Dance workshop on tap at LPL

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LEWISTON – Dance educator Erma Colvin will present a free “hands-on/feet-on” workshop in integrating creative movement into the classroom from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Monday, May 8, at the Lewiston Public Library.

The program is geared for all educators: public and private school teachers and student teachers as well as home-school parents. Those interested are encouraged to call LPL cultural coordinator Cindy Larock at 784-0135, ext. 200, to register in advance. The event will be held in Callahan Hall in the library’s new Marsden Hartley Cultural Center.

Based in mid-coast Maine, Colvin has worked for 15 years to make dance a part of school curriculum by providing a comfortable, non-threatening environment for students to explore dance.

“This workshop will be a perfect opportunity,” said Colvin, “for teachers to learn how integrating the arts into academics is a fun and effective way of supporting and reinforcing learning at all levels.”

No prior dance experience is necessary, she said. Participation in the class will afford partial CEU credit for teachers pursuing recertification, and information on rubrics and assessment techniques will also be available.

Colvin’s workshop is sponsored by the Maine Arts Commission under its arts-in-education program. It is one of several professional development workshops generated by the commission across the state in recent months to increase familiarity of and fluency in a variety of artistic disciplines among classroom teachers and arts specialists.

By developing standards-based teaching in and through the arts, the training sessions have proven a tool toward achieving the goals of the Maine Learning Results campaign and the No Child Left Behind Act.

Paul Faria, arts-in-education associate at the commission, points to research which has shown that through the arts, students’ performance in the other more “nuts and bolts” academic disciplines can be enhanced.

The Maine Arts Commission is a state agency committed to building communities through the arts. Its mission is to encourage and stimulate public interest and participation in the cultural heritage and cultural programs of the state, expand the state’s cultural resources and encourage and assist freedom of artistic expression for the well being of the arts, to meet the needs and aspirations of persons in all parts of the state.

The commission conducts all of its programs in accessible spaces. Those requiring special accommodations are encouraged to call 287-2724 voice or 877-887-3878 TTY/NexTalk.

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