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
Carlin Springs Elementary School
Weekly workshop for Grades 1 – 3, 2:45 – 4:15 pm
January 25 – March 29, 2017 and
Apr 24 – May 26, 2017
Family friendly performances are appropriate for birthday celebrations and for in-school performances.
The Migration Project
The Migration Project explores stories of relocation. Whether it is a family history dating back from multiple generations, or a recent relocation, something is shared through 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 music and embodied with movement. Three large fabric panels by visual artist Dawn Whitmore illustrate different landscapes: city, rural, and the landscape of transition. The goal is to inspire communication, to appreciate and value the diversity of American culture.
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 Big Meow
The Big Meow is family-friendly performance inspired by the book by Elizabeth Spires. It is 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.
This new dance and 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 that has a mind of its own comes alive, releasing a great streak of imagination in those who surround it.
Contact janefranklindance at gmail.com 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.