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| EDUCATION & OUTREACH |

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Education and outreach services play an important role in Eisenhower Dance Detroit’s mission. Since 1991, the company has presented school assembly programs, conducted educational residencies, and designed numerous community collaborations. Eisenhower Dance Detroit takes pride in creating unique outreach experiences for each community the company visits. 

See Education and Outreach listings below for existing programs or contact EDD to collaborate on designing a program specific to the needs of your school or community.


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KIDS ‘N MOTION ASSEMBLY

Description: Eisenhower Dance Detroit presents a dynamic, athletic, and engaging school assembly performance in a lecture-demonstration format. Students learn about the dance profession, the different genres of dance, why people choose to dance, what a dancer’s training looks like, the basic elements of choreography, and the lifestyle of a dancer. Through fun and interactive audience participation, entertaining and age-appropriate repertory excerpts, and informative narration, company members inspire students to learn, create and enjoy dance.

Age Group: Grades K-8
Time: 50 minutes plus Q & A


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MINI-MOTOWN IN MOTION ASSEMBLY

Description: Specially designed for schoolchildren, this scaled-down version of Eisenhower Dance Detroit’s lavish production, Motown in Motion, is a fast-paced and lively salute to the sounds that made the Motor City famous. Through narration, performance, and audience participation, this program explores what a professional dancer’s life life looks like, the basic elements of choreography, and the history of Motown.

Age Group: Grades K-8
Time: 50 minutes plus Q & A


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ARC ASSEMBLY

"The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice."  Reverend Theodore Parker

EDD's mainstage work, ARC, delves into the repressive nature of labels within our society, how they affect our sense of identity and what it means to overcome the judgments that challenge us from revealing who we really are. Recognizing that labeling, stereotyping, and prejudice often take root in middle school and high school, EDD has adapted ARC into a replicable school performance and residency program (see below for residency information).  This program available for touring 2020-2021.

Age Group:  Middle school and high school
Time:  50 minutes plus Q & A


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EDUCATIONAL RESIDENCY

Description:  Residency programs bring EDD dancers into schools to teach students about the art of dance and creative expression. Residencies can include lecture demonstration assemblies, creative movement and composition workshops, team-building activities, master classes, community performances and classroom visitations for participation and discussion.  Residencies can be designed for 1-6 weeks.

Age Group: K-12
School Assembly: One or more Kids 'n Motion, Mini-Motown in Motion, or ARC lecture demonstration assemblies included with the program.
Curriculum Standards:  Arts Education Content Standards & Benchmarks for Dance


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ARC RESIDENCY

"The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice."  Reverend Theodore Parker

EDD's mainstage work, ARC, delves into the repressive nature of labels within our society, how they affect our sense of identity and what it means to overcome the judgments that challenge us from revealing who we really are. Recognizing that labeling, stereotyping, and prejudice often take root in middle school and high school, EDD has adapted ARC into a replicable school performance and residency program. 

EDD revised ARC and created an educational program that directly involves youth in the creation of art with a distinct social message. This project adapts the artistic values and universal themes of the main stage production to the classroom. EDD connects young people to contemporary dance and bridges critical social issues they face daily. Dance is the creative outlet to dive into students' own experiences with bullying, diversity, equity, and inclusion, and help them meaningfully explore how labeling and prejudice has impacted their own sense of identity.  Residency activities include the ARC assembly, student breakout sessions facilitated by school guidance counselors and EDD dancers, workshop classes in dance composition, and community showcase performance.  Residencies can be designed for 1-6 weeks. This program available for touring 2020-2021.

Age Group:  Middle school and high school
Time:  50 minutes plus Q & A
Curriculum Standards:  Arts Education Content Standards & Benchmarks for Dance


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CHOREOGRAPHIC RESIDENCIES

Description: EDD Artistic Director, Stephanie Pizzo, accepts commissions to set her choreography on professional companies and university dance ensembles. Projects can be designed to allow student companies to perform Ms. Pizzo’s choreography as part of a collaborative performance with Eisenhower Dance Detroit.

Length of Residency: 1 week

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PERFORMANCE OPPORTUNITIES FOR COMMUNITY DANCERS

Description: Eisenhower Dance Detroit’s most requested community activity, this project sends EDD dancers in advance of a scheduled community performance to work with local dancers.  EDD company members teach the participants a work of choreography for performance in concert with Eisenhower Dance Detroit. Dances range in degree of difficulty from basic to advanced.  Audition for local dancers may be necessary based on the repertory selected.

Age Group: All ages
Length of Residency: 2 hours to 1 week


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JAM PACK DANCE

Description: Eisenhower Dance Detroit emphasizes the artistry of dance in this narrated mini-concert.  Designed to offer audiences the concert dance experience in a shortened format, the repertory can be “mixed and matched” to meet each community’s needs.

Age Group:  All ages - especially recommended for high school assemblies and family concerts.
Time: 50 minutes plus Q & A