Leverage Dance Theater

Youth Programs

 


Since 2005, Leverage Dance Theater has produced an extensive offering of educational programs that we refer to as Leveraged Learning. Composed primarily of arts-integrated programming, Leverage uses dance and creative movement to support traditional classroom curriculum and academic learning.

    These programs are available for booking both in and out of school as:

  • performances (45-60 minutes)
  • workshops (60-90 minutes)
  • multi-session residencies (3-10 sessions)

Please contact us for more information about booking these programs at (314) 884-1533 or via email at staff@lv-dt.org.

MTM brochureMoving Through Math
Grades: K-4
Format: Performance, Workshop, Residency

Our signature program, this 50-minute, interactive lecture-demonstration is a fun and lively program that uses music and dance to bring math and geometry to life. The performance catalyzes children’s capacity to grasp mathematical concepts by simultaneously stimulating visual, auditory and kinesthetic learning while also introducing fundamental elements of dance art. Customizable to be appropriate to the age and grade of the audience, concepts covered include lines, curves, symmetry, congruency, parallel lines, angles, pattern recognition, basic characteristics of polygons, addition and subtraction, multiplication and sometimes division. A single workshop, multi-day or multi-week residency which allows children the opportunity to dance through and explore the concepts more thoroughly is also available. Classroom teachers can choose the concepts to be emphasized during a workshop or residency to match grade level expectations and the time of year the program is presented in the classroom.

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Moving With Science
Grades: 3-8
Format: Performance, Workshop, Residency
Students learn from the team of dancers how scientific principles affect human movement in this performance.  Students will learn about the Laws of Motion as they watch dancers perform a series of leaps, turns, and lifts, and discover how physics can be applied to accomplish seemingly impossible feats. …Sample here.


wileyWiley & the Hairy Man
Grades: PK – 6
Format: Performance, Workshop, ResidencyThe African American folktale on which this story is based, set deep in a southern swamp, centers around a young girl, her mother, her faithful dog, and the Hairy Man who haunts Wiley’s days and dreams. Dance, drama and music bring to life the adventures of this plucky heroine in this literacy and character education program. In an exciting duel of wits, Wiley learns to rely upon her own resources and conquers two villains – the Hairy Man and her own fear. …More Info

Moving Through Math

Performances: 50 minutes
Classes and Workshop: run-times vary

MTM 1“The students were engaged throughout and responded to dancers’ movements, questions, and prompts… It was was interesting to watch the children as the dancers performed and to see their eagerness to answer math questions.”

– Classroom teacher, Meadows Elementary

    This program will show students how dancers use math everyday:

  • to create shapes with their bodies using straight and curved lines
  • to make triangles, circles, squares, or other shapes.
  • to make parallel lines and and angles with their bodies
  • how counting, addition, subtraction and multiplication can help dancers to create and perform dances
    Students will:
    MTM 2

  • increase their understanding of basic concepts in the elementary math curriculum through creative and non-linear processes including movement and kinesthetic awareness.
  • reinforce students’ understanding of geometric and organic shapes and lines.
  • gain awareness about dance and the process of choreography (creating dances).
  • appreciate dance as an art form.

LVDT will work with teachers to determine which of the following concepts will work for each individual classroom.

Acute
Angle
Asymmetrical
Balance
Bigger
Choreographer
Congruent
Circle
Cylinder
Dance
Diagonal
Equation
Equals
Equilateral
Fraction
Finite
Flip
Geometric
Geometry
Graph
Horizontal
Hexagonal
Healthy
Hop
High
Inches
Jump
Kilometer
Kilogram
Kick
Line
Magnet
Math
Measurement
Multiply
Number
Nine
Octagon
Oval
Parallel
Partner
Pattern
Perpendicular
Plus
Prime
Quarter
Rotate
Symmetrical
Shorter
Side
Slide
Smaller
Taller
Time
Triangle
Tempo
Timing
Turn
Times
Two-Dimensional
Three-Dimensional

For booking information please contact: staff@lv-dt.org

Moving With Science

Run Time: 50 min

 Moving with scienceIn Moving With Science, Sir Isaac Newton, the great, great, great grandfather attends a dancers’ rehearsal. He is there to teach the dancers how The Laws of Motion can be applied to their dancing. Sir Isaac introduces the concept of a Force, a push or a pull, which causes things to move, change direction, or stop. He teaches dancers how to add and subtract forces to create bigger or more interesting movements,  and how understanding the role of mass, friction, acceleration, and centripetal force can help them to jump higher and to lift each other. The program ends when the dancers take their newly acquired knowledge and spruce up their opening dance to include gravity defying feats and Sir Isaac Newton himself.

    Students will:

  • experience the laws of motion as they affect human movement through kinesthetic activities.
  • develop an awareness about dance as an art form.
  • experience a modern dance performance.
  • understand how dancers need a fundamental grasp of physics to be able to “partner” or lift other dancers of their same or bigger size.
  • LVDT will work with teachers to determine which of the following concepts to discuss in their individual classrooms.

Vocabulary & Concepts Taught:

Acceleration
Balance
Center of Gravity
Centripetal Force
Coefficient of Friction
Counterbalance
Force
Friction
Gravity
Inertia
Laws of Motion
Mass
Momentum
Motion
Partner
Physics
Sir Isaac Newton
Speed
Surface Area
Universal Laws
Velocity
Weight
Work

For booking information please contact: staff@lv-dt.org

Wiley and the Hairy Man

Run Time: 50 min

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“My students have never had an opportunity like this to experience live theatre and were captivated by the performance. It was a special day for my students and one that they talked about for several days.” – 2nd grade teacher, Meramec Elementary

This program is an adaptation of an African American folktale of the same name. The story, set deep within a mysterious southern swamp near the Tombigbee river, centers around a young girl, her mother, her faithful dog, and the Hair Man who haunts Wiley’s days and dreams. Through dance and narration, Leverage brings to life the mystery and danger of the swamp. In an exciting duel of wits, Wiley learns to rely upon her own resources and conquers two villains – the Hairy Man and her own fear.

    Students will:

  • experience live theatre and dance
  • develop audience skills
  • be exposed to the genre of folktales, generally, and African American folktales, specifically.
  • be able to discern the elements of a story such as setting, plot, problem, and lesson or moral.
  • practice steps in the process that correspond to reading comprehension: sequencing, visualizing, and vocabulary development.
  • be able to recreate their own narratives.
  • be able to compare the character of Wiley to themselves, reflecting on how they experience courage, fear, and support in their own lives.

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After the program, Leverage has created grade-appropriate follow-up activities to be led by classroom teachers or Leverage dance artists to deepen the literacy learning and dance theatre experience associated with this performance.

These activities include a list of discussion questions, worksheets, drawing, reading, writing, acting, storytelling, and movement activities.

The following vocabulary may be used to discuss “Wiley” in the classroom:

Folktale
Characters
Setting
Beginning
Middle
End
Courage
Swamp
Swamp Grass
Spring
Shuffling
Bounding
Research
Conjure
Author
Director
Performer
Choreographer
Choreography
Chorus
Storyteller
Finale

“I think any time the school offers our students a different experience, or exposes them to something news, it enhances some aspect of our programming.” – 3rd grade teacher, Dunbar Elementary

“Our entire student body was caught up in the performance and their reactions were truly genuine.” – Music teacher, Central Elementary School
For booking information please contact: staff@lv-dt.org

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