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Pones: Laboratory of Movement

Dancing through the Ages

Curriculum: Dance, Social Studies, Visual Art

While Dancing through the Ages students will explore various styles of recreational, cultural, and social dance from 1920s swing, 1950s sock hop, 1970s disco, and 1990s hip hop. Students also create a visual art project timeline, while learning about the events of the Time periods they are discussing (ranging from women’s suffrage or the premiere of Star Wars).


Dancing through the Ages will help students:

  • Discover a fun way to stay healthy
  • Communicate with others
  • Express themselves
  • Learn about historical events in a new and fun way
  • Build confidence and a positive body image

This workshop can be a survey of different dance styles or focus on any time period or ideas. Please let us know preference when ordering the program.


Example: Students will start out the class learning about the decade (i.e.- 1920: Women Granted the Right to Vote in U.S, 1924: First Olympic Winter Games, 1927: Babe Ruth makes Home Run Record,1928: Bubble gum, sliced bread and penicillin invented, 1929:The Great Depression.) They will create a visual timeline of pictures and their own drawings and also explore the style and culture of the time period (i.e.- a) the origins of the dance are obscure, the dance has been traced back to African Americans who lived on an island off the coast of Charleston, South Carolina (which is why the dance is called "Charleston"), b) women wore flapper Dresses (women short hair and skirts) = considered a symbol of freedom and rebellion, c) the dance style was considered scandalous at the time (see if they can figure out why and again, ask what dances are considered scandalous today?), d) it was performed to live ragtime jazz, often in clubs. Then the students would start to learn Charleston choreography.


Recommended Ages: Grades 4-10, Adults

Maximum Audience: 30

Length: 60 minutes

Cost: $85 per workshop

Max #Sessions per Day: 3