ACT ONE is Jr. Civic’s premiere performing troupe and our ambassador to the communities we serve. Made up of 30 talented young performers from throughout the region, this group meets regularly throughout the year and will participate in community events all over metropolitan Indianapolis.
*Students in ACT ONE must have either previous Jr. Civic class/stage experience OR have been a previous ACT ONE member.*
African Dance by Ronne Stone (pre-k)
Students will join Ronne Stone on a journey through the regions of Mali, Senegal, Gambia and Guinea learning cultural traditions of song and dance along the way. With the use of body movement, students will explore the elements of rhythm, shape, space, force/energy, patterns, and stories.
Anyone Can Dance by Phoenix Rising Dance Company
Based on the insightful children’s book “Giraffes Don’t Dance,” by Giles Andreae, this lively and interactive performance teaches students the value of self-love, pride, and confidence. Professional dancers demonstrate through beautiful choreography the bravery of being true to yourself. Anyone Can Dance emphasizes that kindness, empathy, and acceptance can help transform others and that our unique qualities are not flaws. When we find that special song, dance, or style of music, the world just fades away and we become who we are truly meant to be! This performance is interactive and small groups of students will be asked to come and dance with the performers during the show.
Arabiqa by Karim Nagi
If we can see past the fear-based news, we learn that the Arab world is full of exciting sounds, fascinating instruments, dynamic dances and costumes. Egyptian-Muslim-American musician & folk dancer Karim Nagi provides a dynamic and joyful performance that helps students and teachers hear & see the artistic side of the Arab world. The students will rhythmically clap, speak Arabic words, and be uplifted by Karim’s infectious positive energy
Beginning Ballet Class
Taught by dancer Paige Robinson, this class of formal ballet instruction introduces young dancers (ages 6 – 8) to basic positions, correct body alignment, barre work and terminology…A structured progression that creates the foundation for future dance training.
Bollywood Dance & Culture by Usha Sirimalle
Students will be introduced to the basic steps in Indian Bollywood dancing. Indian culture, language, and history is all intertwined in this movement workshop. Bollywood is a fusion of traditional and classical Indian dances with the influence of some jazz, hip-hop and modern dance. Students will learn poses, grace, hand and foot movements and expression, all integral parts of Bollywood dance. As they dance and act them out, students will learn the meanings of the songs.
Butler Ballet: The Nutcracker - Matinee for School...
Butler Ballet is proud to present their 35th annual production of The Nutcracker. Come enjoy the music of Tchaikovsky as the dancers recreate this favorite holiday tale. The Nutcracker, based on the story The Nutcracker and the King of Mice written by E.T.A. Hoffman, is the story of a young German girl who dreams of a Nutcracker Prince and a fierce battle against a Mouse King. From the festive party scene to the enchanted Land of Sweets, students will enjoy the artistry, music and dance of this magical production.
Chancleta: A Rythmic Experience by Sancocho
Chancleta is a dance and music from the eastern part of Cuba called Oriente that was created as part of the festivities of carnivals called conga/comparsa. Students will use wooden sandals to create the rhythms to compliment the music. Musical instruments used to create the rhythm are various sounding drums, bells, shakers and some found objects. A song will be taught to complete the activity. Putting the elements of song, music and dance will create a community and replicate the interactive experience. Andre Rosa-Artis and Tony Artis will lead the dance and music.
Chancleta: Dance & Music by Sancocho
This Cuban art form is presented with a high level of student interaction. Students will learn the chancleta, a dance created by African slaves popular in the eastern part of Cuba. Students will learn the traditions rhythms as both dancers and drummers.
Creative Dance by Melli Hoppe
Seasons, life cycles of plants and animals, feelings, and colors can all be used as inspiration for dance. Beginning with a warm-up that fosters creativity, Melli leads students in free movement exercises and then concludes with a movement activity that addresses classroom themes.
Crumpet the Trumpet by Fort Wayne Dance Collective...
Watch the enchanting musical tale of the award winning* children’s book, Crumpet the Trumpet, by Kristine Papillon come to life through movement! This multi-media production blends together a soundtrack of classical music, beautiful illustrations from the book, and dance, as Mrs. Trumpet tries to soothe baby Crumpet to sleep. This interactive show will have children creating their own unique movement for each different instrument, and give them the chance to touch and see live classical instruments up close.
Dancing Through the Curriculum by Melli Hoppe
Basic elements of dance are taught, while students learn life skills such as focus, problem solving, and cooperation. Students work together to create a short dance. Speak with the artist to connect your workshop with a specific curricular topic.
Dancing Together: Building Life Skills Through Tra...
Traditional American dances provide an avenue to build a classroom community. These fun and easy to accomplish dance figures also reinforce the processes of patterning and sequential thinking, a crucial foundation for all academic learning. Teachers will learn to prompt these dances and get the tools to teach them.
*Developed in collaboration with the Kennedy Centers Partners in Education Program at Clowes Memorial Hall of Butler University.
DK Virtual Intensive Study
Dance Kaleidoscope is excited to offer a free week of virtual classes for dancers from Preschool to Pre-Professional levels. DK hopes to help families with activities for young children, to help young dancers further their understanding and skills, and to help dancers stay in shape who are waiting to return to the studio and auditions. All classes will be taught on Zoom by professional DK dancers who are ready to inspire (and to be inspired by their students).
Students must Register
To get the link for each day’s classes, email firstname.lastname@example.org no later than 8pm the day before. There is no charge for this week of classes, but we invite you to consider making a donation of any size to help DK continue offering classes and being part of your dance community. Thank you!
Throughout the week, DK will release simple choreography for all to learn via YouTube. This will be a chance for students to practice moves with the choreographer, Aleksa Lukasiewicz. Students can also make a video of themselves doing the dance and email it to us for a culmination video to be released after the week-long intensive has finished.
Be sure to check out our extracurricular activities scheduled at 5pm. These are a fun way to expand students’ understanding of dance.
Essentials of Musical Theatre
Turn on that spotlight!
What are the essential components of performing Musical Theatre? Singing, Acting, and Dancing, of course! This class will bring to light and strengthen these essentials giving students a solid platform on which they can begin to develop strong technique in all three areas. Whether you’ve been in a show or just danced around the living room with a pretend microphone in your hand, this class will refine skills and encourage the discipline necessary to become a triple-threat! Essentials is typically taken more than one time in order to build a good basis for moving into the upper level Musical Theatre classes.
Every Day We Write a Dance
Professional dancers bring to life the concepts of shape, space, pattern and rhythm in this interactive workshop. Children learn basic dance exercises and movements while using their imaginations to create a community dance. Program supports critical and creative thinking skills plus dance and language arts standards.
Every Day We Write a Dance by Dance Kaleidoscope
Two professional contemporary dancers bring to life the concepts of shape, space, pattern, and rhythm in this high-energy workshop. Students will learn basic dance exercises and movements and use their imaginations to create a dance based on their daily lives. Students will think creatively and critically in the making of a community dance.
Iibada Summer Dance Intensive "From The Studio To ...
Summer Dance Intensive
Our summer dance program is a 4-week program that focuses on the technical and artistic development of aspiring dancers. Every year our goal is to expose our youth to professionals in the entertainment industry to give them a real-world perspective of what it takes to establish a successful career. Our curriculum for our summer program will include:
Technical Dance Training
Choreographic techniques and Creative Movement
Strength and Conditioning
Cultural Dance Studies (World Dance Perspective)
Health and Nutrition (Taking Care Of Your Instrument: Your Body)
This year’s theme is “From The Studio To The Stage”. Aspiring dancers will go through 4-weeks of rigorous dance training, working with amazing choreographers, learning studio and stage etiquette, performing thought-provoking pieces and learning dance from a worldwide perspective. Students will also work on building their performance portfolio through developing their resume and experiencing a dance photoshoot.
India Culture Comes to You: Dances of India
This hands-on program covers a wide range of multidisciplinary activities. The topics include, but are not limited to, multiculturalism, history, religion, citizenship, geography, music, dance (classical, folk & contemporary), mythology, choreography, art, sculpture, language arts, costumes and makeup artistry. Each one is created or modified as per the request from the organizers and the length of the time allotted. All the presentations are interactive, informative and entertaining. Program will include a wealth of visual aids to maximize the learning.
Jazz Exercise for Grades K - 5
This 12-minute exercise video was put together for kids from Kindergarten through 5th Grade. Here’s an opportunity for teachers and parents to have their kids take a break from studies and to get up and move for a bit. Dance Kaleidoscope dancers: Sarah Taylor, Kieran King, Aleksa Lukasiewicz, Natalie Clevenger and Emily Dyson. Music by Bensound.com
Jr. Civic Mainstage Musical 2020
This kids-only production is a highlight of the Jr. Civic season. Open to ages 7-14, this fully staged musical attracts children from throughout the metro ares and affords them the opportunity to participate in a professionally staffed, technically supported mainstage experience.
Performing experience no necessary and children need not be enrolled in Jr. Civic classes to audition. Young performers are asked to prepare 16 bars of a song (bring sheet music!) and dress in comfortable clothing for a movement audition. An accompanist will be provided. Visit www.civictheatre.org/auditions or email email@example.com for more information.
Kids Dance Outreach In-School Residencies
Kids Dance Outreach (KDO) provides school communities with high-quality arts immersion programs. Through KDO’s programs children are inspired by the joy of dance and music as they’re given something positive to focus on, specific goals to attain, a sense of meaningful accomplishment and an appreciation of the Arts.
Every class is taught by three professional teaching artists: a Master Teaching Artist a Musician and an Assistant Teacher.
KDO provides in-school programs for students in second through fourth grade.
KDO offers 12-session residencies, which can take the form of a 3-week intensive or a 12-week program.
KDO classes take place during the school day, ensuring that dance is integral to learning in our partner school communities.
All students in a selected grade or grades participate in the program.
Classroom teachers are actively engaged in the program, helping to connect learning in KDO with the larger curriculum.
KDO works with a single classroom of children at a time, and classes generally run 45–50 minutes. Each moment of an KDO class is rich with energetic, rigorous, and joyful learning.
All KDO programs include live music and depending on schedule may culminate in a final performance, a celebratory event that galvanizes the entire school community.
Kids Dance Outreach Interactive Workshops
Kids Dance Outreach (KDO) Interactive Workshops provide an exciting one-day, one-time experience for children K-4 to experience and be introduced to Dance, Music and the power of the Arts!
Every Workshop is taught by three professional teaching artists: a Master Teaching Artist a Musician and an Assistant Teacher.
KDO provides Interactive Workshops for students K-4.
Interactive Workshops can be 30-45 minutes in length.
KDO Interactive Workshops take place during the school day, ensuring participation for all.
All students in a selected class or group participate.
At least one school staff member must be present with the KDO staff at al times.
Learning Earth's Processes through Movement by Mel...
Teachers of grades 3-6 will learn how to deepen their students’ understanding of the Earth’s processes using simple choreographic principles such as space, time, force, and motion.
*Developed in collaboration with the Kennedy Centers Partners in Education Program at Clowes Memorial Hall of Butler University.
Life is Dance by Justin Sears-Watson
Just as a painter needs paint and brushes to create art, a dancer uses everyday life to create movement! Students will learn how they can create a universal language that allows us to communicate with each other through steps and movement.
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