EQUINIMITY PROJECT, Tucson, AZ
A collaboration with STEP – Spirit Therapeutic Equestrian Program to develop creative dance modalities to complement STEP’s therapy programs. (Photo credit: L.H. Medcoff)
INTEGRATIVE TOUCH FOR KIDS (“ITK”), Tucson, AZ **New program, beginning April 2019!**
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 will provide 6 creative movement classes at ITK’s Health Circle events in April and October.
PIO DECIMO CENTER, Tucson, AZ **New program, beginning January 2019!**
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 are initiating a pilot Creative Movement Residency of 20 classes for children ages 6 – 10 in the after school program
SATORI SCHOOL, Tucson, AZ
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 was made possible in part by The Arts Foundation for Tucson and Southern Arizona stART Cultural Development Grant.
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 Mettler-based 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 was made possible in part by Mettler Studios, Inc. and Women’s Foundation of Southern Arizona’s Harriet Silverman Small Grant Fund.
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)
- 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. *New program beginning January 2019* We are working on a children’s illustration book about diversity, inclusion and dance. Illustration of the poem “We All Dance” by Karenne Koo will be done by company member, Michelle Buscemi. We are partnering with a local high school for a student to work with Ms. Buscemi as part of the student’s community service requirement.