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Scottish Country Dancing

PATTEE RUSSELL-CURRY
Workshop/Residency
Professional Dancer, Dance Instructor, Choreographer

Pattee Russell-Curry is a Board-Certified Dance Movement Therapist with the American Dance Therapy Association, and Certified Teacher Associate I of the Cecchetti Method of Classical Ballet. She holds a B.A. Degree in Women’s P.E. Dance: Dance Therapy Emphasis from CSUF, and has taught creative movement and pre-ballet for years in private studios, ARTREE and with the Summer Youth Arts Program using integrated dance for special needs populations and the community.

Ms. Russell-Curry participated in a certification program based in New York City with Lori Belilove, (the internationally acclaimed preeminent expert on Isadora Duncan’s expressive dance, the original modern dance) . Ms. Russell-Curry trained with Ann Cogley in Duncan, and performed with Lori Belilove & Co. in Grass Valley CA in November 2006. She trained in Laban/Bartenieff Fundamentals movement analysis in Los Angeles CA.

Scottish Country Dancing

Scottish Country Dancing originated in the 1600s as a social ballroom dance that was enjoyed by all levels of society. These are lively groups dances, known for their energy, elegance and spirit of friendly cooperation. Many traditional dances have been preserved and new ones are being created.

This workshop will introduce students to basic steps and simple patterns of Scottish Country Dancing, and students will learn and do a complete dance. The following skills will be developed: pattern sequencing, rhythm awareness, memorization, attention, concentration, gross motor coordination, confidence, eye contact, nonverbal communication, teamwork and cooperation. Cultural awareness and appreciation will be enhanced through clothing, music, pictures and shared information.

Grade Levels: 4 - 12
Requirements: Gymnasium, Cafeteria or Large cleared space in Classroom
Sessions: 1 or more
Up to 30 students
Materials:
Fees: $40 per 55-minute session

 

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Movement Exploration

PATTEE RUSSELL-CURRY

All ages can benefit from self-awareness, and confidence in using the body to communicate. Additionally, brain development, self-regulation, and sensory integration are improved through creative use of the body and a variety of colorful props.
Movement exploration develops body awareness, spatial orientation, cognitive sequencing, self-regulation and sensory integration. Additionally, free and expressive movement taps into creative reservoirs of imagination and problem solving. Emotional expressive outlets afford development of socialization and adaptive coping and communications skills. This art process is at the core of all creative process work, and choreographic skills.

Grade Levels: K - 12
Requirements: Gymnasium, Cafeteria or Large cleared space in Classroom
Sessions: 1 or more
Up to 30 students
Materials:
Fees: $40 per 55-minute session

 

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Polynesian Culture through Music and Dance

BECKY MANANDIC
Workshop/Residency/Performance/Choreography
Available to Schools and Community
Professional Dance, Dance Instructor, Choreographer

Becky Manandic is the director of Te Mau Ta’ata Anuanua, a cultural group dedicated to educating the public and promoting the dance, music and culture of Polynesian Islands. She is from Ewa Beach, Oahu, where she performed at major resorts. She has appeared on local TV as well as the nationally televised Mike Douglas Show. She also owns the South Pacific Dance Company, a dance school and Kiki Raina Polynesian Revue, a professional Luau show.

Polynesian Culture through Music and Dance

Polynesia includes the islands of Hawaii, Tahiti, New Zealand, Samoa and other island groups in the South Pacific. Artist Becky Manandic will introduce students to the culture of the islands through music and dance. Students will see traditional costumes, authentic instruments and learn dances and songs. The workshop is flexible and may include several sessions. Folktales may be included as part of the workshop.

Grade Levels: K – 12
Requirements: Large, cleared space - electrical outlet – extension cord
1 or more 50 minute sessions
Up to 30 students
Materials:
Fees: $40 per 55-minute session

 

 

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