EQUINIMITY PROJECT, Tucson, AZ
A unique opportunity to connect with horses in a gentle, natural and wonderfully fun way through group dance improvisation. A collaboration with STEP – Spirit Therapeutic Equestrian Program. Our pilot Equinimity Workshop Series was successfully completed in Spring 2019. Our next workshop series resume in March 2020. (Photo credit: L.H. Medcoff)
GREGORY SCHOOL, Tucson, AZ **New Program**
Lecture/Demonstration for middle and high school students on the theme of inclusion.
November 8, 2019: Lecture/Demonstration of Life’s Journey by Julian Dombrowski. Choreography session on Spoken Words and Movement.
October 30, 2019: Lecture/Demonstration of Come Sit With Me, including a choreography session with students to create their own unique version that speaks to the themes of friendship, inclusion and meeting new people.
October 25, 2019: Lecture/Demonstration of LOOK!, including a choreography session with students to create their own version of LOOK! that speaks to the theme of how we look at others who are different.
HACIENDA AT THE CANYON, Tucson, AZ **New Program**
October, 2019 – Present
Joyful Movement classes for members in the Independent Living, Assisted Living and Memory Care communities.
HANDMAKER CONTINUING CARE RETIREMENT COMMUNITY, Tucson, AZ
May – June 2019; **Begins again in January 2020**
Expressive Movement classes to encourage fun and natural connections we make with each other while dancing together! (Photo credit: N. Levy)
This project made possible with funding from Arts for All Inc.
INTEGRATIVE TOUCH FOR KIDS (“ITK”), Tucson, AZ
ITK is a non-profit organization that supports families whose children have any type of special health or medical need, including but not limited to children with cancers, genetic conditions, autism, cerebral palsy, traumatic stress, and other serious health issues. We provided a creative movement session at ITK’s Spring 2019 Health Circle. (Photo credit: ITK)
This project made possible in part with funding from Mettler Studios, Inc.
Intuition Wellness, Tucson, AZ. **Begins January 2020**
In Motion creative movement classes for children and adults.
A weekend intensive introducing Mettler-based creative dance to Body Shift instructors and students. Open to all ages, abilities and experiences.
This project made possible in part with funding from Mettler Studios, Inc.
PIO DECIMO CENTER, Tucson, AZ
January 2019 – Present
Pio Decimo Center offers support services to low-income families in the forms of childcare, daycare, after school programs, social services counselling, transitional housing counseling and more. We facilitate a Creative Movement Residency for children ages 6 – 10 in the after school program. Additional plans to expand programming to a second after-school site, the senior program and women in the transitional housing program are under development pending funding support. (Photo credit: M. Zerler)
This project made possible in part with funding from Arizona Commission on the Arts, Long Realty Cares Foundation and Mettler Studios, Inc.
SATORI SCHOOL, Tucson, AZ
Company dancers facilitated a Sound and Movement with Beads workshop. Students created their own wearable, beaded bracelets and explored the unity of bead sounds and movement in group dance improvisation.
1-day Lecture/Demonstration for Grades 2, 3, 4 and 5 on the theme of inclusion and dance. Repertory Company members showed a video of “COME SIT WITH ME,” a multi-generational/diverse abilities piece that was shared at various venues in Tucson, including the Tucson Mall in January. We followed the viewing with an improvisational movement session where students created their own “GREETING DANCE,” which they enthusiastically shared with Company Dancer, Julian Dombrowski, through video conferencing. We concluded the workshop with a thoughtful Q&A session with Julian on the theme of diverse abilities and dance. (Photo credit: S. Geoffrion)
2-day workshop with middle school students that included the sharing of signature pieces “LOOK!” and “OUT OF LINE.” Students worked with Repertory Company members to adapt both pieces to speak to students’ own life experiences. Satori School’s Art Education teacher will continue to develop the pieces for presentation at a school concert scheduled in January 2019. (Photo credit: M. Thayer)
Workshop at Satori School for the 8th graders that included a sharing of “LOOK!”, followed by a Q&A discussion session and a movement workshop. Students developed their own “LOOK!” statements with accompanying movement. Company members then helped students work together to create their own “LOOK!” choreography.
“LOOK!“ was created to ask why we look at others who are different and in turn, how we feel when others look at us. This theme resonates strongly in our lives as we all deal with issues surrounding conformity and being different. Through this short residency, we hoped to have initiated a dialogue towards understanding, acceptance and respect for all of the wonderful diversity that surrounds us every day. (Photo credit: M. Giffords)
This project made possible in part with funding by The Arts Foundation for Tucson and Southern Arizona’s stART Cultural Development Grant and Mettler Studios, Inc.
SISTER JOSE WOMEN’S CENTER, Tucson, AZ
September 2017 – Present
Sister Jose Women’s Center is a Tucson-based non-profit organization with the mission to care and nurture homeless women in a welcoming and safe environment. Dancesequences began a partnership with the Center to encourage individual and group movement expressions through an on-site residency consisting of weekly 1-hour Joyful Movement classes. Effective November 2017, Joyful Movement was integrated into the Center’s CREATE program that seeks to empower women by encouraging self-discovery and expression through creativity. (Photo credit: P. Buckley)
This project made possible in part with funding from Arizona Commission on the Arts, Long Realty Cares Foundation, Mettler Studios, Inc. and Women’s Foundation of Southern Arizona’s Harriet Silverman Small Grant Fund.
SPLENDIDO AT RANCHO VISTOSO, Tucson, AZ
Sept. 2019 – Present
Creative Movement classes for residents in the Memory Care community.
TOUCHING SPACES, Tucson, AZ
Monthly site-based dance improvisation events to encourage the public to explore new perspectives for seeing and interacting with natural spaces in the world around us. Free to the public for all ages and abilities. (Photo credit: B. Griffin; L. Hubble; K. Koo)
- October 20, 2019: Gene C. Reid Park
- April, 28, 2019: Women’s Plaza of Honor, University of Arizona campus
- March 24, 2019: Gene C. Reid Park
- February 17, 2019: Rio Vista Resources Natural Park
- January 20, 2019: Morris K. Udall Park
- November 18, 2018: Gene C. Reid Park
- October 28, 2018: Fort Lowell Park
- April 22, 2018: Agua Caliente Park
- February 18, 2018: Tierra del Sol Park
TUCSON MUSEUM OF ART, Tucson, AZ
- June 2018: Introductory movement classes at the Summer Arts Camp.
- Sunday, May 13, 2018: Mother’s Day. Community Dance workshop for the general public. (Photo credit: M. Woodward)
“WE ALL DANCE” BOOK PROJECT, Tucson, AZ.
We are working on a children’s illustration book about diversity, inclusion and dance. Illustration concepts of the poem “We All Dance” by Karenne Koo are designed by company member, Michelle Buscemi. Ana Martinez, a high school student from The Gregory School is the lead illustrator bringing Ms. Buscemi’s concepts onto paper.