Last week my son turned in an essay about peak performance for his English class. He’s currently studying Sports Medicine and plans on training extreme
Well….This week the second graders asked me… “Why was he King Louise the 13th?”. We then talked about the fact that Louise the 12th and Louise the 14th may not have been all that on the dance floor. So – we do attribute much of BALLET HISTORY to King Louise the 13th.
The teachers at Edison Elementary School in Ashland, Ohio go all in for Halloween! This story provided a wonderful tie-in for MOVEMENT MOMENTS. The best dance element was SHAPE – SIZES!
This week my second graders are learning about the scientific method. We’re excited to add Science in Motion by Lisa Amstutz (an Ohio author) to our lesson. We’ve agreed on identifying dancers working with body parts in high, medium, and low space. We’ve added circular and angular movements. The class can observe and talk about their observations.
I envision a time when providers of healthcare, clinical therapists, and patients will include movement plans, art therapies, and expressive therapies in their plan of actions. As this is still such a challenge in terms of being billable, I believe that individual and group expressive arts facilitated programs will partner with clinicians and host opportunities for hurting people to find the steps to their dances.
Inspired by Julie Robertson and Crystal Pite, Kimberly remembers Jimmy Landry telling, with touching frankness, what inspired his invention of the ‘bullet grabber,’ a magnet that attracts and destroys guns and bombs: people being badly hurt by war”.