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The Art of Chinese Dance

The Parent's Choice Award winning Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company brings you on to a fantastic journey to China, the land of the Dragon! The Art of Chinese Dance is a multi-cultural, interactive dance program that showcases the diversity of the Chinese dance styles, colors, costumes and people. Exploring one of the most ancient cultures in the world, this program includes highly skilled, acrobatic dances, narration by the artists and audience participation. It is a culturally rich, entertaining program that makes learning about Asia fun and exciting. Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company; Grades K-12;  $1050/$1400 (photo credit: Joseph Wagner)

Andrew Chiang 800.650.0246



Caravan to Cairo 

From the exotic lands of the Arabian Nights, Mosaic Dance Theater Company’s Caravan to Cairo brings you traditional original folkloric dances from the lands which stretch from North Africa to the Middle East. Choreographed by Samara, one of today’s finest international performers of Middle Eastern dance, this delightful dance journey through the Near East offers a diversity of engaging styles and rhythms, lavish, colorful costumes and features a charming story theater adaptation of a timeless Arabic folktale. A short, interactive dance lesson and a Q&A session add to the fun. This program can also provide classroom teaching artist workshops and residencies. Mosaic Dance Theater Company; Grades K-8; $1000/$1300

Morgiana C. Varricchio 973.783.2395                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

Dance Inspirations

In this interactive, fun and informative lecture demonstration, Freespace Dance teaches how inspirations can come from anywhere at anytime and can be about anything. They show how to take ordinary ideas and make it extraordinary through creativity and structure. The dancers discuss everyday topics such as shapes, levels, pathways, numbers, and sentences to show how these ideas can become a dance. They even make a connection between dance and science with their crowd favorite chrysalis piece. Basic composition skills are introduced to the lower grades and explored deeper with the older grades. Through audience participation, the students are encouraged to find their own inspirations to make dances and learn basic tools in order to begin to form those inspirations. Dance Inspirations gives students an appreciation for dance as a creative, physical, and abstract art form and showcases how everyday topics can be inspirations for dance making.  Freespace Dance; Grades K-6; $900/$1300

Lisa Grimes 201.463.4325



Dancing through the Ages

Dancing Through the Ages takes the audience on an exciting and energetic tour of history through dance, with performances highlighting the Charleston, Lindy, Swing, Broadway Jazz, Disco, Hip Hop, Ballet and Lyrical dance styles. Complete with costumes depicting each era, this assembly is designed to encourage the students to participate, dance, and have fun while learning about the unique dances throughout time. Audience participation is highly encouraged. Dance Innovations Performance Foundation; Grades K-12; $700/$1000 

Susan Coutts 973.635.1205 or 973.635.7000



Motion 360

In Motion 360, Tim Latta (Lattawork, Pilobolus, Momix, Faustwork) combines his history in dance, theater and circus to present a powerfully entertaining show that teaches us how to think creatively, be more tolerant and look at our world, ourselves and each other with new eyes. Using stilts, masks, rollerblades and found objects, he demonstrates how we can, literally, stumble over everyday objects to unlock our creativity and develop problem-solving skills allowing us to discover the stories and potential within us all. Motion 360 will leave audiences saying, "I can!" Tim Latta; Grades K-12; $750/$1250

Tim Latta 860.355.8180                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   .

New Jersey Tap Dance Ensemble - Generation Tap

Artistic Director Deborah Mitchell created Generation Tap to showcase dancers, music and social influences from the mid-20th century to the present day. The acclaimed NJTAP Youth Company dancers, aged 12-17, will tap through highlights of several decades of music in works by award winning choreographer Deborah Mitchell and other emerging choreographers. This special school-time version of this show is followed by Q&A with the artists and Artistic Director. NJTAP; Grades K-12; Price on request

Deborah Mitchell (Artistic director) or Karen Callaway Williams (NJTAP2 Coordinator) 973.743.0600



Taste of Spain

From Sevillanas,the famous lively dance from Seville to powerful Flamenco dance and music from the gypsy enclaves of Granada, join this prestigious New Jersey company in its celebration of dance and music from Spain with live guitar accompaniment and colorful traditional costumes. Students also have the opportunity to learn elements of these dance forms through spirited interaction with the artists on stage, including rhythmic hand clapping, arm movements, foot stomping, castanet playing and jaleo, shouting out "olé!" Upon request, performances can include dances from Mexico, Ecuador and Peru, demonstrating Spain's shared heritage with other Hispanic cultures.Alborada Spanish Dance Theatre; Grades K-12; $800/$1200; Workshops available: assembly costs plus $300 for a full day; $200 for a half day  

Eva Lucena 732.598.3979



World Dance

History, geography, social studies, fashion, music and dance are all incorporated in this assembly. Experience Japan, from Kabuki to Takarazaka. See a performance of a classical Japanese fan dance or learn an Italian folk dance, the Cicerenella. See hand carved wooden spears, fabric and jewelry from Kenya and learn the Masai tribe's famous lion dance that includes a jumping competition. In this assembly students experience both the process of learning by participation and the thrill of performance. Joanna Pang Atkins; Grades K-8; $800/$1250/$1650

Joanna Pang Atkins 973.325.2045