Be who you are. Do what you love. Make a difference. Change the world.
Classes will be integrated with lessons on character development and life skill training. Lessons will be based in core human values and will not include lessons reflecting religion, political opinions or go against parental teachings. Studio 21 seeks to assist parents in building a foundation on which the student’s family may add their own values which reflect their personal belief system. The lessons taught in class are fundamental in nature and deal with behavior and choices for positive personal development. The goal of the Studio 21 Enrichment Program is to utilize class time by incorporating lessons that lead to success in the studio and out.
The Studio 21 Dance year is broken down into three sessions, Spring, Summer and Fall. Each session is four months long and each month has an Enrichment Theme. Each youth class will begin with a brief discussion inspired by the month’s Enrichment Theme as well as including dance instruction designed to reflect the theme. The goal is to use dance as a physical representation of the character lesson discussed in class. Enrichment themes are posted at the front of the studio.
STUDIO 21 Enrichment:
- Take Care of Our Bodies: Making Healthy Choices, strethcing and breathing evenly
- Take Care of Our Homes: Be Good to Your Family
- Take Care of Our Community: Being a Good Friend and an Even Better Student
- Take Care of Our Planet: How can we leave a small footprint? Clean Up Our Spaces and Get Rid of The Illnesses
SAMPLE LESSON PLANS
Below is an example of a week by week lesson plan for some of the themes we use in the studio. Weeks 1-4 would follow a lesson plan like the ones below. Months with five weeks will use the extra week for student choreography. Students will be divided into teams and given a segment of music and technique guidelines. After working together to create their own choreography, students will perform and teach their dance to the class. All choreography will be combined for an ongoing class project of student choreography
Theme Example 1: INTEGRITY
"Real integrity is doing the right thing, knowing that nobody's going to know whether you did or not."
Week 1 Understanding Integrity
Defining integrity and understanding it's applications to choices and behavior.
Week 2 Finding Integrity
Discussing examples of integrity in class and in students' everyday lives.
Week 3 Displaying Integrity
Students are asked to act with integrity during class and discuss examples of how they used integrity in the choices they make outside of class.
Week 4 Cultivating Integrity
Discussion and roll playing of how to encourage and cultivate the use of integrity by those around them, specifically in peer relations.
Theme Example 2: RESPONSIBILITY
“Freedom is the will to be responsible to ourselves.” - Friedrich Nietzsche
"No snowflake in an avalanche ever feels responsible"- George Burns
Week 1 Defining Responsibility
Understanding what each student can be responsible for through choice and action; the privilege of responsibility.
Week 2 Respect and Responsibility
Understanding the relationship between responsibility and treating ourselves and others with respect; the obligation of responsibility.
Week 3 Acting with Responsibility
Applying responsibility to everyday situations and discussing good choices and peer pressure.
Week 4 Responsibility Show and tell
Students share stories of how they and people around them behaved with responsibility.
Theme Example 3: COURAGE
“With courage you will dare to take risks, have the strength to be compassionate, and the wisdom to be humble. Courage is the foundation of integrity.” -Keshavan Nair
“One isn't necessarily born with courage, but one is born with potential. Without courage, we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency. We can't be kind, true, merciful, generous, or honest” –Maya Angelou
Week 1 Defining Courage
Understanding the meaning of courage and the role of fear in bravery.
Week 2 Goal Setting
Discussion of students’ goals for dance class, academics and life. Students will discuss short and long term goals, including career and life goals.
Week 3 Courage to Achieve
Following the Studio 21 motto; “2 Parts Drive, 1 Part Dream”, students are led in making a plan to achieve the goals they set, specifically one short term goal for dance class and one short term goal for school. Class discussion of what skills are needed for goal achievement.
Week 4 Goal Success
Students will share how they took steps towards their goals in class and out. Skills taught this month will reflect the “Steps towards success” theme and will build each week towards an achievable technique goal at the month’s end. Consistent attendance is stressed during this month.
Theme Example 4: TEAM WORK
“A group becomes a team when each member is sure enough of himself and his contribution to praise the skills of the others.” ~Norman Shidle
“A word of encouragement during a failure is worth more than an hour of praise after success.” Author Unknown
Note: The last month of each session (Month 4) is centered around preparation for the session end performance.
Performances will be held in May, August and December
Week 1 Supporting your team
Discussion and class room application of positive feedback and peer support. Throughout the session students will be shown how to support one another and during this month will be asked to provide support and encouragement to their classmates during performance preparation.
Weeks 2 and 3 Acting as a team
Upon completion of choreography instruction, classes will focus on performance skills and mastery of material. Classes will divide in half and perform for each other and will then be asked to give feedback and praise to one another.
Week 4 PERFORMANCE!
Each session will end with a student performance for family and friends. Each class will learn a routine reflecting the skills learned that session, as well as encompassing skills from previous sessions and other student talents. Length of routines is formatted to enable mastery of material, not just comprehension. Studio 21 is committed to always using age appropriate music, costumes and choreography. Each student will be given the opportunity to shine, the tools to succeed and the education to take apply their success beyond the classroom.