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Teacher Training Workshop
NC Arts in Action conducted a  FREE 3 - Day Training Workshop, Aug. 14th - 16th, from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00, using the award-winning teaching methodologies of the National Dance Institute of New York.  Current NC AIA teaching artists and dance educators across the triangle received 9 hours of instruction to reinforce and deepen their understanding of NDI’s unique teaching techniques, while developing content for NC AIA’s 2017-18 curricular theme, "Financial Literacy" 

Thank you to EMPOWER DANCE STUDIO, located at 109 W Parrish St, Durham, NC 27701, for hosting this workshop!

Great job, LEAP Team!

Great job, 

LEAP Team!

On Sunday, May 21, our Learning, Excellence and Perseverance (LEAP) team dancers gave a season-ending, stellar performance at the Nasher Museum on Duke campus. 

The LEAP program fulfills a community need for children in underserved schools to have exposure to the arts in an environment that is inclusive of all children. Teachers report that participants in our in-school programs discover new talents about themselves, gain confidence and increase their ability to focus in school. Exceptionally achieving dancers from our in-school programs, that show enthusiasm in every Arts in Action class and commit to rehearsing on Saturdays, now have the opportunity to continue to enhance these important life skills after the fourth grade in the tuition-free LEAP Team program.

Our LEAP team dancers, who are our NC Arts in Action Ambassadors, demonstrated warm-up technique, leaps and jumps, and showcased Coming to America before exhibiting their "goodbye and farewell to all" final number. We also congratulate LEAP program manager Kim Demery, lead teacher Alton Tisino, and teaching artist Rachael Lee for their excellence in this year's LEAP program. Thanks to parents, our Board, and community supporters for your wonderful generosity and assistance in helping us present our programming this year. 

















Photo credits: MaryBeth Carpenter  


Congratulations, Baileywick Elementary!

Congratulations,

Baileywick Elementary!

We extend our heartiest applause to Baileywick Elementary School, its fourth grade students, teachers and administrators for their excellent performances yesterday in The Collision: Technology Meets the Arts. 

Fourth grade students tied their dancing into the curriculum and learned about creativity, collaboration, critical thinking and connectivity. Our program was written by Alton Tisino, directed by Kathy Berberian, with assistant direction by Suzi Landis and musical direction by Doug Largent. Alton Tisino wrote two original musical pieces in the program, "The Artificial Human" and "Think Big". 

On behalf of the children we serve, thank you to parents and our guests for attending both performances. Thanks also to our wonderful supporters for making this program possible. In addition, we thank Principal Grigg and the Baileywick teaching team for your support in our first year of this program. 












Photo credits: Jennifer Tarrazi-Scully


Congratulations, Rashkis and Rolesville!
Congratulations, 

Rashkis and Rolesville!

Congratulations to Rashkis and Rolesville Elementary Schools and their fourth grade students and teams for their outstanding performances on Thursday and Friday in The Collision: Technology Meets the Arts. 

Rashkis' program marks its 12th year of the Arts in Action program, the longest running school and the first to host our innovative performing arts program. LEAD teacher and Direction was by Andrew Lamar and Assistant Direction was led by Christiana Barnett-Murphy. 

Rolesville held its first performance after entering the program this year. LEAD teacher was Christiana Barnett-Murphy and Assistant Direction was led by Sue Smith. 

This year's program was written and directed by Alton Tisino with musical direction by Doug Largent. Narration was by Yolanda Rabun. 

Fourth grade students tied their dancing into the curriculum and learned about creativity, collaboration, critical thinking and connectivity. Students explored the Age of Enlightenment, mad scientists and the wonder of technology through the radio, cell phones, and artificial intelligence. They danced through the binary code, felt the pull of magnetism, and became robots. 

On behalf of the children we serve, thank you to parents and our guests for attending both performances at both schools. Thanks also to our wonderful supporters for making this program possible. We thank Rashkis PTA and Rolesville PTA for their support of Arts in Action. In addition, we thank Tracy Strong, Michelle Wood, and the Rashkis PTA, as well as our in-school liaison at Rolesville Elementary, Patricia Russick, and the amazing 4th grade teachers and staff, for their support of NC Arts in Action. 
RASHKIS




















ROLESVILLE




















Photo credits: MaryBeth Carpenter  



Congratulations, Wakelon!
Congratulations, 

Wakelon!

Congratulations to Wakelon Elementary School and its fourth grade students and team for their outstanding performances today in The Collision: Technology Meets the Arts. 

Today's program was written and directed by Alton Tisino with musical direction by Doug Largent. Assistant Direction was led by Sue Smith and Suzi Landis. Narration was by Yolanda Rabun. Fourth grade students tied their dancing into the curriculum and learned about creativity, collaboration, critical thinking and connectivity. 

Students explored the Age of Enlightenment, mad scientists and the wonder of technology through the radio, cell phones and artificial intelligence. They danced through the binary code, felt the pull of magnetism, and became robots. Alton Tisino wrote two original musical pieces in today's program The Artificial Human and Think Big. 

On behalf of the children we serve, thank you to parents and our guests for attending both performances. Thanks also to our wonderful supporters for making this program possible. In addition, we thank Principal Angela Cooper and Wakelon teachers for your unwavering support in our third year of this program at Wakelon. 
























Photo credits: MaryBeth Carpenter




Congratulations, York Elementary!

Congratulations, 

York Elementary!

Congratulations to York Elementary Schools and its fourth grade students and team for their capstone performances today in The Collision: Technology Meets the Arts

For the past 16 weeks York fourth graders learned about the power of curiosity, creativity, critical thinking, and collaboration. This year's theme Technology Meets the Arts celebrates the advancements of modern technology and the role it plays in our daily lives. Through dance, music, and visual art, our students explore the evolving relevance of technology as a means of communication, connection, and productivity in today's society. 

Our program was directed by Marlon Torres, written by Alton Tisino, with musical direction by Doug Largent. Assistant Direction was led by Sue Smith. Narration was by Yolanda Rabun. The performance included two original musical pieces by Alton Tisino, The Artificial Human and Think Big. 

On behalf of the children we serve, thank you to parents and our guests for attending both performances. Thanks also to our wonderful supporters for making this program possible. In addition, we thank Principal Williams and York teachers, Ms. Trvino and Ms. Haan, for their enduring support in our second year of this program at York Elementary. 























From left to right -- 4th grade teachers Ms. Trevino and Ms. Haan
Photo credits: MaryBeth Carpenter  


Congratulations, Knightdale and Lake Myra!
Congratulations, 

Knightdale and Lake Myra!

Congratulations to Knightdale and Lake Myra Elementary schools and its fourth grade students and teams for their outstanding combined performance yesterday in The Collision: Technology Meets the Arts. The LEAP Team, NC AIA's ambassadors, also gave a stellar performance. 

Held at Knightdale High School, the program was written and directed by Alton Tisino with musical direction by Doug Largent. Assistant Direction was led by Sue Smith and Suzi Landis. The narration was by Yolanda Rabun. Fourth grade students danced through the binary code, pondered mad scientists, and celebrated the cell phone. They felt the pull of magnetism, and danced their way through the effects of technology from the Age of Enlightenment to our own RTP, and through the radio, computers and artificial intelligence. Alton Tisino wrote two original music pieces in the program, The Artificial Human and Think Big. 

We thank Knightdale Principal Teresa James and Lake Myra Principal Tina Zarzecki for their support of our program and the delightful fourth grade teaching team at each school. Thanks also to the PTA for their support of Arts in Action. 

On behalf of the children we serve, thank you to parents and our guests for attending both performances. Thanks also to our wonderful supporters for making this program possible. 














Photo credits: MaryBeth Carpenter


Congratulations LEAP Team!
Congratulations, LEAP Team!

NC Arts in Action's LEAP team performed at Marbles Kids Museum on Saturday March 4. This group of dancers from schools in Wake, Orange and Durham Counties are Arts in Action's ambassadors for the program. They rehearse on Saturdays and learn more advanced dance technique. Congratulations to our LEAP dancers on their first performance of 2017!


Photo credit: Jennifer Terrazi Scully  


Photo credit: Jennifer Terrazi Scully  


Photo credit: Nancy Largent

NC Arts in Action would like to recognize our parent volunteers for helping make LEAP Team's performance at Marbles Kids Museum a success!

From left to right: 
Raffaela Andreoli, Kim Raper, Chandra Bryant and Niya Montague
  
Photo credit: Jennifer Terrazi Scully  

Congratulations, Millbrook Magnet Elementary!


Congratulations, 

Millbrook Magnet Elementary!

Congratulations to Millbrook Magnet Elementary School and its fourth grade students and team for their stellar performances today in "The Collision: Technology Meets the Arts." 

Today's program was written and directed by Alton Tisino, with musical direction by Doug Largent. Assistant Direction was led by Sue Smith and Suzi Landis. Narration was by Yolanda Rabun as the Robot. Fourth grade students danced through the binary code, felt the pull of magnetism, and pondered the effects of technology from the Age of Enlightenment to mad scientists, and through the radio, cell phones, and artificial intelligence. Alton Tisino wrote two original musical pieces in today's program, "The Artificial Human" and "Think Big".  

On behalf of the children we serve, thank you to parents and our guests for attending both performances. Thanks also to our wonderful supporters for making this program possible. In addition, we thank Principal Dr. Jamee Lynch, Millbrook teachers, and the Millbrook PTA for your unwavering support and boundless energy. 






















Fundraising Update
You helped us meet our match totals.

Thanks to our NC Arts in Action supporters,

Thank you for helping us meet our grant total of $35,000 in individual gifts. We have earned the match from our foundation donor! With over $38,100 raised between November 1 and December 31, NC Arts in Action has met its challenge.

Your contribution to this challenge grant helps us sustain 10 schools in Wake, Orange, Durham and Chatham Counties. On behalf of the children we serve, we extend our deepest appreciation. We wish a happy and healthy New Year to all of you. Thank you for giving our 1,000 children in four counties a Happy New Year!

Congratulations Holt

Congratulations to Holt Elementary Language Academy and its fourth grade students and team for their magnificent performances yesterday in “The Collision: Technology Meets the Arts.” Finishing their sixth year with NC Arts in Action, this year’s program was written and directed by Alton Tisino, with musical direction by Doug Largent. Assistant Direction was by Sue Smith. Donya Jones is Principal of Holt, and Amy Beckett is NC AIA School Liaison. Yolanda Rabun shone as The Robot Narrator.


During their session, students were introduced to the characteristics of dance, the importance of focus, of supporting each other, and the use of choreography to create dances that communicate ideas, feelings and images. They showed the power of dance as they explored the binary code, electromagnetism, cell phone technology and the antics of robots in their final performance.


Thank you to the PNC Foundation for their $25,000 gift to sustain the program at Holt. This project is also supported by gifts from the Durham Arts Council Annual Arts Fund and the N.C. Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources. Oh behalf of the children we serve, thank you to parents and our guests for attending both performances. Thanks also to our wonderful supporters for making this program possible.


Please consider a donation to Arts in Action to help keep our children dancing through four counties!


North Carolina Arts in Action gratefully acknowledges PNC for their generous sponsorship of HOLT Elementary at the $25,000 level.

This project was supported by gifts to the Durham Arts Council Annual Arts Fund and the N.C. Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural & Cultural Resources .





LEAP Begins This Month - Meet Our New Project Manager
NC Arts in Action is pleased to announce the addition of Kim Demery to our staff team! Kim will be the Project Manager for LEAP and will be delighted to meet your children as our LEAP program begins at a new Wake County site this year.

On November 12, NC AIA will hold a recruitment workshop for our Wake County students, followed by a parent orientation meeting for those who are new to the LEAP program. We request our Chapel Hill and Wake County students and parents to be in attendance for the workshop and meeting to be held at Brentwood Boys & Girls Club, 2025 New Hope Church Road, Raleigh, from 10 a.m. - noon. Official LEAP team rehearsals beginning on January 7. Come dance with us and make new friends. Check the LEAP page of this website for the workshop schedule.

Jacques d'Amboise visited North Carolina Arts in Action in September
Jacques d'Amboise visited North Carolina Arts in Action in September with representatives of the National Dance Institute to work with more than 32 classroom teachers, our staff, Board members and school administrators.

Jacques d'Amboise and the National Dance Institute visited the Triangle on September 8th and 9th to offer professional development for classroom teachers and students. The National Dance Institute (NDI) professional development program for classroom teachers at our partner schools aimed to augment the residencies already provided to the students in the NC AIA In-School Program. This workshop offered participants a first-hand experience with NDI's ensemble performance model, guided observation and reflection on the NDI methodology, and the opportunity to explore collaborations between the NC AIA artistic curriculum and the classroom teachers' curriculum (North Carolina Standard Course of Study). Participants also explored the use of the pedagogy for developing collaboration, creativity, communication and critical thinking skills in students, as well as its applications for fostering compassion toward others and supporting positive and safe learning environments. By enhancing the classroom teachers' understanding of NDI's method, artistic curriculum, and creative process, we helped the teachers make methodological connections to their work, thus expanding their own teaching repertory.

Jacques D'Amboise and NDI Team Train Arts in Action

THANK YOU NATIONAL DANCE INSTITUTE, CLASSROOM TEACHERS AND PROGRAM SUPPORTERS FOR TWO DAYS OF CELEBRATION AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

On Thursday, September 8, the NC Arts in Action Family gathered to celebrate acclaimed dancer, arts education advocate and founder of the National Dance Institute (NDI), Jacques D'Amboise. Staff from NDI, NC AIA in-school program supporters, and our alumni group LEAP Team, shared a private evening with Jacques learning about the power of dance, choreography and storytelling.



Earlier that day, special guests, including community leaders and board members, observed NDI's Artistic Director Ellen Weinstein, and Tracy Straus, Associate Artistic Director, teach the NDI award-winning pedagogy at Holt Language Academy in Durham.

 Ellen Weinstein of NDI working with 4th grade students at Holt Language Academy


Tracy Straus of NDI working with 4th grade students at Holt language Academy


Dancers from Ms. Linsenberg's 4th grade class at Holt Language Academy


NC Arts in Action's Artistic Director Alton Tisino's big jump
 
Photo credits: MaryBeth Carpenter


On Friday, September 9, Wakelon Elementary in Eastern Wake County hosted NDI staff, including Ellen Weinstein, Tracy Straus, and Senior Director of Education & Outreach, Aileen Barry, who offered professional development for classroom teachers from eight school-partners across four counties.
 
This workshop offered participants a first-hand experience with NDI's ensemble performance model, guided observation and reflection on the NDI methodology, and the opportunity to explore collaborations between the NC AIA artistic curriculum and the classroom teachers' curriculum (North Carolina Standard Course of Study). Participants also explored the use of the pedagogy for developing collaboration, creativity, communication and critical thinking skills in students, as well as its applications for fostering compassion toward others and supporting positive and safe learning environments.

Click below to watch a snippet of the teachers' work with NDI.



NC Arts in Action would like to thank Castle Worldwide and Wakelon Elementary School for hosting our two-day events, as well as the fourth grade students from Holt Language Academy Elementary for their wonderful participation.




2016-17 Theme: Technology Meets the Arts
For the 2016-17 school year, over 900 children participating in NC AIA's in-school programs will be introduced to the power of curiosity, creativity, critical thinking, and collaboration. This year's theme Technology Meets the Arts celebrates the advancements of modern technology and the role it plays in our daily lives. Through dance, music, and visual art, students will explore the evolving relevance of technology as a means of communication, connection, and productivity in today's society. In addition, the NC AIA artistic staff will work in collaboration with teachers and administration throughout the Triangle with the goal of developing a curriculum that reinforces concepts relevant to the students' science studies.

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NC Arts in Action at Your School!
Are you interested in bringing NC Arts in Action to your school? Contact Executive Director Marlon Torres at 919-619-0483 to find out how!

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