Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Scholarships offered for ‘Moving Words,’ a dance-writing duet for kids

What might movement through space have to do with the intuitive leaps that take place when we use our imagination?

How does the physical creation of shape, line and form spark the creative crafting of sentences?

How do the rhythms and patterns of speech relate to the rhythms and patterns of dance?

Oh, and one other important question: How can a parent sign up for a chance to win a free scholarship for a class that explores these ideas?

This summer, Cindy Robinson, a first-grade teacher in West Sacramento, and Pamela Trokanski, a director and choreographer for the Pamela Trokanski Dance Theatre, will team up to teach “Moving Words,” a workshop for children ages 6-10 that uses movement to inspire young authors.

Using a wide range of movement games — and working in groups, with partners and in solo explorations — students explore the connections between creative writing and dance.

“Incorporating movement to creatively express those writings allows the young writer to experience the power of language through multiple mediums,” Trokanski said in a news release. “Through the physical exploration of rhythms and meters, chants and song, students bring their words to life.”

Robinson, a veteran teacher, has prepared activities appropriate for both younger writers and the more independent author. Trokanski, a teacher for nearly 30 years, brings a wide array of movement games and explorations to the mix.

They both share an intense interest in the specialty of the other: Robinson has studied dance with Trokanski since 1991 and performs with The Third Stage Dance Company; Trokanski is known for the integration of written text into her performance work, in addition to her interest in how movement stimulates brain development.

The weeklong workshop runs from 9 a.m to noon Monday through Friday, June 25-29. While the classes take place at the Pamela Trokanski Dance Workshop, 2720 Del Rio Place, “Moving Words” is actually a part of the Pamela Trokanski Dance Theatre’s community outreach and arts education programming. In addition to presenting full performance seasons, the nonprofit organization also has a long history of producing innovative dance education events.

The cost of the class is $150, and enrollment limited to 20 participants. However, as part of raising awareness of this aspect of the Trokanski Dance Theatre’s work — and due, in part, to a large donation that recently was received — 10 full scholarships are available, to be awarded through a lottery.

Any interested community member is welcome to stop by the Dance Workshop, fill out the application form and drop it in the designated container. The drawing for the 10 scholarships will take place Wednesday, with winners notified on Thursday, June 21.

For more information on the program, call (530) 756-3949.

Robinson has been working with children, families and educators since 1987. In 1990, she earned her multiple-subject teaching credential and language development specialist certificate. Currently teaching first grade in the Washington Unified School District, she has taught preschool through second grade, and was the lead creator of a writing curriculum (“First Grade Writing Toolkit”) developed by teachers and adopted by the Washington School District.

Trokanski has taught in Davis since 1984, in addition to running her own dance company. Currently teaching dance at Davis High School, she holds a single-subject teaching credential, for physical education, grades K-12, with additional credentials for teaching drawing and painting.

She also has worked with the California Arts Project, designing programs specializing in the use of dance to teach subject matter across the curriculum.



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