May 2017 – Angel Shine provides major funding to New York City Ballet’s Educational Programs and Cerebral Palsy Movement Workshop for Children
In New York City Ballet’s in-school residency programs, students and educators learn how ballet is an accessible art form relevant to their daily lives. Aligned with the Common Core Learning Standards and the New York City Blueprint for Teaching and Learning in Dance, these programs promote student-centered, experiential, and interdisciplinary approaches to learning, and each is facilitated by professional dance educators.
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It’s NYCB’s commitment to be an integral part in the educational growth of New York City youth. By working together to create quality and lasting arts-based experiences, NYCB foster creative learning and cultivate vibrant school communities while sharing the rich cultural legacy of New York City Ballet.
Partner your school with New York City Ballet for a curriculum-based introduction to the world of ballet. Each program consists of multiple in-school workshops facilitated by a NYCB Teaching Artist, as well as a visit to see the New York City Ballet in performance at our home in Lincoln Center. Classroom teachers from partner schools participate in Professional Development workshops with NYCB Teaching Artists and professionals in the field of dance education in order to prepare for a successful residency.
Angel Shine is thrilled to renew funding for NYCB’s cerebral palsy workshop for children! NYCB designed a specialized program for children with cerebral palsy in partnership with the Weinberg Family Cerebral Palsy Center at Columbia University. This workshop also invited courageous children living with cancer. All children are welcomed! Led by NYCB Principal Dancer Adrian Danchig-Waring and Soloist Ashley Laracey, two one-hour movement classes are provided, introducing participants to basic ballet vocabulary and familiarizing them with NYCB’s repertory. Live piano music played by an NYCB pianist, accompanied the workshops. Children learned a ballet warm-up followed by movement combinations inspired by excerpts from NYCB ballets. Importantly, the dancers taught the children real ballet steps and choreography, ensuring an authentic experience that elevated their encounter with the art form.
Some children were able to walk independently, while others used gait trainers and/or wheelchairs. Each child was paired with a volunteer medical student from Columbia, who assisted them with movement and coordination. This 1:1 ratio ensured hands-on, personal attention for all participants and enabled their family members to sit back, relax, and enjoy watching their children move. Participants and their families were also invited to be our guests at NYCB’s hour-long Family Saturdays programs held onstage at the David H. Koch Theater and performed by the Company’s professional dancers and musicians. Following the program, the invitees were treated to private reception.
Dr. Joseph Dutkowsky, orthopedic surgeon at Columbia Children’s Hospital and Weinberg CP Center
Sarah, my favorite dance partner!