The Performance Project extends the concept of Dance in Schools and Communities (DISC) by introducing students to the art of performing. Through the act of presenting students learn choreographic principals, develop performing skills, and begin to understand the communicative potential of dance movement. Using the body as an instrument of expression, dance students learn problem solving and group skills necessary to creating dance composition.
Select students of the DISC Residency Program are invited to participate in this fun and exciting project allowing them to extend and deepen their experience in dance. Participants are nurtured in a safe and supportive environment by professional artist educators from the CDE's specially trained staff. Following multiple rehearsal sessions, the experience culminates in public performances at participants' schools and at various venues throughout San Francisco. The Performance Project builds self-esteem in participants providing an opportunity for personal discovery, and allows them to share what they have learned with others. This program is free of charge to all students and audiences.
SF Ballet outreach students presented at Young at Art Festival at the de Young Museum in Golden Gate Park
The San Francisco Ballet Center for Dance Education (CDE) proudly presented The 2010 Performance Project, Cultural Connections Through Dance, featuring 100 students from the San Francisco Unified School District. Participating schools include Harvey Milk Civil Rights Academy, New Traditions Alternative, Redding Elementary & Rosa Parks Elementary. Teaching artists from the CDE worked with select groups of students for approximately 16 weeks on a performance composition for presentation at the Young at Art Festival. Ranging from Country Western to West African Dance; each group worked very hard to produce a spectacular show. The Performance Project builds self-esteem in participants by providing an opportunity for personal growth and creative discovery. This program was free of charge to all students and audiences.
The performance took place on Saturday, May 8, 2010, from 12:30– 1:30pm in the Koret Theater at the de Young Museum.