Curriculum in Motion®: Using Creative Movement and the Kinesthetic Mode to Enhance Learning

WHO: CELESTE MILLER, is Assistant Professor in the Department of Theatre and Dance at Grinnell College in a position that allows her to combine her love for teaching with her investigation of dance as a performing art, cultural practice, political act and a method for the embodiment of ideas and beliefs.  She is also the co-founder and director of Big If Dance Experiments – an open collective of dancers, actors, movers, musicians and other artists. The name   ”Big If” comes from Charles Darwin.  In a letter to Joseph D. Hooker in 1871 Darwin wrote, “It is often said that all the conditions necessary for the first production of a living being are now present.  But if (and oh, what a big if)….” Celeste was the director of Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival’s Choreographer’s Lab focusing on dance and community engagement from 1993-2005; and has been the co-founder and director of Jacob’s Pillow Curriculum in Motion since 1993.

WHEN:  FRIDAY, January 12, 2018 9:00-3:00

WHERE:  1715 27th Court South, Birmingham AL 35209


WHY: Recent advances in brain research show that more of the brain is activated during physical work than when doing seatwork. Additional research shows that movement is most students’ preferred mode of learning because they understand concepts best when the concepts are physically experienced. Even so, educators are often most insecure when offering their students kinesthetic experiences in the classroom. Join Celeste as she breaks down the kinesthetic mode in a safe, fun, and easy to apply way.

DETAILS: FREE    Lunch is furnished.   


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