Movement Toward Literacy


Society for the Performing Arts supports exploration of the performing arts and creative writing as a way to enhance an individual’s ability to understand, interpret and appreciate written text and spoken words.

Movement Toward Literacy (MTL) initiatives utilize the power of the performing arts to teach components of literacy such as active listening, articulate speech, coherent writing and reading comprehension.

MTL initiatives for the 2013-2014 Season include a summer residency, classroom workshops and after school workshops for students grade 6 through 12, plus professional development for dance educators, English teachers and teaching artists.

The professional development workshops with Paul Taylor Dance Company and Mark Morris Dance Group will demonstrate how professionals in modern dance connect to various elements of poetic language and physical interpretation of text.  Since dance performances are almost completely void of dialogue, dance creators and performers express feeling and ideas through the body. The teaching artists will demonstrate dance theater techniques that educators can use to enhance students’ understanding of classic and contemporary poetry. 

Participants in the professional development workshops may also be able to observe how teaching artists implement techniques and facilitate student workshops. 

In collaboration with Writers in the Schools and Ad Deum Dance Company, classroom and after school workshops will focus on the composition of original poems & monologues, the oral interpretation of poetry and the creation of movement and choreography inspired by metaphors, imagery and poetic language.

Student participants in MTL initiatives will be invited to perform original slam poetry, moving choral readings and unique poetry-inspired dance compositions as part of the H-E-B Performance Prelude series. 

In addition to crafting poems and studying dance on campus, participants will have monthly opportunities for creative expression with Writers in the Schools during their Meta-Fourth Friday workshops.  Click here for more details about Meta-Fourth Fridays.

 As a culminating event for MTL, Society for the Performing Arts and Writers in the Schools will co-host the Space City Grand Slam on April 15, 2014.

 For 2013-2014 SPA is developing Movement Toward Literacy events with the following community and school partners: Harbach-Ripley Neighborhood Center, Ripley House Neighborhood Center, La Porte Neighborhood Center, Miller Intermediate School, Key Middle School, Yates High School and Furr High School 

Tentative Schedule of Events:
 8/20/13-8/25/13  AAADT Summer Residency
 9/3/13  MTL Workshop at Furr HS & Ripley House
 9/10/13 MTL Workshops at LaPorte & Harbach-Ripley
 10/01/13 MTL Workshop at Furr HS & Ripley House 
 10/8/13  MTL Workshops at LaPorte & Harbach-Ripley
 10/10/13  MTL Professional Development Workshop
with Paul Taylor Dance Company
 10/25/13  Meta-Fourth Friday at Jones Hall
 11/5/13  MTL Workshop at Furr HS & Ripley House
 11/12/13  MTL Workshops at LaPorte & Harbach-Ripley
 12/3/13  MTL Workshop at Furr HS & Ripley House
 12/10/13  MTL Workshops at LaPorte & Harbach-Ripley
 1/7/14  MTL Workshop at Furr HS & Ripley House
 1/14/14  MTL Workshops at LaPorte & Harbach-Ripley
 1/31/14  MTL Professional Development Workshop
with Mark Morris Dance Group
 2/4/14  MTL Workshop at Furr HS & Ripley House
 2/11/14  MTL Workshops at LaPorte & Harbach-Ripley
 3/4/14  MTL Workshop at Furr HS & Ripley House
 3/11/14  MTL Workshops at LaPorte & Harbach-Ripley
 3/14/14  Ad Deum Prelude for AAADT
 3/15/14  Writers in the Schools Prelude for AAADT
 4/1/14  MTL Workshop at Furr HS & Ripley House
 4/8/14  MTL Workshops at LaPorte & Harbach-Ripley
 4/25/14  Space City Grand Slam
 5/3/14  Furr HS & Ripley House Prelude for Pedrito Martinez
 5/6/14  MTL Workshop at Furr HS & Ripley House
 5/13/14  MTL Workshops at LaPorte & Harbach-Ripley

For more information about Movement Toward Literacy, please contact SPA at 713.632.8112 or education@spahouston.org.

  SPA is pleased to acknowledge Phillips 66 for its generous
underwriting of Movement Toward Literacy

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