MAKING IT: IN MV SCHOOLS
A dance-making and movement problem-solving initiative in the schools and across island generations and cultures!
MAKING IT educators from The Yard are currently teaching at the Chilmark School, Bridge Program at the Edgartown School, Chilmark After-School program, and the Chilmark Preschool.
Flor de Toloache
April 24th-30th, 2018
March 8th, 2018
The Wondertwins presented a lecture demonstration at the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School, providing students to connect with the dancers in an informal, intimate setting.
January 23rd-26th, 2018
Lecture Demonstration and Masterclasses
Herve Koubi presented a lecture demonstration version of their piece "What the Day Owes the Night" designed specifically for in-school audiences at the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School. The company also presented two dance workshops for 7th and 8th grade students at the West Tisbury School.
January 16th-21st, 2018
Sandglass theater worked for a week with students from the Martha’s Vineyard Public Charter School to create and develop narrative stories through puppets that students built themselves.
Will Brown and Brandon Ilaw
December 18th - 21st, 2017
Will Brown and Brandon Ilaw taught masterclasses at the Martha’s Vineyard Charter School, Chilmark School, Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School, West Tisbury Library, and the West Tisbury 7th and 8th grade classes during their residency.
HT Chen & Dancers
Chen Dance Center worked with the Chilmark School students to create a movement piece inspired and influenced by their course material surrounding early Chinese Settlers in America.
The residency culminated in a formal evening performance at The Yard where students performed alongside professional company members in an evening of work that kicked-off The Yard's summer season.
Stefanie Batten Bland
Stefanie Batten Bland and Company worked with island schools in classroom settings to create, explore movement patterns, and learn about environmental responsibility through dance.
Company SBB also spent time with island community members exploring and researching the African American Heritage Trail, and working with the intergenerational improvisational dance group What's Written Within.
Godfrey Muwulya, dance educator, was on island for four amazing and creative weeks. He worked extensively with The Charter School's 5th and 6th grade classroom, syncing his teaching with a social studies unit on Africa. The children learned three traditional African dances from Uganda and Rwanda, had discussions about Ugandan culture, constructed traditional raffia skirts, and performed for the entire school and their parents! While on island, Godfrey also taught one day workshops for The Edgartown School and Bridge Program, Chilmark School, Home Schools, and Oak Bluffs School.
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MAKING IT is The Yard’s dance-making curriculum and creativity initiative with programs for all ages across the island in various locations. MAKING IT is a model that uses dance as an outlet to connect curricular themes, build collaborations, spark creativity, and support critical thinking. The Yard is committed to the success of MAKING IT and has pledged to absorb 100% of the program's cost. MAKING IT is currently supported by The Doris Duke Charitable Fund, Barr Foundation, The Tower Family Fund, Permanent Endowment of Martha's Vineyard, and The Martha's Vineyard Savings Bank.