Art in Motion offers many dance styles for you to choose from. We build a fun, engaging and inclusive environment with your students that fosters creativity, while building movement skills and confidence. All of our lesson plans are directly related to the Alberta Physical Education Curriculum. We are able to provide you with the specific curricular ties to the movement material in your residency during the booking process.
Our West-African program focuses on the dances of Guinea, and our instructors have the experience and knowledge to make connections to West-African culture and music in addition to breaking down the steps for kids. All of our West-African dance instructors have studied with West-African dance masters in Western Africa. Music and movement are synonymous in West-African culture, so this dance form is best with live drummers!
Creative/ Contemporary Dance
This dance form allows your students to explore their own self-expression. Students experiment with interpreting qualitative and energetic directives through their own movement choices. Throughout the residency, students create and build their own movement vocabulary. This often results in a solo or small group composition that can be shared with the rest of the class. Please see Arts-Centred Learning to connect this residency to curriculum outside of physical education.
West-African and European music and movement mingled in the late 1800s creating something new that the world had never seen before: Jazz. This dance form has an exciting history including the Turkey Trot, Quickstep, Charleston, and Swing. AIM is able to focus on early jazz styles, Swing, or do a sampling that also includes Jazz roots such as West-African dance, and developments such as Funk and Hip-Hop.