Arts and Education Residencies
Bring the fun and educational components of dance right to your classroom! Ballet Hispanico's Arts and Education Residencies are specially-designed to meet the developmental needs of children and to support their teachers and parents. Our Residencies bring professional teaching artists into your school to lead students through an extended series of dance workshops that engage students with dance and Latino culture.
Educators also have the opportunity to participate in Professional Development Workshops that introduce key dance concepts and ways to integrate them into classroom curriculum. Additional programs can be added depending on the needs an interests of each school.
Grades K-2Students explore physical expression and build vocabulary in movement and Spanish language with use of dances, literature, art and music from the Hispanic Diaspora. They also learn about body and spatial awareness and explore different movement qualities.
Mariangela Lopez Pre-K Residency at PS 315K
Students were introduced to Mexico and Mexican culture through the use of the book, Too Many Tamales, by Gary Soto and Ed Martinez and through movement exploration.
Grades 3-5Students delve into learning a specific movement style from the Hispanic Diaspora, while building a physical and cognitive understanding of the rhythm, sequencing, movement quality and patterns informed by that style. Movement styles include: Afro-Caribbean, Spanish Dance, Modern Dance, and Folkloric dances of the Americas.
Sample Residency:Students were introduced to the principals of Spanish Dance with Teaching Artist JoDe Romano. With the use of Capes, Castanets and Fans students learned the about the rhythms, movement qualities, and culture of Spain.
Photo by: Joshua Preston
Students develop technical skills in dance and learn the principles of choreography and performance as dancers and audience members. They will connect personal expression with expression in the dance style they are learning.
Sample Residency:Students focused on the repertory piece, Guajira, choreographed by Cuban-American Dancer, choreographer and former Ballet Hispanico Company Dancer, Pedro Ruiz. The piece was used as a resource for learning about Cuban Culture and dance styles while making connections to the language arts and social studies curricula.
Grades 9-12Specially-designed programs, depending on the level of experience with dance, will help students explore movement qualities and connect them with student led projects based on their learning in dance and culture. This program is adaptable for ESL students and groups studying subjects such as Spanish language, history, or dance. Movement styles include: Afro-Caribbean, Spanish Dance, Modern Dance, and Folkloric dances of the Americas.
After school Afro-Caribbean Dance program for Students with Interrupted Formal Education (SIFE Students). The goal was to use culturally relevant program content to help students build language and communication skills. Students shared their own knowledge of dance and culture from their backgrounds and compared and contrasted the qualities and traditions with those being taught by Teaching Artist Amparo Santiago.
Ballet Hispanico works to the best of its abilities to fit the needs of groups interested in working with us.
In addition to the in-school residencies, we provide workshops in places like colleges, universities, community centers, dance schools, businesses, and special interest groups.
We also offer workshops designed for Spanish speaking students learning English and for students learning Spanish. Depending on the level of experience with dance, participants explore movement and cultural content with teaching artists that are well prepared for the needs and interests of the group. Let us know what is unique about your group and we will try our best to fit your needs.