677 Connecting Culture and Dance Through Literacy and Movement

Saturday, March 17, 2012: 8:45 AM-10:00 AM
Convention Center: Ballroom C
Speakers: Jan G. Bishop1; RoseMarie Libera2; and Elizabeth Cook-Asal2, (1)Central Connecticut State University, New Britain, CT, (2)Company 'N Tempo Music, Theatre and Dance Centre, Cromwell, CT
Dance/Physical educators use the mediums of storytelling and creative movement to help elementary and middle school students make historical and cultural connections. Literacy - reading, writing and interpretation - are brought alive when students (participants) interpret a cultural story or legend to create an original dance. Explore the role of storytelling and dance in tribal, early modern and modern times. Sample stories, dances, and template for creating and assessing an original dance are shared.