In Spring 2021, Marin Ballet launched its new Dance Education Partnership program. The transition to online learning during the pandemic created a need for innovative ways to connect with community. Marin Ballet developed the Dance Education Partnership program to fill the need for physical activity, socialization, and fun for all.
Our Dance Education Partnership program offers cross-cultural dance education for grades K-8. Students explore movement vocabularies, choreograph with peers, and explore movement-based games designed to integrate math, science, history, and language arts. Programming is free for the schools and is taught by Marin Ballet faculty Casey Lee Thorne. Marin Ballet has served 415 students since the program’s inception.
Educators know that the arts are critical to academic excellence by fostering creativity, problem-solving, and cognitive focus. Barbara Snekkevik, Principal of the Nicasio School, endorsed the program, saying, “I hope we can continue with this program. It has been such an amazing opportunity for our kids (many of whom would not otherwise ever consider taking or have access to dance).”
On May 14th, students K-5 at Coleman Elementary will share an informal dance performance at the Coleman Elementary Festival. Similarly, students K-8 at the Nicasio School will perform on June 3rd. We are so proud of the students and look forward to sharing clips of the performances soon!