According to the New Jersey Arts Education CensusProject, dance is the least served arts discipline in our schools.
We believe the most effective and efficient way of integrating dance instruction into schools is to bring the schools’ physical education teachers together with professional dance teachers to create a new model – a unique partnership — for dance instruction.
The goals of the Dodge Dance Initiative are to:
The scope and scale of this project require many different kinds of expertise, covering arts instruction, state core curriculum standards, alternative teaching certification, curriculum development, and knowledge of dance, dance pedagogy and the dance world.
"Dodge Dance Initiative has helped me to make decisions, solve problems, and of all the most it has helped me to build self-confidence and accepting responsibility to complete tasks from start to finish."
Rithikaa Rajendran, Student – Arbor Elementary School, Piscataway, NJ
2nd Grade Curriculum
3rd Grade Curriculum
4th Grade Curriculum
5th Grade Curriculum
To tackle these hurdles, Dodge partners with Young Audiences to create curriculum and pilot it in several schools across New Jersey. Other dance leaders, such as Sharron Miller, Graham Lustig and Sam Pott have developed their own dance curricula as well, and Dance New Jersey helps share curricula among its members. Often, this dance curriculum gets incorporated into physical education classes at schools as a section on dance led by P.E. teachers, but dancers also help assist teachers in the classroom with movement exercises around a variety of core curriculum subjects, such as math and science.