, creative movement, and hip hop, with professional development and literacy components. Programs can be implemented as part of physical education classes, arts integration programs, or as part of a community organization’s activities. Programs also can include: Career Day; Parents’ Night for students, faculty and parents; pre- and post-implementation planning with teachers and administrators; pre- and post-activity surveys; and a student performance at the end of the residency.
Accent Dance NYC offers participating schools a one-hour educational performance which takes a journey through various dance styles, including classical ballet, tango, hip hop, salsa. A narration interweaves the dance segments with the educational strategy of explaining basic elements and differences among the styles, yet proposing through the choreography that such diverse styles can be integrated into a harmonious whole. Each dance form is presented within a cultural-historic context, for the students’ educational enrichment. Accent Dance NYC brings its own sound system to perform at auditoriums, gyms, or cafeterias, to fit each school’s needs and capabilities.
Accent Dance NYC partners with cultural, media, governmental, and arts organizations to bring high-level dance performances and dance education programming to varied audiences, including at the Bronx Music Heritage Center and the Poe Visitor Center in the Bronx, the Summer Streets Festival in Manhattan, the Battery Park Dance Festival, the Juneteenth celebration in New Rochelle, New York, the Picture House in Pelham, New York, Dardo Galletto Studios in Manhattan, and on BronxNet TV.
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