Student Matinees

Student Matinee Class Warm-Up

In order to meet demands of the Arizona Department of Education’s K-12 Academic Standards, Ballet Arizona and Grand Canyon University’s Dance Education Program have partnered to bring a 45 minute arts integration lesson, free of cost, to your school.  Through a fun and engaging movement-based lesson, teacher candidates from GCU and Ballet Arizona staff will help prepare your students for the upcoming Student Matinee Performance.

TEACHERS:  If you are interested in utilizing more arts learning strategies in your classrooms to improve your students’ academic performance, this is an event you won’t want to miss!  We are available for 2 consecutive lessons per school site per day, depending on staff scheduling.

When you reserve tickets to see a Student Matinee, you will be invited to participate in this event.  Your lesson’s theme, aligned to participating grades’ Academic Standards, will relate to one of the following story ballets:  The Sleeping Beauty, The Nutcracker, or The Firebird/La Sylphide.

The following is an outline of the in-class presentation, designed for groups of up to 50 students:

I.  Introduction

-Basic facts about Classical Ballet: Story, Music, History, Terminology, Careers, Dance Elements (See Study Guide provided for more information.)
-Show and Tell with pointe shoes and/or other costume elements.

II.  Arts Integration Lesson

-Whole Group Instruction: Exploring concepts through warm-up and modeling by GCU Teacher Candidates.
-Cooperative Learning Activity:  Delving deeper in smaller groups.
-Creative closure activity to bring the lesson home and spur further thoughts on how this experience connects to the curriculum in language arts, math, or science.