By Melanie Kirk-Stuaffer
University Place based Dance Theatre Northwest will present its last Arts Are Education Performance for 2013 on Friday, November 22, at Park Lodge Elementary at 1:15 p.m.
A FREE, open to the public, in-school dance arts performance and arts education lecture, this educational outreach performance/assembly features Dance Theatre Northwest company members and DTNW Guests in works created and staged by Melanie Kirk-Stauffer, Artistic Director. Designed to educate the students and audience members about performing arts through an arts education experience, the performance will address the specific aspects of dance, its history, terminology, disciplines, and benefits as well as the potential careers dance offers.
Dance Theatre Northwest’s artists and student performers intend to inspire audience members to develop or further their interest in the arts. For many, students, this will be their first performing arts experience.
Business as well as education leader understand that the Arts transform the learning environment and help to develop our community leaders. Arts Are Education programs are essential both in our community and to the proper functioning of our society.
“Businesses understand that arts education…
- builds a school climate of high expectation, discipline, and academic rigor that attracts businesses relocating to your community
- strengthens student problem-solving and critical thinking skills, adding to overall academic achievement and school success
- helps students develop a sense of craftsmanship, quality task performance, and goal-setting—skills needed to succeed in the classroom and beyond
- can help troubled youth, providing an alternative to destructive behavior and another way for students to approach learning
- provides another opportunity for parental, community, and business involvement with schools, including arts and humanities organizations
- helps all students develop more appreciation and understanding of the world around them and helps students develop a positive work ethic and pride in a job well done”
Quoted from Americans For The Arts (Business Circle for Arts Education in Oklahoma, “Arts at the Core of Learning 1999 Initiative”)
DTNW estimates that approximately 450-500 audience members will be impacted by this performance.
Dance Theatre Northwest is a 501-c-3 non-profit organization committed to making dance as an important art form accessible to individuals and groups and to assisting future dancers and artists. Dance Theatre Northwest is currently offering Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Musical Theatre, Stretch, Conditioning & Dance Exercise Classes & Performance Opportunities for Adults, Teens & Children at 2811 BRIDGEPORT WAY WEST #24, UNIVERSITY PLACE/TACOMA, WA 98466. Phone & SMS Text: (253) 778-6534 For more information visit our website www.DTNW.org