OUTREACH

KDNY believes that all children should experience a quality exposure to live performances and interactive dance experiences. The company is dedicated to sharing our love of dance and the arts with children in schools, educational institutions, and community organizations throughout New York and Connecticut and regionally while on tour.

LEARNING TO LOOK
Performance (Grades K-8) Max: 250 students
Learning to Look is an interactive lecture demonstration and dynamic performance by the KDNY Dance Company. The program is designed for K-5th grade students and provides children with tools to interpret live dance performances and build a greater appreciation of the art form. Students will learn new vocabulary to describe the elements of dance, explore the relationships that music, spatial arrangements, and dancers have in the performed works, interpret the over-arching themes and feelings in the dances, and will connect the performed dance works to their personal lives.  The goals of “Learning to Look” are to guide children to make connections to abstract dances and discover their own personal stories within.

Workshop (Grades K-8) Max: 25 students
In connection to the performance, a workshop is additionally offered that builds on the concepts explored in Learning to Look.  The students will be led by one or more of the KDNY Dancers through an exploration of the elements discussed in the performance. The students will learn small sections of the choreography and will be given the creative challenge to make it their own by altering the relationships, elements of dance, and by connecting the movement to a personal experience. The goal is to teach students that choreography is developed through personal interpretations.  The students will combine their movement with others in small groups and will create mini dance studies. They will perform the studies for one another at the end of the workshop. This workshop honors the student as an individual and challenges them to build community through cooperation and teamwork.

Performance and workshop lengths: 45 minutes
Curriculum Connections: Dance, Music, History and Social Sciences, Language Arts

 

NAVIGATING THE HALLWAY
Performance (Grades K-8) Max: 250 students
Navigating is a site-specific dramedy that captures the exhilarating pace and proximity of urban living through a collision of live and projected high-energy dance. This group work for five dancers uses a set of area rugs to represent ‘rooms’ of those living in close proximity, though isolated by their adjoining walls. Performed to an explosive percussion score by PJ Merola, Navigating the Hallway explores the interactions, questions, and inspirations that can occur while sharing small spaces.

Throughout the performance KDNY directors talk about the characters involved and often comically narrate the choreography to give a deeper insight into the performance. Students are also given chances to control and recreate several endings to focus on our natural and underlying desire for camaraderie and compassion.

Workshop (Grades K-8) Max: 25 students
“Who are You” “What’s your world?” “Dance your Catchphrase”
Many things in our daily lives can inspire a dance: where we live, people we know, places we have been, music we hear, images that we see. The fast pace and tight proximity of urban life inspired the KDNY repertory piece titled “Navigating the Hallway”. This work is the springboard as students are led by the KDNY Dancers through an experiential segment in which they are asked to visualize the rooms in their homes and create movement gestures to describe the space and a chosen character.  Students discover that choreography can be developed from daily life mixed with theatricality.  Each of the groups’ movement gestures are put together into short phrases and then performed for one another at the end.  In this workshop, the students establish unique imaginative “rooms” and create a community with cooperation and teamwork. They learn about the tools of choreography and have an opportunity to witness and create modern dance.

Performance and Workshop lengths: 45 minutes
Curriculum Connections: Dance, Music, History and Social Sciences, Language Arts