Public School OUTREACH PROGRAMS
Public School 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 company dancers.
This lecture demonstration program was developed based on the principal that the company strongly believes that dance is a much-needed expressive, transformative, healing, and unifying art form. We present thoughtful and moving pieces that explore the complex landscape of the human heart. 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 and history 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 50-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 and 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 30-minute Q&A 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 strives to fuse 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.
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)