• Animal Safari Improv at the Rick's Center for Gifted Children (Spring 2020)
    March 09, 2020 - May 11, 2020
    3:40 pm - 4:40 pm



Broadway Exploration: Animal Safari Improv at Rick’s Center for Gifted Children
Dates: 3/9/2020-5/11/2020
**No Class**
Times: Mondays 3:40-4:40pm
Broadway Exploration’s Animal Safari Improv classes are a child’s first introduction to improvisation and acting. This 45 minute drama, movement and play class is designed as an interactive, play-based dance class with a goal to introduce acting and improvisation techniques to preschool children ages 3-5 years old. Classes are composed of 5 Methods: Discovery, Movement, Expression, Acceptance, and Creativity. These Methods are the Dance Exploration 5 Methods of Performance Arts Education. Class begins with Discovery as preschoolers discover a new animal group each week that they may explore. From invertebrates, fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals; preschoolers will learn about each type of animal group, where different classes of animals may be found and how their environment may affect their behaviors. After discovery class moves onto Creativity as preschoolers play a game of charades of sorts, where a different animal is drawn that each student must act out using only behaviors, movement characteristics and sounds. Preschoolers will enjoy using stuffed animals each week to learn how the animals move, the sounds they make and recreate the animals in different scenarios. For example, the Certified Educator may use a stuffed frog and students can crawl, jump and ribbitt as the frog would. The teacher may also place some lily pads on the floor to create a scene and give the students scenarios on how they would jump from pad to pad. The instructor may introduce another type of animal into the scenario, such as an alligator. How will the alligator affect the behaviors of the frogs? Maybe the frogs are scared or maybe they decide to ignore the alligator. This will challenge the students to work together in creative problem solving scenarios as part of the Acceptance Method. Students will be guided and prompted by the Certified Educator on scenarios and how to move or behave while also having the creative freedom to determine their own characters and behaviors. This technique is part of the Expression Method. Movement is incorporated as students must use gross and fine motor movements to accurately depict animals that may be much larger or smaller than they are. Adding creative movement to the class is part of the Movement Method. The Certified Educator is trained to teach in a positive “Yes” Environment. The Animal Safari Improv class participates in the Dance to Learn® at Home with Me Program.


**You’re Invited!**
You are invited to join us for an end of Session Graduation Celebration and Showcase on 5/11/2020 at 3:40pm!
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