Robert Asp Elementary School first- and second-grade students in Mrs. Knorrâ€™s, Mrs. Thielâ€™s, Mrs. Schaferâ€™s and Mrs. Andersonâ€™s classes participated in a dance residency with guest artist Sarah Jacobs Oct. 19-23.
The students presented a Dance Informance on Oct. 22 to share with their families and friends what they learned from the dance residency. The students learned through movement, including moving and connecting words, verbs, metaphors and emotion with the book â€œStellaluna.â€
During the weeklong residency, Jacobs led students through exercises such as brain dance and using their bodies to make sculptures of letters. Then she had students identify verbs in â€œStellalunaâ€ and the movements for the words, and create tableaus or scenes from the book.
Incorporating dance in the elementary curriculum was one goal of the Comprehensive Arts Planning Program committee. The residency was funded through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board.