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Flight of the Imagination
The powerful influences of the world cultures have had a great effect on California today – especially in dance, art and music. Nannette Brodie Dance Theatre, with their colorful costumes, stories and delightful music, transports the audience around our global world of dance. Experience the images of the creatures of the rainforest of “Totemma”, the tribal life of the nomads in “Caravan” and the comic characters of “Auction” in the United States. Audiences will participate along with the company in basic moves and steps as well as ask questions of the dancers at the close of the program. Schools will receive a study guide to prepare children prior to viewing the performance that includes follow-up movement activities. This 45-minute performance combines geography, history, arts and culture to enhance school curriculum. The company performs this show to thousands of students throughout the school year.
After-School Outreach Programs
Our after-school outreach program brings company members and company teachers to community centers to provides dance classes on a weekly basis, free of charge. These programs are funded by grants and in-kind donations.
Art for Social Justice
This program discusses how art can be a social commentary on world or personal issues. The theme ties dance with the other arts such as writing, painting, film and music. Students are encouraged to express their own social issues through movement. This theme is demonstrated through our 22-minute work called Émigré. This work was created from personal stories, imagery, news and research about immigrants. The audience would see the work broken down into small sections where the movement gestures would be explained and then shown in the context of the dance. The program concludes with a discussion, which may include additional speakers from the social sciences. This program can be adapted to fit adult audiences as well as youth audiences. The California Council for Humanities funded this project and it has been viewed in the United States, Mexico and Europe.
High School Lecture/Demonstrations
This program introduces the procedures of a professional dance company. It describes the training of the dancers and how they prepare for performance. From the point of view of the choreographer, the audience sees the development of a dance from an idea to a movement phrase to a completed dance. The Creative Process in dance is then compared to the creative process of other art forms. This performance is suitable for an assembly about careers in the arts.
Master Classes and Workshops
In the following dance forms: Creative Movement, Composition, Improvisation, Modern Dance Technique, Ballet, Jazz, Latin Jazz, Salsa, Dance Fitness, Tap and Musical Theatre.
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