Dance and Movement
Students experience the many aspects of movement, which can assist
in their physical development and heighten their awareness of the
functions of the body in motion. Such elements as breathing,
posture, tension, relaxation; body isolations, flexibility, stamina,
muscle strength and flight will be taught. An understanding of the
use of rhythm and the expressive qualities of movement will be
developed through regular class activities.
Drama and Theatre Arts
Students experience sense recall, warm ups, games/exercises,
observation, concentration, characterization, emotions, imagination,
thinking, trust, transformation in acting, and tableau.
As part of our efforts to increase literacy skills and to combat
negative attitudes towards literacy, among the Deaf, each student
has a journal for writing. The journals are used by the students
to share how they felt about an individual class or experience.
When the daily entry is complete, the instructors read and respond
via written means in the same journal. We aim to provide a positive
writing experience that does not repel Deaf students from the use
and application of receptive and expressive literacy.
Each class is led by a Performing Arts Instructor (Dance or Drama)
who is assisted by a Deaf Culture Facilitator and a Sign Language
Performing Arts Instructor
Is responsible for the direction and management of the class. Instructs
youth in all aspects of the performing arts. The majority of our PAIs
are employed full-time in various educational settings while they work
with the project.
Deaf Culture Facilitator
Serves as an assistant instructor for the classes and as a role
model/mentor for youth in the project. Responsible for aiding the
PAI in understanding Deaf culture and language. Most of the DCFs are
Deaf adults in their mid-to-late 20's who have experience in dealing
with the hearing world.
Sign Language Interpreter
Works to facilitate clear and appropriate communication among all
persons in the class - students and adults. Responsible for signing
for the hearing persons and voicing for the deaf persons. Our SLIs are
persons who have interacted with the Deaf community for a significant
amount of time and/or have personal involvement with Deaf persons.
All personnel work with a minimum of two (2) classes each week. Every
class has approximately 20 students on the register. Classes fall into
two categories for age: 10-14 and 15-21.
Youth Theatre Workshop