A performance by Full Radius Dance is a meaningful way to get students of all ages involved in confronting and discussing physical obstacles and/or negative beliefs about self-image and identity. And it’s very entertaining to watch!
For the 2012/2013 school year, the company will be presenting "The Legend of the Dragon". In ancient China, the different tribes lived under the protection of benevolent spirits that took the form of animals--fish, ox, bird, horse, and serpent. But, as often happens, the tribes grew envious of each other and began to fight amongst themselves in the names of their spirits. The children decided to declare a war on war by creating a creature that combined the best of all the spirits and would protect all the people. To this day, the dragon is a symbol of peace and plays an especially important role in the celebration of the Chinese New Year. Through dance, the program provides a timely message of cooperation and empowerment.
The performance can be followed by a short question and answer session between the artists of Full Radius Dance and the students, faculty and staff. This program is recommended for K through 5, but is adaptable for all grade levels. For older students, Full Radius Dance adds age and content appropriate selections from its extensive repertoire.
Full Radius Dance also offers movement workshops and residencies in support of the lecture demonstration. Younger students are led through creation of movement inspired by Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony, all the while learning the importance of individual creativity, respect for all abilities, and teamwork. Older students create personal movement influenced by a stanza from Walt Whitman’s "Leaves of Grass" and learn to weave their movement with classmates in the creation of an original dance work.