• Broadway Exploration

    Program Description
  • The Broadway Exploration Program is a valuable addition to any public or private elementary school location. This unique Performing Arts Program was inspired by the ‘Dance to Learn!’® Curriculum’s 5 Methods of Education which are designed to teach the whole child at all stages of their development. Broadway Exploration Program classes build critical and creative thinking skills, enhance creative expression and introduce social-emotional skills such as patience, waiting turns and sharing.  The Broadway Exploration Program includes an AcceptDANCE™ Policy which encourages healthy relationships among participants. Goals and outcomes of the Broadway Exploration Program align with state and national standards for Performing Arts Education as well as align with Common Core Standards for Grades 1-5. 

    Classes are structured for success! The Broadway Exploration Class Flow is choreographed to follow the natural progressions of a child’s creative and learning abilities to ensure mastery of class objectives and performing arts studies. Broadway Exploration classes brighten a child’s school day by waking the brain and body up with lively, and educational themes and studies. Class is led by a passionate and Certified ‘Dance to Learn!’® Performing Arts Educator  who cares about nurturing the success of each student at every turn.

    The learning does not stop in the classroom. The ‘Dance to Learn!’® Family Engagement™ is included in all classes. It stresses the important role parents and caregivers play in the academic success of their children.  

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  • Broadway Exploration Details

    • Program Grades:
      1-6
    • Class Length:
      90 Minutes
    • Student to Teacher Ratio:
      1:15
  • Broadway Exploration Program Objectives

    Objective 1: Gross Motor Development

    Students participating in the Broadway Exploration program will learn simple movement skills required for performing in comedic acting, broadway dance or puppeteering. Students will also learn stage directions including upstage, downstage, stage right and stage left and how to move throughout the stage.

    Objective 2: Create

    Students should be able to create theatrical works through character development, scenes and scenarios, improvisation, purposeful movement and research.

    Objective 3: Cognitive Development

    Students should understand and appreciate theatre history and influencers of theatre throughout the eras.
    Students will understand the dramatic structure of a story or a play and how to incorporate that structure into a theatrical production.
    Students will know and understand the basic elements of Theatre and Drama
    Broadway Exploration students will learn script analysis to accurately portray a character and tell the story.
    Students will learn to develop a framework for making informed theatrical choices.
    Broadway Exploration students will experience theatrical productions from the perspectives of both a performer as well as an audience member. Therefore students at the end of a session should be able to compare and contrast the different roles and successfully explain the importance of each role as it pertains to theatre.

    Objective 4: Genre

    Broadway Exploration students will learn multiple styles of drama and theatre, therefore students should be able to recognize the different genres portrayed and compare and contrast the genres.

    Objective 5: Social and Emotional Development

    Students will learn theatre etiquette as well as how to appropriate actions and behaviors when interacting with the audience, self, venue technicians and performers. Students will learn how to perform in both individual or small group scenes as well as with an ensemble. Students will learn to work as a team to portray multiple parts of a play or musical.

    Objective 6: Performance

    Students will learn multiple ways to perform theatrical and dramatic productions including plays, musicals, puppeteering, monologues, improvisation, design, dancing or purposeful movement and ensemble work. Students will be able to compare and contrast the multiple types of performance.

    Objective 7: Social Development

    Students should be able to work in small groups. Since many of classes in Broadway Exploration is focused on student creation rather than performing an existing play, team work is imperative. Students should display tolerance for their peers and be able to clearly communicate how each classmate brings a unique flair and talent to the group.

    Objective 8: Creative Development

    Students should actively participate in student created scripts, movement or design. Students should be able to contribute their ideas and have an understanding in the creative processes of theatrical and dramatic play.

    Objective 9: Class Flow

    Students should understand the class flow of the Broadway Exploration classes as well as the creative process of creating a theatrical work. Students will also be able to understand the different parts of producing a theatrical play including the flow of events from audition, to rehearsal to production.

  • Broadway Exploration Program Components

    Audition

    Broadway Exploration classes include a standard audition process where students are challenged to perform short snippets of monologues, musical songs, and a dance call. Students will be cast in accordance to their skill set and age.

    History/Terminology Studies

    Broadway Exploration classes include a history or terminology study. These studies can include famous influencers in musical theater, play writes or famous actors and actresses. Terminology may also include the study of important theatrical or musical theater genres or studies.

    Team Work/Ensemble Exercises

    Each class in the Broadway Exploration classes will include team work and ensemble exercises and activities to help students learn to work together as a group. Many games may also incorporate and require focus, problem solving and critical thinking.

    Rehearsal

    Students each week will learn the importance of rehearsal. Rehearsal is generally 60 minutes of a 90 minute class. In 60 minute classes with multiple visits each week, rehearsal is segmented into a 45 minute rehearsal based on the class. For example some Broadway Exploration classes include 3 60 minutes classes with a Dance rehearsal, Music Rehearsal and Blocking Rehearsal happening on multiple days of the week.

    Creating

    Every Broadway Exploration class includes student creation. Whether students are creating the characters, plot and script or designing costumes and sets, they will experience the full realm of theatrical production.

    Performance

    Broadway Exploration classes end with a final performance for family, friends and the school staff. The productions showcase what the children have accomplished in their 10 weeks and are a celebration of the hard work produced.

  • Our Teaching Method

    5 Methods of Exploration
    Discovery

    Discovery includes understanding character and setting development, plot structure, and the conflict and resolution of the book, play or musical they are studying. It will also include learning about the era, genre or history based on the setting of the production. Lastly, discovery will include learning about the people involved in creating the original plays or musicals being performed.

    Expression

    To implement the Expression Method, each child is given an opportunity to place their stamp on the play or musical being performed as class is conducted in a “round table” style so each child can express their ideas and thoughts. The Broadway Exploration Educator will ensure each child’s creative signature is featured throughout the production.

    Acceptance

    Once the structure of the play has been created, children are now put to the test as they must audition for their roles in the production. Like a professional Broadway Play, there are no small parts! Everyone is important and an integral part to the production! In larger classes there may be two casts that have the opportunity. Some classes may even have understudy casts that may have a chance to fill in when other children are absent. Learning to Audition and accept the roles received is an important lesson in Acceptance, another method of education in the Broadway Exploration classes offered by Dance Exploration.

    Creation

    The Creation Method of Education involves, with the help of the Broadway Exploration Educator, creating characters for the stage production, writing the script following the book’s synopsis and brainstorming ensemble characters that will complete the production. Creating a story map based on the book will be a collaborative effort between Educator and student and ensures that no two productions of the same book will be the same! In the cases of plays or musicals that have already been created, students will have the opportunity to create their own costumes and sets for the production.

    Movement

    After the play has been written and cast the real fun begins as children learn the rehearsal process. This is where the Movement Method is incorporated. Actors and Actresses may be asked to move around and through space. Learning important stage directions will be imperative. Some plays may even incorporate a simple dance routine!

  • Broadway Exploration Classes

    Classes
    • Broadway Exploration: Musical
      • Grades
        1st-8th
      • Class Style
        Teacher/Student Collaboration
      • Class Length
        60-90 Minutes
      • Teacher/Student Ratio
        1-15
    • Broadway Exploration: Dance
      • Grades
        1st-8th
      • Class Style
        Teacher Led
      • Class Length
        60 Minutes
      • Teacher Ratio
        1-15
    • From the Page to the Stage™
      • Grades
        1st-8th
      • Class Style
        Teacher/Student Collaboration
      • Class Length
        60-90 Minutes
      • Teacher Ratio
        1-15
    • That's Preposterous™
      • Grades
        1st-8th
      • Class Style
        Teacher/Student Collaboration
      • Class Length
        60-90 Minutes
      • Teacher Ratio
        1-15
    • Popsicle Puppet Theatre™
      • Grades
        1st-3rd
      • Class Style
        Student/Teacher Collaboration
      • Class Length
        60 Minutes
      • Teacher Ratio
        1-15
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