The Right Brain Initiative


Artist Details

Dance Like the Stars (Young Audiences)


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  • Main Goal: Connection & Kindness, Self-esteem Boost, Happiness Boost, Positive action that creates a positive reaction, Dance as a Universal Language, Smile and Friendship, community & joy, a better present moment in time for self, for others and for the world.
  • The art forms of Dancing and Music can be fun/ or scary/ or both, bringing students into the present moment/ out of their comfort zone, engaging mind-body-spirit and encouraging a safe outlet for more creative expression and connection. Greater connection (self/partner/art form/community/world), present moment activity, healthy movement and joy, building positive community, inclusive team work, greater kindness, empathy and compassion, developing communication skills (verbal & nonverbal), social and social etiquette skills, confidence and self-esteem with posture and success with learning a fun new skill to partner dance!
  • Think about: What are the qualities that make a good dance partner? What qualities do I have that make a good dance partner? How are these qualities of a good dance partner helpful to others, transfer to make a positive influence in the world. Kindness, caring about your partner, supportive with an encouraging smile. A greater awareness of a choice in how we choose to impact the world around us. Words like toothpaste ~ once out not can not be returned. Empowering with choice to choose to stand tall ~ Act as if you are a great dance and you can become it.
  • Deeper purpose is healing and transformation. Greater self love and love for others. Music and dance are transformational, movement and music are both immensely healing and powerful tools to connect mind-body-spirit. They connect us to ourselves in the present moment and to one another in the here and now, away from computers and Facebook and cell phones, back to person to person, eye to eye connection, conversation. The powerful healing of music and physical movement to bring greater connection and joy to the world is awesome to share and witness.


Our mission: To preserve and promote the art of partner dance, sharing traditions, music and cultural history, from around the world. Partner dancing empowers youth, instills etiquette and important skills of social interaction. By teaching teamwork, respect and dignity, students learn empathy for one another while celebrating diversity and strengthening their community. Our program inspires students to discover and experience the joy of partner dance and helps to set the stage with important skills for good partnership and life long learning.


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.






English, Chinese, Russian, Spanish, 


Conversational, Fluent, 


Each residency is uniquely designed in collaboration with classroom teachers to discover individual and collective goals and discern the best way to support the success of their students and their school. We use arts integration, showing natural and significant connections between our art form of dance and Literacy, History, Geography, Math, Science and Language.  Right Brain residencies are typically 3-5 sessions. Taught by a team of two teaching artists, led by award winning educators, choreographers and performers, Daniel Hutchison, Anya Klimova-Preston, and Rachel Lidskog.


K-12    You Can Dance Like the Stars with Ballroom, Latin & Swing!

Students discover the joy of partner dance, building self-confidence and mutual respect, while acquiring important skills in social etiquette. Witness a transformation in the classroom as students learn to interact as “Ladies and Gentleman.” Students develop a sense of pride, physical presence and poise, as they master the steps and conquer their fears of dancing with their classmates of the opposite gender. Choose from seven dance styles, an opportunity to explore a variety of music, cultural histories and geographies, allowing for natural tie-ins and significant connections to your classroom curriculum.


K-8     Math & Music + Physics & Movement = Dance

Partner dancing can help students grasp concepts of geometry, symmetry, patterns and sequence, energy transfer and motion, while simultaneously developing both left and right sides of the brain. Connections to curriculum include skills in mapping, geometry in the Waltz, sequences in Merengue, fractions with Cha-Cha and symmetry in Swing. This innovative exploration of teamwork and discovery will be a fun and memorable way to obtain, and retain, those important mathematical concepts.


3-12   International Folk Dance: Exploring History, Geography & Cultures

Students enrich their knowledge in history, geography and cultural traditions by learning and demonstrating international folk dances. Choose from dances such as the French Polka, German Waltz, Chinese Fan Dance, Russian Kadril, American Swing, Cuban Salsa and more. This fascinating journey of cultural discovery through dance will bring great delight and community connection to the classroom.


History & Culture (Dance is connected to history and culture throughout the ages and around the world), Math & Science (shapes & sequencing), Literature (stories & poetry, journal writing), Language Arts (dance as a universal language, communication), Multi-Media & Visual Arts, Physical Education (healthy activity/social engagement/physiological wellbeing of movement and music), Social Studies/Geography (Dance across the globe), Test taking & Job interviewing (posture, higher self esteem, empowerment, greater courage & confidence)


Space: Space adequate for movement. Can adjust when necessary. Prefer a wood floor, but carpet is okay.


Travel: I drive and am available for residencies more than 15 miles outside of Portland.


Breaks longer than an hour will be charged.


Supplies: Name tags are greatly appreciated and I ask the teachers to provide them for the full length of the residency so I can know the first name of each student at a glance and have the opportunity to learn their names! 🙂


Technology: Speakers, Microphone, We have our own sound system and speakers but are also happy to not bring them (less to carry) and use the schools sound and microphone whenever it is available to us.


*$112 per session (Two instructors at each session)

*A minimum of three sessions per participating class

*A maximum of 30 participants per session

*Are consecutive 50-minute sessions with a 10-15 minute break for the artist

*Are typically 3-4 sessions per day

*Require a initial planning meeting for the artist, principal, arts coordinator, and participating teachers ($65)

*Reflection meetings/ Additional Planning meetings ($65)

Teacher Workshop:  Ballroom, Latin & Swing Dance for your Classroom $285 (Two instructors at each session)

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



Questions? Contact your Right Brain Coach.


(503) 225-5900 x231




Jane Harold


James John Elementary School


Doug Bridge



Lot Whitcomb Elementary


Kelly Sorg



Metropolitan Learning Cetner

7th & 8th grade

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