Dance 37: Inspire Your Heart with Art with Dancer/Choreographer Jennifer Medina

Jennifer Medina. Jennifer began her dance training in St. Louis and has danced and choreographed dances for companies across the United States.  She has also started her own company, Common Thread Contemporary Dance, and is now co-director of Skystone Conservatory of the Arts.  In this interview, she shares her love of dance, discusses examples of her work and how she created them, and offers her insights on the power of dance to influence and inspire in unique and important ways.

Teacher Tools

EdTA Teacher Tool 1: 2nd Grade MCA--Drama Machine

This teacher tool provides a Theatre Model Cornerstone Assessment for Grade 2 for the artistic processes of Creating, Performing, Responding, and Connecting.

Students will collectively and collaboratively use body, voice and imagination in a teacher-led machine to express elements of a main character in a story. The students’ work in the guided drama exercise will demonstrate an ability to creatively respond to teacher side-coaching, questioning, and open-ended suggestions with body, voice and imagination. The students’ reflection on the drama exercise will demonstrate an ability to make connections between self, culture, and community.


Teacher Tool 298: Cross Curricular Activity--Evaluating Live Interviews

This cross-curricular teacher tool, accompanying the video above, is designed to get students thinking about: 1) how live interviews can be used to learn information on topics such as those discussed in the video, and 2) the effectiveness of this interview specifically in helping their learning on this topic as well as the effectiveness (strengths and weaknesses) of interviews in general as a source of information.