Free Public Schools Lecture Demonstrations
In collaboration with 10 Brooklyn public schools, MCGD brings lecture demonstrations of MCG Dance Technique and repertoire to students all across Brooklyn. The program was created by Marie-Christine Giordano and Outreach Program Coordinator Mariah Halkett, and is implemented by Giordano and associate company dancers.
This program was developed and based on the fact that we strongly believe that dance is a much-needed expressive, transformative, healing, and unifying art form. We present thoughtful and moving pieces that explore core values of the dignity of all form of life. We use dance and movement forms to convey positive messages of hope, accomplishment, inclusiveness, and community that go well beyond language and cultural differences. We aim at educating young people about the role of dance as an art form as well as inspire them through a unique experience that they would otherwise not have access to.
At each school, Giordano and company dancers visit during a 60-minute all school assembly; therefore all students enrolled can be in attendance. The dancers of MCGD take their love of dance and technical proficiency to the schools with the intention of making a lasting impression on the students. First, Giordano introduces the company and provides background information about what they are about to experience. We then present a 20-minute excerpt of MCGD repertoire. After the movement, Giordano, dancers, and school coordinator in attendance lead a 40-minute Q&A interactive session in which we give a context to the work, take questions, provide answers, and discuss the creative process and dance as a means of expression with the students. Included in the discussion is a description of what Modern Dance, Contemporary Dance, and abstract movement is as well as the emotions conveyed through movement.
This program aims at fusing together the company’s professional excellence with dance education that provides life-changing impacts on youth. Each presentation supports MCGD's educational values and the belief that active participation in the arts can fuel creativity, confidence, problem solving, perseverance, focus, non-verbal communication, connection to a group, and dedication.
December 21, 2018 at 3PM. Location P.S. 142 Amalia Castro School, Lower East Side
January 24, 2019 at 1:20PM. Location: P.S. 221 Toussaint L'Ouverture is a NYC District school located at 791 Empire Boulevard, Brooklyn, NY, 11213. It serves Grades: PK,0K,01,02,03,04,05,SE.
March 12, 2019, 12:30PM to 1:30PM. Location: Madiba Prep Middle School, 1014 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn, NY11221
April 16, 2019, 9:30AM to 10:30AM. Location: P.S. 133, Brooklyn
May 3, 2019, 2:40PM to 3:40PM. Location: P.S. 64, 600 East 6th Street, NY 10009
June 5, 2019, 4PM to 5PM. Location: P.S. 140, The Nathan Straus Preparatory School, 123 Ridge Street, Manhattan NY10002
More dates TBA, PS 25, Brooklyn, Eubie Blake School, District 16
This Program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in Partnership with the City Council
P.S. 142 in Lower Manhattan, December 15, 2017 at 4PM. Madiba Prep Middle School, 1014 Lafayette Ave, Brooklyn, December 19, 2017
P.S. 142 in Lower Manhattan, February 17, 2017. M.S. 442 in Brooklyn, March 22, 2017. M.S. 57 in Brooklyn, April 25, 2017. P.S. 133 in Brooklyn, May 5, 2017 (2nd - 5th graders). P.S. 133 in Brooklyn, May 5 2017 (Kindergarten- 1st grade