Marissa Moritz Helen C Peirce School of International Studies
Welcome Back!!!! Excited for the 2017-2018 school year!
This summer I had the wonderful opportunity to study with fellow dance educators as part of a 2017 Chicago Foundation for Education study group grant. I am definitely looking forward to bringing new and innovative ideas into the dance classroom!
We have a lot of inspiring work ahead of us this year, including a new collaboration with Loyola University dance and film students. Our 5th graders will be introduced to hip hop dance and expression, using it as a means to explore their own culture and the ways in which it is reflected through the arts. Choreography and modern (as well as post-modern) dance will drive the dance studies of our 4th graders, learning to create movement which communicates a personalized idea. A combination of jazz and tap dance awaits our 3rd graders. Peirce 2nd graders will dive into basic dance technique and alignment, utilizing ballet fundamentals as a driving force for our movement. Exploration into the elements of dance (including body, energy, space, and time) will drive the energy of our 1st graders and kindergarteners this year, using creative movement to fuel our investigations.
After an amazing summer break, I am incredibly excited to begin a new school year with fresh minds, eager feet, and boundless creativity!
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