about making it

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.  

 
 

A YEAR WITH MAKING IT

MAKING IT is a unique program in its breadth and reach. Here are examples of the ways MAKING IT enriched the local Martha’s Vineyard community over the course of 2017.

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JANUARY

10-week after school dance program for Chilmark School.

Collaboration with The Martha's Vineyard Museum and MV Public Charter School's 3rd Grade: Yard Artist Educators facilitate a dance storytelling of the historic island event, Grey's Raid.

Photo by Sally Cohn

 

FEBRUARY

Weekly dance class for Edgartown School Bridge Program, serving children on the autistic spectrum and differently-abled bodies, 4th year running.

Weekly movement class with residents of Windemere Nursing and Rehabilitation Center at the MV Hospital.

Photo by Sally Cohn

 
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MARCH

Dance and Science: Yard Artist Educators teach science units through creative dance.

Visiting Artist Residency with H.T. Chen and Dancers: NYC-based Chinese contemporary dance company works with 5th grade students on a curricular unit about building the transcontinental railroad in America.

Photo by Sally Cohn

 

APRIL

Dance and Physical Education: Yard Artist Educators take over gym at the Tisbury School for 2nd through 5th grades and at the MV Regional High School.

Visiting Artist Residency with Godfrey Muwulya: Returning to the island for a 4th time, Godfrey teaches East African dance and song in island schools, senior centers, and libraries.

Photo by Sally Cohn



 
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MAY

H.T. Chen and Dancers return: Week 2 of this visiting artist residency culminates in a sold out, one-night-only performce at The Yard's theater in which Chilmark School students are joined on stage by H.T. Chen and Dancers.

Photo by Sally Cohn

 

JUNE

Adult Community Dance Classes: Morning movement classes in The Yard's open-air Barn Studio for all ages and dance abilities.

Collaboration between DanceTheYard and The Trustees of Reservations: The Yard's internal dance company, DanceTheYard, organizes annual site-specific performance in Mytoi Gardens on Chappaquidick.

Photo by Sally Cohn

 
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JULY

KidsDoDance!: The Yard's annual 5-week creative dance and choreography program for ages 6-11, directed by Deborah Damast.

Award-winning puppeteer Bonnie Duncan performs as part of The Yard's family-friendly, pay-what-you-can QUALITY TIME! series.

Photo by Stacey Rupolo

 

AUGUST

Woods Hole Public Library Artist Talks with Guggenheim Fellowship recipient Raphael Xavier and co-directors of Ragamala Dance Company, Aparna and Ranee Ramaswamy.

Visiting Artist Residency with Naomi Goldberg Haas: Director of NYC-based Dances for a Variable Population, Naomi teaches adult and senior groups at The Yard and local senior centers.

Photo by Ed Bock

 
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SEPTEMBER

DanceTheYard collaborates with Woods Hole Research Center: DTY pairs with WHRC Artist in Residence Heather Clark to create a site-specific performance addressing climate change. The piece is performed on an oil barge 100 feet off the coast of Woods Hole harbor.

Photo by Sally Cohn

 
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OCTOBER

Weekly dance classes for preschool students at Garden Gate Child Development Center and at the YMCA of Martha's Vineyard.

Photo by Stacey Rupolo

 
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NOVEMBER

Weekly dance class for island seniors through the Supportive Day Care Program, as well as classes for all grades at the Chilmark School.

Photo by Sally Cohn

 

DECEMBER

Visiting Artist Residency with Will Brown and Brandon Ilaw, who teach Capoeria masterclasses for students and adults.

Photo by Brandon Ilaw

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.