April 11, 2018
FINAL PREP FOR “WATCH, DO AND MAKE DANCE!” WORKSHOP
Our session begins today with Lorena consulting with Mandy and Jonathan to finalize the music that will accompany the different segments of our upcoming choreographic workshop at the Westchester Children’s Museum on Sunday, April 18th. Lorena is using her computer to create a CD with the music the dancers select.
At the last rehearsal, the dancers decided to wear teaching clothes for the workshop. Today, they get more specific, agreeing to wear all black.
As this is the final rehearsal before the choreographic workshop on Sunday, Jonathan talks through the progression of the program with Mandy and Lorena:
Lorena decides to put on a video for Sebastian so the dancers can focus on a trial run of the program. Sherri is playing the role of an elementary school participant, trying to imagine how she would respond to the dancers’ instructions if she were seven years old!
Jonathan, Mandy, and Lorena go through the entire program, one element at a time. Together, the dancers help one another determine the most effective descriptions, verbal cues, explanations, and approaches, given the young age of the workshop participants. The dancers offer ideas and feedback, testing them out in real time. Adjustments are made on the spot. Transitions between elements are worked out.
Although the dancers try to anticipate the needs and competencies of the children, they acknowledge the possibility that they may need to adjust the pace and content of the program to respond to the actual levels of energy, interest, and ability the participants present.
Everyone is excited to test out our latest choreographic initiative on Sunday!
Sherri Muroff Kalt, founder of Process Portraits, LLC and author of Portrait of an Artistic Journey: The Creative Process in Real Life Context, is a Phi Beta Kappa, magna cum laude graduate of Duke University with a B.A. in psychology. She began her career in marketing and sales in New York City with L’Oréal, Monet Jewelers, and Givenchy. READ MORE