Triangle Program - Middle School (Grades 6-8)
“Triangle” Three in One Dance Experience for Middle School (Grades 6-8)
Sarasota Contemporary Dance (SCD) is a unique dance company in that its performers and choreographers are also certified teaching artists. SCD recognizes that every student learns differently and that using movement as a vehicle to explore curriculum, encourage self-expression, and activate creativity in a school setting is important for learning and retaining information.
This kind of exploration can be designed for students with varying levels of dance experience. The “Triangle” program is SCD’s most requested exploration, as it allows teaching artists to reach a large number of students in one session while offering a diverse learning experience.
In the “Triangle” exploration, students of all ages and abilities will have the opportunity to meet and dance with the dancers of SCD while they perform a short intro called “When I Dance.” The goal of the intro “When I Dance” is to share the basic elements of dance (what we call BEST): Body, Energy, Space, and Time. SCD has found that including the “When I Dance” introduction is an effective way for students to enter into a community together and feel engaged from the start. Afterwards, students will be split into three groups, and will transition into the “Triangle” program where they will experience three 15-minute rotations of dance genres, allowing an opportunity to learn from different teaching artists, and embody three different styles of movement and dance.
This exploration will end with all students coming back together for a group sharing of the dance phrases taught in each rotation. This closing activity is an exciting experience for students to get to move in unison with the entire group.
Choose 3 styles for your exploration:
Length of session: 1 hour and 15 min
Number of students: 20-60
10 minute “When I Dance” Intro performance by SCD Dancers
Three 20 minute mini classes (students are split into 3 groups and rotate)
10 minute reflection and sharing