Poetry in Motion pairs poetry writing and dance to create real change in elementary and high school students by empowering them to create dances based on their own poetic writing. Combining poetic and choreographic structures and devices, students will experience collaboration within the arts. They will identify their personal values and build empathy as they connect their personal poetry to movement choices. Students will explore the modern and creative dance elements of Body, Action, Space, Time, and Energy, as they find connections in quality, theme, tone, action, and word choice within their poetry as they work alongside renowned poets and professional choreographers. The program culminates with a final presentation of the student-created work.

Grades: 2-12

Scheduling Notes: This residency is implemented in 16 one-hour sessions

Poetry in Motion is aligned with Illinois arts standards, social emotional standards and common core standards in reading, writing, and speaking and listening.