June 13, 2012
Mary Lane graciously agreed to serve as a guest artist for a summer dance program I organized in the Alhambra School District in Phoenix. She taught and facilitated a community dance based Jazz class for a class of about 30 students most with limited prior dance training ranging in ages from 6 to 14. The class was well structured and engaging. The students participated in creative movement games that got them moving and helped build a sense of community by reenforcing each others names through the use of the gesture name game tool. The students then went through a fun simple and yet rigorous warm up that emphasized fitness and fun. She is very knowledgeable on the subject of dance in general and particularly the style she was teaching. She directed the class well and passes on some fundamental knowledge of this particular style of dance. She taught a combination all the kids could learn and enjoy and facilitated a show and tell like performance among the students in the class to boost that sense of community. Parents, schools staff and students alike really enjoyed her class and commented to me after how well they thought the experience went. I am grateful to DAHT for providing this service for our program.
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