A track for pre-service teachers and for those who would like to learn or review how to incorporate drama and dance.

10:00-11:15 am

Creating a Drama Playground: Virtual Programming for Children and Teachers

Workshop Description: Over the course of the summer our theatre company has been creating virtual resources that we hoped would be simple and effective for educators to use in their classrooms. We have crafted a short series of virtual drama lessons called Drama Playground for children in Grades 1-3 that can be used both in a virtual classroom and an in-person distanced classroom setting. We also created a virtual play called "HBD2Me" or "Happy Birthday To Me" about four friends in grade six who haven’t been together for a
while because of the pandemic and reconnect at a virtual birthday party. In this workshop, we will discuss tactics for adapting drama to both a virtual and distanced classroom, share the process behind creating a virtual performance space, and address concerns/inquiries about overcoming the challenges a virtual platform might present.

Elizabeth Pereira (she/her) is an artist educator and performer based in the Niagara region, and she is the Arts Education Coordinator at Carousel Players, an award-winning professional theatre company for young audiences. She graduated from Brock University with a Bachelor's degree in Dramatic Arts and English, has been working with Carousel Players since 2014 in varying roles, and has educated children in dramatic arts from ages 2.5-14. She has a passion for using the arts as an educational tool.

11:25am-12:40 pm

Using Drama to Build the Global Competencies Across Disciplines

Workshop Description: In this session, participants will examine drama conventions and strategies that can be used to build each of the 5 Global Competencies: Critical Thinking and Problem Solving, Global Citizenship and Character, Communication, Collaboration and Leadership, Creativity, Inquiry and Entrepreneurship, across disciplines. Examples from Literacy, Social Studies, Science and Math in the elementary panel will be explored.

Claire Holland is currently seconded to the Faculty of Education at York University where she teaches courses in Literacy, Drama and Pedagogy. She has written and workshopped a number of teacher resources  around the global competencies, inquiry, integrated arts and critical literacy. In her 20+ years with the TDSB, she held roles as classroom teacher, Arts Prep provider and Literacy Coach. Claire has co-written and directed a number of plays for young audiences, developed and directed a research informed work entitled Rattled and edited and contributed to a collection of short stories called There’s Going to be Trouble published by Life Rattle Press.

1:20-2:35 pm

I like to Move It! : Cultivating movement experiences for everyBODY

Workshop Description:  Learn how to engineer an inquiry-based multimodal dance curriculum known as the Movement Experience! Accessible and engaging methodologies where we all move to learn as we learn to move. A “back to basics” offering for teachers beginning their careers.  A mix of child development theory and best practice in stewarding creative movement for students of all levels/ages...including ourselves!

Modalities include spoken word, affirmation cards, tableaux, picture books, young adult fiction and energizing music playlists.  Workshop will showcase Alan’s signature dance fusion modality of dance animation.  Participants will also obtain a handful of “Monday Ready” resources!

The pillars of the Movement Experience include:
•    Physical Literacy cultivation
•    Nurturing healthy sense of self and self-esteem
•    Sense of commUNITY and belonging

Workshop will also cover how pedagogy and teaching practices can be grief and trauma informed.  Online learning has radically changed (and continues to change) how we teach, how we learn and how our bodies move.  We will explore methods in authentically engaging learners to be socially connected while being physically distanced.

Join the movement experience! Did we mention there will be dancing?

Alan Dean Faigal (he/him) Diploma ECE (Sheridan College), BA (Ryerson), MA (OISE), Community Dance Animator for Culture Shock Canada
Alan Faigal is an educator and community animator who teaches for Ryerson University's Early Childhood Studies Program. Pedagogy centers on family support, holistic practices and social justice. His mentorship of practicum students includes the cultivation of self and innovation.
Alan is also movement animator for Culture Shock Canada, in that role he has designed and implemented community dance programs for ages 2.5 to 18 and active agers all across Southern Ontario. He has designed and delivered various professional development workshops for a wide range of educators and interdisciplinary fields. Alan has been a movement specialist in the fitness/wellness industry for over 22 years. As a canfitpro PRO trainer, he taught and certified group fitness instructors. He also sits on the board for Dance Ontario and serves as Secretary.
Alan’s dance education has been in Hip Hop, street/club inspired genres and Bollywood. Dance floors and academic lecture halls are avenues for his dynamic teaching methods.


Movement with Trees

Workshop Description: This workshop uses dance and movement ideas as an opportunity to listen to the trees as our teachers--an invitation to feel our bodies as a sentient moving part of our natural world. Julia Aplin will lead you to explore some simple adaptable strategies, games and guided explorations that capitalize on the mental health and physical well-being of movement and the natural world. Full of energizing fun and connection.

Julia has been studying, practicing  and teaching movement for over 40 years. She has an intense curiosity about the human body in motion and draws on a variety of tools and techniques in her current practice.
Julia is a collaborative interdisciplinary artist with a foundation in movement and dance. She has created created work with musicians, visual artists, designers, actors, neuroscientists, film makers, media artists, computer scientists, writers, gamers, and poets in places such as rivers, boxing rings, gardens, labs, theatres, fields, porches, kiddie pools, cyberspace and forests.
She currently teaches at the Centre for Indigenous Theatre, University of Toronto, Moonhorse Dance Theatre, Swansea School of Dance and through her private practice.
She continues to explore life through her artistic collaborations and her teaching and healing work.

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