As a result of Any Given Child’s survey of arts programs offered to grades K-8, the University of Iowa’s Arts Share immediately went to work to help fill a gap in dance programming by offering movement workshops and performances by two ensembles, Dancers In Company and New Territory Dance Company. The programs were about 10 minutes of performances and 45 minutes of the students moving. They were designed to show the accessibility of dance and the wide spectrum of dance forms. Dancers In Company includes repertoire in everything from ballet to hip-hop, and New Territory is an interdisciplinary company. The dancers worked with ten 2nd grade classes at Borlaug, Grant Wood, and Weber elementary schools during their P.E. classes.
“Thank you, Leslie Finer (Arts Share Director,) for your assistance with making this opportunity available to our students. It was definitely a great experience for them. They learned a lot and had fun. We have used several of the activities since and have some new ideas for class,” said Dean Conrad, Weber Elementary P.E. teacher.
Dancers In Company – the premiere dance ensemble at the University of Iowa
This movement workshop for 2nd graders introduces the elements of dance in a fun and creative environment. Students will explore spatial design, movement qualities, musical rhythms, balance, coordination, and collaborative dance making in a lively class led by UI Associate Professor of Dance, Charlotte Adams and talented members of the Iowa student dance company, Dancers In Company. A short performance by the company following the workshop demonstrates how the movement concepts explored in the workshop come alive on the stage.
New Territory Dance Company – a contemporary dance group made up of UI dance alumni
“It’s ok to Laugh, It’s ok to Clap” is a show by New Territory Dance Company, a dance based interdisciplinary company who pushes their boundaries of storytelling by collaborative explorations of the human experience through movement, music, video and text. NTDC gets students moving with warm-ups and an introduction to contemporary dance.