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Grades 6-12 Reimagine Distance Learning Programs

Course Title: Beginning Hip Hop Dance 

Teaching Artist: Jocelyn Reyes

Course Language: English

Level: Beginning

Grade: 6-8 (ages 10-13)

Materials Needed: no materials required.

Program Dates: July 6, 2020 – July 31, 2020

Course Description: In this 15 session distance learning summer intensive, students will learn hip hop dance, choreography, and improvisation. Using these elements, students will create their own choreography, experiment with free-styling, and perform along with their peers in a final sharing. Students will learn about hip hop dance culture, history, and the pioneering figures in this art form.

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Course Title: Storytelling through Capoeira

Teaching Artist: Sale Ramos

Course Language: English/Spanish

Level: Beginning

Grade: 6-8 (ages 10-13)

Materials Needed: Found Objects

Program Dates: July 6, 2020 – July 31, 2020

Course Description: In this 15-session Capoeira distance learning summer intensive, Salê will be sharing body movement techniques, rituals, and acrobatics using capoeira storytelling. Students will be encouraged to document their own stories and capoeira learning through journaling and painting. They will explore their creativity by envisioning, creating, and rehearsing capoeira solo performances using acrobatics and capoeira body movements explored in the course.

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Course Title: Write for the Stage

Teaching Artist: Nicole Jost

Course Language: English

Level: Beginning

Grade: 6-8 (ages 10-13)

Materials Needed: Pen and paper, or a device you can use to type (i.e. laptop, tablet)

Program Dates: July 6, 2020 – July 31, 2020

Course Description: In this 15 session distance learning summer intensive, we will share our stories with an audience! In “Write for the Stage,” we’ll learn how to create compelling characters, build drama through dialogue, and ultimately bring our words to life. No previous theater experience required.

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Course Title: What’s underneath? 

Teaching Artist: Natasha Huey

Course Language: English

Level: Intermediate (with options for beginning writers) 

Grade: 9-12 (Ages 13-21)

Materials Needed: Pen and paper, or a device you can use to type (i.e. laptop, tablet)

Program Dates: July 6, 2020 – July 31, 2020

Course Description: In this 15 session distance learning summer intensive, we will venture below the surface of how we perceive ourselves and our environments, challenging our first assumptions and knee-jerk reactions to find hidden truths. Struggling to start writing? Stuck in a rut? Interested in poetry, transformation, and practicing creativity? Join us! 

Students in Natasha’s spoken word poetry class will explore metaphor, specific detail, imagery, hyperbole, narrative, and performance to exercise our imaginations, reflect critically on our environments, and tell personal stories. At the end of the residency, all students will be invited to perform an original piece at our virtual open mic. 

Some central questions we’ll explore: 

How can we think critically and imagine new worlds through poetry? 

How can poetry shift paradigms of how we see or understand something? 

How do we want to write and embody the story of who we are and what we could be?

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Course Title: Spoken Word Graphic Stories

Teaching Artist: Imani Cezanne & Sabina Kariat

Course Language: English

Level: Beginning

Grade: 9-12 (ages 13-21)

Materials Needed: Pen, pencil, eraser, paper, and coloring tools (ie: color pencils, pastels, paints, markers, crayons) Optional materials: Glue, magazines, scissors.

Program Dates: July 6, 2020 – July 31, 2020

Course Description: In this 15 session distance learning summer intensive, we will explore how to translate poetry into illustrations on paper. Students in this graphic poetry class will explore dialogue, space, color, intensity, perspective, and iconography to write dynamic poetry while we investigate, question, and challenge our own associations of words and pictures. At the end of the residency, we will turn a spoken word poetry piece into a complete illustrated comic, aiming to visualize the feelings, sounds, and aspects of our own identities that we explore in our poems. 

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