Exploration Earth: Your World through STEAM!
-Exploration Earth: Your World through STEAM is WV Dance Company’s touring arts integration program designed specifically for K-12 students. Each performance takes students on an around-the-world journey through the art of dance. The program is curriculum-based, multicultural and includes STEAM content.
-Each program package includes:
– A one-hour assembly performance in which each dance represents one of the seven continents while integrating related topics in math, science, history, literature and culture. Students will learn about the benefits for health about the ancient form or yoga, the effect of the katabatic winds of Antarctica, the Salt Flats of Bolivia, the ecosystem of the Great Barrier Reef, survival needs of the Monarch Butterfly, and more! Each piece is introduced by one of the company’s dancers providing an overview of the topic being presented as well as suggestions for what to look for during the dance to encourage analysis and interpretation.
-Workshops for students and teachers exploring topics in science through creative movement are included in the project. Students learn basic body science and the elements of movement (Body, Energy, Space, Time) before exploring the topic in detail and then working together to create their own compositions. Students will be engaged in an interactive learning process and teachers will learn ideas and techniques for incorporating movement into their own classrooms.
– A comprehensive, grade-specific teacher study guide containing pre-planned enrichment activities that build upon the topics introduced in performance and encourage the continuation of the arts-based learning experience in the classroom. Implementation of the study guide following a WVDC performance serves to deepen the educational experience and improve retention. You can view and download the study guide under Education.
Available in addition to our standard program, these workshops help educators understand the benefits of arts-based education and learn how to incorporate effective, proven, arts-based learning methods into their classrooms. They are especially effective when conducted before a WVDC school program so that teachers can utilize their new skills immediately afterward.