The Right Brain Initiative

×
Close

Artist Details

Oluyinka Akinjiola

RESIDENCY REQUEST

Book this artist using the Residency Request Form

RESIDENCY GOALS

 

Students learn:

  • About culture, history and traditions. That exposure to new cultural art forms increases their cultural competency and value in diversity.
  •  Afro-Brazilian and Afro-Cuban folkloric dances are used to express emotions, movement qualities, and elements of dance and storytelling.
  • Dances of the African Diaspora begin a dialogue on agency, power, resilience, and triumph.
  • To develop their creative voices by creating a kinesthetic connection with words.
  • To make decisions.

BIO

My goal as an arts educator is to create an inclusive learning environment by facilitating cultural understanding, critical thinking, collaboration, and creativity.  When dance is used to explore history, culture, and language, new connections will be made with every student.  By using Yoruba folkloric dances in literacy and writing activities, student learning becomes a journey.

DISCIPLINES

Dance,

GRADE BANDS

K-2,3-5,

WORK WITH STUDENTS

 

Introduction to African Folkloric Dance:

Students will…

  • Learn folkloric stories from the African Diaspora through dance
  • Energize developmental motor skills
  • Increase spatial awareness
  • Connect movement qualities to language

 

Afro-Brazilian and Afro-Cuban dance with poetry and storytelling

After an introduction to folkloric dance students will…

  • Commence writing poetry or short stories
  • Think critically about descriptive language
  • Create dances for their writing
  • Develop expressive qualities in writing, movement and speaking
  • Develop confidence in their writing by creating and sharing

 

African/African American Studies for Middle School

Students will…

  • Discuss historical connections between African and American culture
  • Learn about the importance of preserving culture
  • Learn the history of the African Diaspora
  • Learn dances preserved during the African Diaspora with live accompaniment
  • Revisit dance as a tool for preserving culture
  • Create dances based on historical studies or writing assignments

CURRICULUM CONNECTIONS

My residencies integrate well with Social Studies, History, ELA, PE.

 

Dances from the African Diaspora challenge students to be critically engaged through the application of knowledge. In writing, speaking and engagement, students exhibit a command of language in the creative process. Creativity and imagination drive the active learning experience when students apply concepts of the African Diaspora in their own work. Dances often incorporate story, character development, the connection between descriptive words and movement choices.

FEE INFO

Residency: Residency Fee is $60 per classroom session (50-60 minutes), per planning & reflection meeting. Residencies can take place all in 1-week or over a multi-week period.  Five residency sessions are strongly recommended.

Performance & Workshop: Multiple classrooms can attend a full performance of Afro-Brazilian and Afro-Cuban folklore with live percussion. A following workshop would include a master class with live accompaniment.

K-12 Performance fee $650

Workshop fees $80 per 50 minute session

For travel outside the 15-mile radius of the Young Audiences downtown Portland office, travel to school is reimbursed per mile based on the applicable IRS Mileage rate.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Contact:

Questions? Contact your Right Brain Coach.

Phone:

503-225-5900 x229

Email:

kstrelchun@216.146.205.12

Website:

http://oluyinka.akinjiola.weebly.com

REFERENCES

Pam Lyons

Neighborhood House SUN program coordinator

plyons@nhweb.org

(503) 916-6274

Peninsula School

Ellen Arnold

3rd grade teacher

Ellen_Arnold@beaverton.k12.or.us

(503) 916-6274

Bonny Slope

3rd

Kelsey Baldwin

3rd grade teacher

Kelsey_Baldwin@beaverton.k12.or.us

Sexton Mountain School

3rd


Artist
Roster
FAQ Arts
Integration
Resources