You’re Invited to Mark Morris Dance Group’s Curriculum Slam!

Calling All Dance Educators!

Mark Morris Dance Group is announcing our first Curriculum Slam, taking place on June 13, 2019 from 4:30pm to 6:30pm at the Mark Morris Dance Center (3 Lafayette Ave, Brooklyn, NY, 11217). We are excited to invite you to attend and, if you wish, apply to present at this gathering for Dance Educators throughout New York City. Find important details below:

What is a Curriculum Slam?

The Mark Morris Dance Group Curriculum Slam is an opportunity for Dance Educators working with students of any age group to share an activity they find particularly successful in their classroom. Borrowing its name from Poetry Slams, presenters are meant to demonstrate activities concisely, with the main learning objectives and logistics of the activity comprising most of the presenter’s designated time. With a goal of providing a collegial, fun opportunity to learn from our peers, we welcome anyone to apply. Please note, there is NO FEE to participate, either as an attendee or presenter. A broad agenda will be as follows:

  • 4:15-4:30pm – Doors open
  • 4:30-4:35pm – Welcome people into the room
  • 4:35-4:45pm – Reminder of objectives and format
  • 4:45-6:15pm – 7 presenters each presenting one activity
  • 6:15-6:30pm – Wrap-Up/Reflection

I don’t want to apply to present, but I want to attend; where can I RSVP?

RSVP to let us know you’re attending the event by CLICKING THIS LINK. 

What are the steps for applying?

All Dance Educators interested in applying can CLICK THIS LINK to fill out the application form by May 22, 2019 at 6:00pm.

How many and What type of activities will be selected to be presented at the Curriculum Slam?

The MMDG Education team will select (lottery style) 7 presenters to demonstrate their activity as part of the Slam. Each presenter will have 7 minutes to talk about/demonstrate their activity and an additional 5 minutes to answer questions from the audience about it. Applicants will be notified whether they have been selected to present by May 29, 2019. Things Educators can think about prior to selecting the activity they choose to submit on their application are:

  • What age group is your activity for?
  • Where does it fall in your lesson plan? In your curriculum map?
  • What is the main learning objective for your students?
  • Why is this dance skill/concept important for your students to master?
  • How does this skill/concept transcend genre so that it is relevant to all dance styles/forms?
  • How does this activity address musicality?
  • Where/how does this activity make space for a multitude of learning styles and abilities?
  • How will you teach this activity to a room full of Dance Educators so that it includes both depth and an interactive component?

All questions can be addressed to Alex Cook at alex.cook@mmdg.org. We look forward to receiving your applications and RSVPs! See you on June 13th.

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