Through your program, I have gotten the opportunity to see that dance can really help students learn, so I also use dancing in other subjects I teach, such as math, writing, social studies, and science. Adding a few dance moves and allowing students to be creative can turn a “not so fun” lesson into something all students look forward to. I just hope you know that what you do really helps our students grow and has even helped shape me into a much better teacher.
The creativity of the WVDC keeps it relevant. Just in the past few years, I’ve seen pieces about glass-blowing, coal mines, isolation, and more. Not only can the WVDC perform intricate, impressive dances, they can also teach or augment education for everything from local history to global pandemics. The dances performed and stories told to create an interdisciplinary experience that connects the performers to the audience. Since I have only ever witnessed the WVDC from the audience, that is where I must speak from; I watch, I learn, and I enjoy.
In a state and region where it can be difficult to find engaging, high-quality arts presentations – especially in dance – the company provides much-needed programming. The arts-integrated workshop and the seven different educational dance works included in the performance give teachers practical examples of how to incorporate movement in their future lesson planning. The ideas communicated through movement and music relate to all the continents. This program offers students a unique glimpse of the world, and covers issues of global connections that are imperative for their future. WVDC also provides schools and teachers with a study guide that is developed by a team of qualified educators and includes integrated lessons in multiple core content areas.
“The WV Dance Company has performed at Crescent Elementary many times and each presentation holds a unique perspective on STEAM learning ideals that allow students to think outside of the text, classroom, or internet to use their own ideas to form opinions and develop concepts. WVDC has always been an integral part of showing students how the arts can positively impact your life. The students are exposed to not only dance but classical and local pieces of music, math concepts, and social emotional growth. It is my desire that this great organization can collaborate with Raleigh County Schools for many years to come!”
“The movement and music with connections to not only West Virginia but to the greater world by the WV Dance Company was very powerful. There were too many strong components name from this magnificent program, which was beneficial to our students and staff. The artists were personable, knowledgeable, and a positive influence on our students. It was so important for our students to see this great performance.”