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Subashini Ganesan (Young Audiences)

RESIDENCY REQUEST

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RESIDENCY GOALS

Classical dance forms are always evolving and can be used to explore new ideas.

 

Rigorous learning lends to (not stifles) increased creativity and expression.

 

Literacy skills- through movement and emotive storytelling students access universal themes through a culturally specific dance vocabulary.

 

Full body commitment – combining arm/hand gestures, leg/feet movement and movement while dancing increases personal awareness.

 

Critical thinking- using their bodies as tools for communicating present day curriculum.

BIO

Subashini Ganesan seeks to enable students discover the dancer within. As a choreographer and dancer of Bharathanatyam, a narrative & athletic South Indian dance form, she aids students to discover literacy skills through movement. Using the rich hand & facial gesture vocabulary of this art-form, students learn a whole new way to tell stories of all genres.

 

Young Audiences teaching artists are committed to inspiring the imaginations of young people and have strategies for working with the complexities of school environments. Through a variety of ongoing professional development opportunities and a multi-faceted evaluation system, as well as through their experience with students and educators, Young Audiences teaching artists are continually growing as teachers and as artists.

DISCIPLINES

Dance,

GRADE BANDS

3-5,6-8,

WORK WITH STUDENTS

Types of residencies:

 

Basic Introduction to South Indian Classical Dance – focus is on the building blocks of this dance form ( Rhythm, Music, and Emotive Story telling) and how they come together as a dance form. Students learn

  • about the history of the form
  • basic pure dance vocabulary that is connected to simple rhythmic patterns
  • hand gestures, their usage, and connect this to old Sanskrit poetry

 

South Indian Classical Dance as a way to telling stories/poetry

 

After the building blocks about the dance form are explored, students go further by using the form to illustrate and explore their understanding of the chosen classroom curriculum. Students can also use the form to choreograph their current writing. This could culminate in a sharing (informal performance) of groups and their creative choreography to stories/poetry they have written.

 

NOTE: This type of residency is suitable for sciences (stories about habitats/water-cycle etc) and social sciences (historical events/Lewis & Clark Expedition etc) as well as literature.

 

South Indian Classical Dance as a way to express mathematics –

 

After the building blocks about the dance form are explored, students go deeper in the rhythmic tradition of the form. Connecting the basic 2, 3, 4, and 5 rhythmic patterns with shapes (line, triangle, square/rectangle, pentagon); choreography results. This choreography can then focus on various mathematical operations (addition, multiplication etc) and on spatial challenges (changing shapes while changing rhythms).

CURRICULUM CONNECTIONS

The five Cs are addressed in the residencies as the basics of the dance form emphasize communication, critical thinking, collaboration and creativity.

 
The relationship between hand gestures and facial emotive gestures and story-telling is a powerful tool in the English/Language Arts. As students connect body movement to describe written vocabulary they are creating a holistic way to learn and retain vocabulary and other literacy skills. As their bodies get more and more involved in the expression of narratives, the interest in increasing descriptive words and emotive vocabulary becomes a natural course.

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FEE INFO

Residency: Fee is $65 per classroom session (50 minutes), and per preparation hour, and per planning & reflection meetings with school. NOTE: A 5-day residency is highly encouraged as a minimum number. Basic learning can occur in a 4 day residency, but might vary.

Performances: Please book through Young Audiences.

Travel Costs: Artist may charge for travel costs based on site location.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Contact:

Questions? Contact your Right Brain Coach.

Phone:

(503) 225-5900 x231

Email:

josephine@ya-or.org

Website:

http://ya-or.org/

http://www.natyaleela.com

REFERENCES

Tracy Christensen

Teacher

tchrist1@pps.net

503-916-6480

Beverly Cleary Elementary

5th

Jeff Gierer, M.S., CCC-SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist

jgierer@pps.net

(503) 916-6282 x77876

Woodlawn School

Jessica West

Teacher

jessica_west@beaverton.k12.or.us

503-747-7563

Fir Grove Elementary

3rd


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