American Dance Legacy Initiative (ADLI) Rep Etudes Program

Teacher: Michelle Smith, dance

School: Brooklyn High School of the Arts

Project Goal(s): Through American Dance Legacy Initiative (ADLI) and their Repertory Etudes project, dancers are introduced to master American modern dance choreographer’s styles of dance, their process for creating works and are provided insight into the rich history of modern dance in this country.

Description of Activities

The teaching artist teaches 9 workshops during the first two weeks of January 2017. ADLI sends teaching materials in late November and teacher introduces both of the RepEtudes to the students in December prior to teaching artist's arrival. Teacher teaches the selected material from the RepEtudes based on the teaching materials. In January, teaching artist arrives and teaches the etudes in their entirety. She stages the works and delves deeply into the history and goals of the ADLI.

The intention is for students to grasp an understanding of the importance of preserving dance history through participating in this program. They invest energy in learning the work and performing it on stage at school and at the annual senior dance concert in the spring.

ETA funds were used for the residency fees and materials.

Arts Partner(s)

American Dance Legacy Initiative