BRINGING THE LANGUAGE OF DANCE TO ElEMENTARY STUDENTS
Our in-school adaptations of classic story ballets provide unique opportunities to see professional dancers up close and in person. A compelling introduction to the language of ballet through a combination of storytelling, audience participation and professional dance these performances create a memorable experience that will inspire students.
For the 2023-2024 school year, Richmond Ballet offers Swan Lake. Students will be enchanted by the story of Odette, the beautiful maiden who is transformed into a swan by a sorcerer, and Odile, her evil counterpart. Incorporating humor and audience engagement, the Jester narrates this story of magic, mystery, and the power of true love.
Theme, main ideas, plot, setting and characters are readily accessible as an experience that can enrich classroom learning. The narrator works directly with the audience modeling and encouraging positive communication skills while including them in the captivating story. Swan Lake is a fun-filled 45 minutes that will inspire students through the transformative power of dance.
A Teacher’s Guide: Extending The Experience
Richmond Ballet provides a Teacher’s Guide that includes student activities to do before and after the performance. In addition to a synopsis of the story, the guide offers suggested lessons that tie in with curriculum and Virginia SOL objectives, extending the performance experience into the classroom. Teachers can be as creative and in-depth as they wish.