“I didn’t want to hold hands in salsa, but then I did and it was a lot of fun.”
“Dancing helped to get the blood going and keep us fit.”
“I liked going super-sonic speed.”
– Student Quotes from a residency at Talbott Springs Elementary School

Reading, writing, arithmetic. These logic and linguistics-based subjects are the backbone of our educational curriculum today but studies are showing that they are often complemented by the use of creative artistic subjects, like dance, to enhance academic subject understanding and knowledge. ClancyWorks’ dance professionals work with teachers and school administrators to craft a tailored in-school residency plan based on our highly successful ASPIRE program to help students achieve greater academic knowledge, build community awareness and social skills, improve attendance and focus, and address 21st century learning skills.

The ClancyWorks ASPIRE Dance Education Approach: Our approach to K-12 dance residencies and workshops allows students to aspire to become conscious and engaged citizens, using dance as vehicle for success and transformation through dance classes. ClancyWorks classes demonstrate that dance can be used to:

ClancyWorks Dance Company Acquire Knowledge
Solve Conflicts
Partner to accomplish greater goals
Improve academic achievement
Respect self, others, and the environment
Embrace community and diversity

Our residency programs can have an arts integration focus (when dance is taught with academics) or a performance focus (through partnering experiences and choreographic commissions). The program kicks off with an assembly performance by ClancyWorks Dance Company, and then continues with a series of classes based on a tailored curriculum plan, created in partnership with the classroom teachers. Students learn technique, vocabulary, history and culture for different styles of dance including hip hop, step, jazz, contemporary modern dance, partnering and Latin dance styles. They apply this knowledge to create and perform meaningful movement patterns. Additionally, the classes highlight leadership such as the importance of community, teamwork, collaboration, and positive group interactions through dance partnering. In addition we focus on life and job skills, and we value a nurturing and supportive environment that balances discipline and rigor with fun. The program culminates with an informal performance showcase by the students, to demonstrate their knowledge gained during the residency, for family, fellow students, teachers, administration and community members.

“We like to have ClancyWorks teach astronomy through dance before we teach it. They do a wonderful job introducing vocabulary and concepts through movement. Our students are very receptive to this type of instruction. It also helps to get them moving, increases their flexibility and exposes them to the art of dance.” – Cathy Haddad, 5th Grade Teacher
“I understand how the Earth’s tilt causes the seasons.”
“I am beginning to see the difference between rotation and revolution.”
“The Earth rotates and revolves at the same time…That’s not easy!”
– Student Quotes from a residency at Washington Grove Elementary School
Key Applications of a ClancyWorks Residency Program or Workshop:
  • Arts Integration: Incorporates specific academic curriculum objectives with dance linked to national and state standards for both dance and the specific academic subject.
  • Partnering Into Performance: Uses movement exercises and dialogue to teach students that partnering with others can help them accomplish greater goals than they could individually. Students are showcased in final performance.
  • Choreographic Commissions: A ClancyWorks Company Member works with students to create a dance piece incorporating ClancyWorks partnering techniques and repertory.

We tailor our residency programs to the unique needs and circumstances for each school and classroom. We also offer our ASPIRE dance program approach in an afterschool program format. Contact us today to arrange a residency dance program, led by ClancyWorks professional dancers and using our highly acclaimed ASPIRE program, for your students today!  ClancyWorks staff can assist your school to identify grants and funding to make this program possible.


Dance Educator's Training Institute

DETI is Going Virtual!

Our annual Dance Educator's Training Institute (DETI) is scheduled to take place August 17-19, 2020.

This year, we've decided to take DETI online, due to COVID-19.

While we are saddened not to be able to hold DETI in person, we are excited to welcome people from around the world, who might not otherwise be able to join us! We will have more information about DETI Online in the coming days.

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