UNIVERSITY PLACE – Dance Theatre Northwest will provide a free dance arts performance and arts education lecture, Friday, June 6, 2014 from 1:15 to 2:10 p.m. at Lakeview Hope Academy in Hope Center Gymnasium at10402 Kline St. SW, Lakewood, WA, 98499.
Dynamic dance featuring Dance Theatre Northwest (DTNW) company members and DTNW guests in works created and staged by Melanie Kirk-Stauffer, Artistic Director, will be performed in a fully costumed concert setting. Kirk-Stauffer who will also narrate, has designed this educational outreach performance/assembly to educate the students and audience members about performing arts through an arts education experience; the program will allow children to hear, see, feel, and be thoroughly immersed in a life changing experience.
DTNW will include excerpts from the classics Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, and Paquita and contemporary ballet, Broadway, jazz, and musical theatre pieces. Fitness, health, art history, science, math, music, and language education components will be included in the accompanying lecture. For many of these students this will be their first experience with the performing arts.
There is no substitute for real life experience, which in this case, also includes motor skills development, music appreciation, muscular development and a greater understanding of how the body works and moves through space. DTNW Board Members see this in-school performance, part of the Arts Are Education series, as an extension of what we already teach and practice at DTNW with the knowledge that if affords active involvement with a group of young people who might not otherwise have the opportunity. The performance will address the specific aspects of dance, its history, terminology, disciplines, benefits and 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. The Pierce County Arts Commission is a primary sponsor.
Business as well as education leaders 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,
providing another opportunity for parental, community, and business involvement with schools, including arts and humanities organizations.
The facts are that arts education…
- makes a tremendous impact on the developmental growth of every child and has been proven to help level the “learning field” across socio-economic boundaries (Involvement in the Arts and Success in Secondary School, James S. Catterall, The UCLA Imagination Project, Graduate School of Education & Information Studies, UCLA, Americans for the Arts Monograph, January 1998)
- has a measurable impact on at-risk youth in deterring delinquent behavior and truancy problems while also increasing overall academic performance among those youth engaged in afterschool and summer arts programs targeted toward delinquency prevention (Youth ARTS Development Project, 1996, U.S. Department of Justice, National Endowment for the Arts, and Americans for the Arts)
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 W #24, University Place, WA 98466. Phone & SMS Text: (253) 778-6534 For more information visit our website www.DTNW.org.