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Caillou’s Dance Party | Video | Grade PreK
Miss Martin is throwing a dance party. Caillou is excited, only... he doesn’t know how to dance! In this video students discover that there is often more than one way to complete a task or activity. Students observe that there is no "right" or "wrong" way to express yourself through dance. Students also learn about dealing with anxiety and building confidence.
Dance in Smarty Pants | Video | Grades PreK-1
In this video segment from Between the Lions, Arty sings a song about dancing in his smarty pants and encourages others to dance in smarty pants as well. It's a brand new dance, ooh! aah!, dance in smarty pants! This puppet song includes the following guest stars: Mo Lewis, Kelly Ripa, Mo Rocca, Steve Carell, Meredith Viera, Melissa Etheridge, Al Franken, Oliver Platt, Theo, Cleo, the cubs, Busterfield, pigeons, Possibly Barney, and India Arie. This video segment provides a resource for Phonological Awareness.
Breakdancing/Beatboxing | Videos | Grades K-13+
Rashidi Omari is a performance artist, writer and educator at Destiny Arts Center, a violence prevention and arts education organization in Oakland. KQED's Art School stopped by his dance studio to learn more about this dynamic Oakland artist, and find what hip-hop means to him and his students. Omari teaches the basics of beatboxing and demonstrates basic breakdancing moves.
Margaret Jenkins: Dance | Video | Grades K-13+
In this Spark video produced by KQED, follow Margaret Jenkins from rehearsing "Danger Orange" in San Francisco to conducting workshops on composition and sharing choreographic ideas with the Beijing Modern Dance Company in China.
Ghanaian Dance/Drumming (Art School: In the Studio with Kwesi Anku, Kwaku Manu, and Selasi Morgan) | Videos | Grades K-13+
Kwesi Anku, Kwaku Manu, and Selasi Morgan are performing artists who teach at the East Bay Center for the Performing Arts in Richmond, CA and are members of the Bay Area's West African Music and Dance Ensemble. Originally from Ghana, they came to the US to study dance with their professor at UC Berkeley, Dr. CK Ladzekpo. They stayed in the Bay Area to spread their love of music and dance and to provide opportunities for young people in their community to express themselves, using music and dance as tools for positive change.
ODC Dance | Video | Grades K-13+
In this Spark video produced by KQED, meet Brenda Way who in the three decades since she founded ODC has directed her dancers and staff to accomplish more than they ever dreamed possible. In the 1970s, a group of dancers, musicians and artists from Oberlin College formed the Oberlin Dance Collective (ODC), a collaborative project dedicated to developing and performing new modern dance works. ODC has since become the premier contemporary dance company of the West Coast, performing for more than 50,000 people a year.