SPARK follows Artistic Director Margaret Jenkins as she rehearses her company dancers in preparation for "Danger Orange," an outdoor site-specific performance in downtown San Francisco. This Educator Guide is about the history of modern dance and the contributions of some its most innovative choreographers, including Jenkins.
Students will engage in visual and written activities that will support their creative process of choreographing a solo dance composition. The lesson includes motifs and the movement components -- body, effort, shape, and space (BESS elements from Laban Movement Analysis).
This resource was created by Kate Steffen, in collaboration with Lynn Bowder, as part of ESU2's Mastering the Arts project. This project is a four year initiative focused on integrating arts into the core curriculum through teacher education and experiential learning.
A group of teachers learning a West African dance demonstrate how to choreograph a dance using four simple movements in this video from the Dance Arts Toolkit series.
Harlina Churn-Diallo and Mali native Yaya Diallo perform and teach the Mouwa in this video from the Dance Arts Toolkit series. The Mouwa is a dance that comes from the Bambara, Senufo, and Miniaka people of West Africa.