Youth Programs

Find Out About Our Youth Programs: Dance Education

Jefferson Houston PreK – 8 School
Weekly workshop for Grades 1 – 3, 2:55 – 3:55 pm
January 17 – March 7, 2017
March 28 – May 30, 2017

Carlin Springs Elementary School
Weekly workshop for Grades 1 – 3, 2:45 – 4:15 pm
January 25 – March 29, 2017 and
Apr 26 – May 24, 2017

Virginia Commission for the Arts – Teaching Artist Roster

Performances are appropriate for birthday celebrations and for in-school performances.

The Migration Project
The Migration Project explores relocation dating back from multiple generations or more recently, and the ‘pull’ to find better opportunity or the ‘push’ to leave because of no choice.
Oral histories by 15 community members of all ages are layered with sound and movement.  Three large fabric panels by visual artist Dawn Whitmore illustrate city, rural, and the landscape of transition.

The Migration Project Education Guide


Mouse in House
This work for children, adapted from the book by Elizabeth Spires, is about a mouse who forms a friendship with reclusive 19th-century poet Emily Dickinson. The mouse’s life changes forever when a gust of wind blows one of Emily’s poems her way. Moved by Emily’s evocative words that capture her own feelings, the mouse becomes determined to be a poet herself.

The Mouse in House Education Guide

Mouse in House





drawing by Cynthia Jabar

The Big Meow
The Big Meow, adapted from the book by Elizabeth Spiresis the story of an ever-hopeful fluffball who desperately wants to belong to the band of neighborhood cats, but is ostracized for a “loud as a lion’s roar” meow.  The Big Meow is a story of hope, disappointment, courage and the need for belonging.  These simple themes are part of every neighborhood, but in this wonderful tale told through the experiences of  Little Cat, a potential weakness is a unique strength.

The Big Meow Education Guide

The Big Meow





Paul Gillis Photography

Penelope’s  Pen
This movement theatre production for the young at heart is inspired by Frank Dormer’s,”The Obstinate Pen.” Children will love this lighthearted 30-minute performance, which follows Penny, Aunt Pearl, and young Penelope on a silly and enlightening adventure.  A pen with a mind of its own releases a great streak of imagination in those who surround it.

Penelope’s Pen




 Penelope’s Pen Education Guide


Contact janefranklindance at or 703-933-1111 for information about birthdays and group rates.

Funding Available for in school  performances through the Virginia Commission for the Arts Touring Directory and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Paul Mellon Arts in Education Program.