All Grade Levels, Performing Arts Youth Education Program, Lots of teaching experience in Elementary classrooms
Arts & Above is a not-for-profit, interdisciplinary arts organization based in Missoula, Montana.
Our mission is to bring the arts to people of all backgrounds in Missoula, and greater Montana. We present and produce professional artistic works, and we educate communities about the performing arts. We believe that the arts are a vehicle for inquisition, thought, and expression, and that youth in particular benefit from direct exposure to the creative and physical processes of art making. Our Youth Education Program accommodates students in public schools, private schools, and homeschooling situations through opportunities to work with professional performing artists. We currently offer Lecture Demonstrations, Residencies, and Summer Camps.
BIO // In addition to their extensive artistic experience, Kate and Bruno have performed and taught thousands of elementary students in both urban and rural settings across the United States; working with the CityDance DREAM Program, D.A.R.E. Dance, Young Audiences, and Class Acts Arts to name a few. Passionate about inspiring and nurturing young minds, they now bring their experiences to Arts & Above. Both Kate and Bruno hold Masters of Fine Arts degrees in Dance Performance and Choreography. Bruno is also fluent in Spanish and Portuguese.
PROGRAMS & RESIDENCY DESCRIPTION //
Where the Wild Things Move
A Residency with Kate Jordan and Bruno Augusto of Arts & Above
This in-school time residency exposes students to creative practices and physical training through the use of props.
The students will start with a dance based warm-up that utilizes colorful plastic milk crates. This warm-up is intended to build physical strength, agility, coordination and spacial awareness.
They will then engage in small group movement assignments with the props, intended to build teamwork and problem solving skills. For example, students may be prompted to use the crates as obstacles in a jungle to navigate through, or treat them as memories of people that are important in their lives.
The residency will culminate with an informal presentation by the students, showcasing the result of their explorations. This is an opportunity for them to tell their stories, develop their individuality, and become comfortable in front of a peer audience.