Dance Break has served over 1,500 children in the
Tri-State Area since 2016.

"I really believe that Peridance is an incredible place and that my daughter's experience has helped her grow in very important ways; ways that will impact who she is and how she approaches things for the rest of her life.”  Jo Anne Schlesinger  Parent 2019

"I really believe that Peridance is an incredible place and that my daughter's experience has helped her grow in very important ways; ways that will impact who she is and how she approaches things for the rest of her life.”  Jo Anne Schlesinger  Parent 2019

The amazing dedication of the Peridance Youth Ensemble has year after year nurtured the passion for dance, sparked creative curiosity, and created a safe place for personal expression in our young dancers. It is a true community partnership that brings young talented people together to learn, have fun, and develop skills. In deep appreciation, we love you, Peridance! 

Monique Flores / Senior Program Director University Settlement

 A dance company that represents many colors, shapes and forms. To see dancers in varying body types and cultures is the essence of the diversity in New York City and a poetic mirror of the community in which they live.

 Tal Ben-Oni / Streeters

Peridance Contemporary Dance Company brought dance, but so much more to our school assembly. Our students were completely engaged from start to finish, and even had the opportunity to participate as audience members, connecting with both their bodies and with their minds. Thank you, Peridance! 

Katie Miller / PS87 Enrichment Committee Co-Chair

I really believe that Peridance is an incredible place and that my daughter's experience has helped her grow in very important ways; ways that will impact who she is and how she approaches things for the rest of her life. 

JoAnne Schlesinger / Parent

Dance Break

An After School Outreach Program for K-12 Students

Dance-Break is an arts-in-education outreach initiative that focuses on bringing Company teaching artists into local schools, including in low-income, immigrant, and at-risk communities, making dance accessible to all students.

 

Dance Break will bring out artistry and originality from your students by giving them the chance to create their own spin on easy-to-learn repertory from Peridance Contemporary Dance Company. We invite you to provide your students with an exclusive peek into the Company's exceptional repertory and then guide them in transforming the choreography using their personal stylistic choices. Through this exercise, the students learn to feel confident about making bold choices, promoting self-expression.

Dance Break provides an opportunity for children to experience and learn the value of movement and cultural diversity.


Curriculum

  • An engaging performance of current company repertory.

  • A compositional dance class following the performance led by company members, which includes:

    • Warm-Up: warming up the body using isolation, rhythm, and spatial awareness

    • Choreography: breaking down and learning a short structured excerpt from the performance

    • Compositional Exercises: using improvisation and composition to create a new dance based off the learned choreography

Program Benefits

  • Led by two teaching artists

  • A single two-hour workshop

  • Suitable for grades K - 12

  • Day and time of workshop built around the school and teachers' requests.

  • Includes a culminating Q&A and open discussion with the artists 

Necessary Equipment

  • 2 microphones (wireless preferable though not required).

  • Sound system with an iPhone or computer hookup and speakers

  • Auxiliary cord

  • 4 chairs

  • Load-in: approximately 35 minutes / Load-out : approximately  10 minutes

DOE Vendor Details

NYC Department Of Education Vendor ID:  THE236256   

DOE Vendor Name:  THE PERIDANCE ENSEMBLE,  LTD.

Peridance Contemporary Dance Company is an IRS approved 501(c)3, Federal Tax ID number is 13-3236256.

Contact Us

Please reach out to pcdc@peridance.com for a fuller description of these activities and details.

Read more about our mission and Diversity and Inclusion Statement.

Dance Break brings an inclusive dance experience to city youth calling on their innate influences, individuality, and creativity to engage the principles of dance training.

 

PAST PARTICIPANTS

PS 140 | University Settlement | PS 132X | Rye Country Day School  | Dance to Unite | British International School |  Boys and Girls Club of America | PS 87 |SummerStage Studio - City Parks Foundation | Long Island High School for the Arts

126 East 13th Street New York, NY 10003 |  212-505-0886 | pcdc@peridance.com

Photo and video credit: Rachel Neville Photography and Nir Arieli

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