Mass Movement, Inc.
Mass Movement, Inc, offers in-school and after-school workshops and residencies through Young Audiences of Massachusetts with a focus on integrating dance in the classroom. In addition, they offer professional development for educators so that they can incorporate movement into their teaching practice. Founded originally in 1973, Dance Collective/Mass Movement operated as a professional contemporary dance company producing award-winning choreography and concerts throughout New England and in Europe, sponsoring an acclaimed Summer Outreach Program for inner-city youth (a version of which continues at Boston University) and providing popular educational programs at schools and after-school sites.
Through dynamic dance and movement activities that encourage creativity, deepen cultural awareness, and improve physical well-being, students investigate alternative ways to understand and explore world cultures.
- creative movement to encourage self-expression and physicalize language and story
- ethnic and traditional dance forms (from African to European) to foster understanding of other cultures through their traditional movement styles and rhythmic patterns
- contemporary dance to explore scientific and mathematical concepts through rhythm and physical movement.
Schools can choose any combination of workshop options to meet their classroom needs.
Students are introduced to the music and dance styles from different cultures with emphasis upon coordination, direction, cooperation and musicality. We have instructors who specialize in dances from different parts of the globe. Example of one dance: Seven Jumps from Denmark. Danced in a circle, the chorus is a skipping step while the seven figures begin with balancing on one leg, and each figure adds another task that gets lower to the floor. The dance teaches sequencing and works on basic locomotor skills involving coordination, balance, and flexibility while involving the students in a fun and challenging group activity. Introductory games and activities will give students an opportunity to creatively explore basic components of dance and develop movement skills.
Swing Dances from the World War II Era
English Language Arts:
Plot Development: Storytelling in Movement
Figurative Language: Abstraction, Similes, and Metaphors
Science and Mathematics:
Einstein Rules: Opposition, Gravity, and Causality
Divide and Conquer: Math/Movement Games
Dances of the Solar System
$125/workshop for 1-11 workshops
(includes one artist, minimum two workshops/day)
$113/workshop for 11 workshops or more
Travel fees based upon mileage.
For all residencies, a one-time planning session fee of $125 will apply.
Discounts may be available for block bookings or long-term residencies.
Note: pricing may vary for weekends/out-of-school time