Mississippi Dance Festival
Seminar #1: Building Community Connections Through Advocacy for Arts in Education
Instructor: Guest Artist Zachary Whittenburg
Date/Time: Saturday, September 9th (9 – 10:15 AM)
Description: Building on the research and professional experience working in public and private arts and education sectors and organizations in the Chicago area, Mr. Whittenburg will share strategies for creating successful advocacy initiatives that combine education and the inherent value of the arts. He will also discuss the benefits and importance of this type of work in terms of promoting one’s school and district at the state, regional, and national levels.
Seminar #2: Drumming Master Class – the Music Movement Connection
Instructor: Jerry Jenkins, MAC Teaching Artist
Date/Time: Saturday, September 9th (10:30 – 11:45 AM)
Description: Jerry Jenkins was selected for the Mississippi Arts Commission Teaching Artist Roster and works with a diversity of K12 students and teachers throughout the region. He shares his experience through arts integration, interactive storytelling and plays, and lecture series and demonstration on West African music and culture. In this session, he will work with participants by instructing basic rhythms of the djembe drum and the many ways these can be included in classroom instruction.
Seminar #3: Interdisciplinary Master Dance CCSS & Community-Building Lessons
Instructor: Paige Perkins
Date/Time: Saturday, September 9th (12:30 – 1:45 PM)
Description: Paige Perkins is currently a Gifted Studies teacher with Petal School District and daily integrates movement into instruction to differentiate learning as needed for her students. Previous to her tenure at Petal, she founded and established two dance education programs in K12 schools and has written hundreds of master lessons on dance in combination with academic concepts. Paige is also an expert on how to use movement to teach students how to appreciate diversity, collaborate well with others, grow in one’s ability to focus on given tasks, and express personal opinions and perspectives in respectful, curricular, and artful ways. She will share these lessons with participants and provide “from the trenches” advice on how to most effectively “hook” students with this type of teaching and make movement not only “normal” in the classroom, but beloved.
Seminar #4: Cultural Dance – Exposing Students to the World Through Movement
Instructor: Elizabeth Lentz-Hill
Date/Time: Saturday, September 9th (2:00 – 3:15 PM)
Description: In this seminar, Lentz-Hill will share master lesson plans on various world dance forms and also disseminate the process of researching, tailoring, and contextualizing cultural dance forms and movement for K12 students. An attention to keeping movement age and content appropriate, along with detailing the best resources for finding this information (including supporting traditional music and social and historical contextual facts about cultures) will be emphasized. Lentz-Hill will share the many proven benefits of students having cultural movement experiences in their education in a society where a fully informed world-perspective is essential. Finally, she will discuss how knowing these dance forms can inform what students know and are able to do and consider as dancers, scholars, and dance-makers.
Seminar #5: WSI, NDEO, MDE, MAC, MAAE – Presenting, Advocating, and Getting Involved in Dance Education at the State, Regional, and National Levels (Grants, Conferences, Festivals, Organizations)
Instructor: Julie White
Date/Time: Sunday, September 10th (8:30 – 9:15 AM)
Description: As an experienced presenter at all above organizations, and an invited evaluator for both grant and presentation submissions, White will share with participants information on these collectives, as well as how to get involved in them in the areas of professional development, sharing one’s artistic and educational work and successes, and applying for and securing funding for dance program initiatives. Advocacy work centered on sharing the importance of dance in education -- that occurs outside of one’s district -- is more essential than ever in today’s world. Strategies for how to do this effectively, as will as what can and needs to be done, will be discussed, along with sharing established opportunities to participate in these larger efforts.
Seminar #6: Sunday, September 10th (10:30 – 11:45 AM)
PDS Track for K12 DANCE educators ( 1 CEU, USM)
Fee: $75 (additional $25 for CEU)
Seminar #1: Taking the Scenic Route – Using Movement to Make Learning Memorable (Part I) - Instructor: Julie White
Seminar #2: Taking the Scenic Route – Using Movement to Make Learning Memorable (Part II) - Instructor: Julie White & Sacred Heart Elementary School Teachers
Seminar #3: Interdisciplinary Master Dance CCSS & Community-Building Lessons - Instructor: Paige Perkins
Seminar #4: Cultural Dance – Exposing Students to the World Through Movement - Instructor: Elizabeth Lentz-Hill
Seminar #5: Building Community Connections Through Advocacy for Arts in Education - Instructor: Guest Artist Zachary Whittenburg
Seminar #6: Interdisciplinary Curriculum Writing Workshop - Instructor: Julie White
PDS Track for K12 Classroom Teachers ( 1 CEU, USM)
Fee: $75 (additional $25 for CEU)