Motion Pacific Dance

SPECTRA Artist
Dance

Available only to Schools

Motion Pacific Dance is a non-profit arts organization dedicated to dance as art, cultivating imagination, community engagement and discipline through accessible dance education and presentation. Motion Pacific offers over 1500 classes a year to youth, teen and adults. Motion Pacific's current programming hosts three residency programs for local, regional and national artists, as well as a new weekly Dance for Parkinson's class.

Teachers include:

Angela Chambers spent most of her young life exploring the world of Musical Theater. Introduced to formal training in Modern, Contemporary, Jazz, and Ballet upon moving to Santa Cruz to attend UCSC, Angela has had the privilege of expanding and developing her knowledge of and relationship with movement as an art form.

Collette Kollewe started her dance career 14 years ago. In high school she did extensive training studying a variety of forms including ballet, jazz, theatrical, and modern. In 2014, Collette graduated from San Diego State University with a BFA in Dance and has been teaching both adult and youth contemporary and improvisation classes at Motion Pacific in Santa Cruz since 2015.

Meredith Buck
Originally from Florida, Meredith discovered her passion for dance at age 10 after a dance company performed at her elementary school. Her dance background emphasizes ballet, jazz, hip hop, and contemporary. Meredith believes that the creativity, discipline, and confidence she has learned from dance translate into every other aspect of her life. For this reason, she is excited to share her love of dance with others by helping them to have the same positive experience!


website: motionpacific.com
email: director@motionpacific.com
phone: 831-457-1616

There are three classes being offered by Motion Pacific Teaching Artists:

1. Dance with Angela Chambers

Description: Dance as an art form not only instills many levels of external and internal awareness, but it also develops and reinforces a wide array of skillsets, including but not limited to: creative exploration and appreciation; critical thinking and problem solving; mindbody connection; teambuilding and communication; memory and brain stimulation. Bearing this in mind, dance can be used to explore and break down the various concepts included in a student’s everyday educational experience (i.e.: reading and writing, math, language, history, science, social studies, and psychology). Through the use of movement and dance technique as an alternative educational platform, Angela ensures that each of her programs provide an engaging and novel learning experience for her students, as well as meet what common core standards and guidelines are required for each subject. Although open to other subjects, Angela finds a focus on two main programs: PSYCHOLOGY and LITERACY.

Details:
Grade level: 4–7
Requires: Dance studio, Multipurpose room, or Gym
Available for after school
Cost: $60/hour

2. Movement and Identity with Collette Kollewe

Description: Body language accounts for over 50% of communication. We view our peers, families, and strangers everyday, often creating a profile based on external appearance and body language. In this program, students will use dance and movement to relate to their own identity, to each other, their environments, as well as address social issues. Students will begin by practicing improvisational skills and techniques to find their own comfort level with movement and then further to answer questions about binaries: Feminine vs. Masculine, Silly vs. Serious, “Good” vs. “Bad”, etc. Moreover, this program will address the importance of movement and exercise and how it contributes to both mental and physical health. Over the course of 6-8 weeks, students will be given the opportunity to explore movements familiar and foreign to them, learn and create set material, and choreograph and perform a short work based on a social issue of their choice.

Details:
Grade level: 9–12
Requires: Multipurpose room, or Gym
Available for after school
Cost: $60/hour

3. Spanish and Dance Integrated with Meredith Buck

Description: In this course, students will learn some of the basics of the Spanish language through creative movement. The vocabulary to be learned includes colors, numbers, emotions, and animals. This course is designed for students between the ages of 4-9 years old (grades K-4th). It can be taught on a weekly basis for 6, 9, or 12 weeks, as it is broken down into 3 different sections of Spanish vocabulary. By utilizing visual, audio, and kinesthetic styles of teaching, all students have the opportunity to be successful!

Details:
Grade level: K–4th
Requires: Multipurpose room, or Gym
Available for after school
Cost: $60/hour