Jody Cassell


Jody Cassell

Jody Cassell is a Teaching and Performing Artist in Dance and author of the children’s book Where’s Leon? A 2010-2011 Durham Arts Council Ella Fountain Pratt Emerging Artist, Jody earned a M.F.A. in Dance from NYU School of the Arts, NY, NY and a M.S. (Dance/Movement Therapy) from Hunter College of the City University of NY, NY. She served as a Master Artist for the Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts in Vienna, VA and has over 4 decades of experience teaching through movement. Professional Development for teachers and working with those with special needs are of special interest. CAPS Artist since 2004. REQUEST JODY CASSELL

GRADES: Pre-K K 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12

Performance
Dancing Stories! Stories Come Alive!

These stories are specifically chosen to enhance sequencing, vocabulary, rhyming, critical thinking and fluency skills. The theatre space vibrates with life as students become actively involved in rhythms, self-generated sounds, and creative movements. Performance materials are drawn from storybooks, folk stories, Jody’s own creations or stories found in the newspaper. Participants develop their ability to comprehend as they view, hear and kinetically participate. Ideas for classroom movement challenges and journal experiences are provided. Jody is joined by musician and sound artist, Jude Casseday.

Special Requirements (Space, Tech, Volunteer):
Clean, open space, easy access to electric outlet, someone to help “seat” students.

Maximum Participants:
300

Duration (Length of Performance):
45-50 minutes

Performance Fee:

Single Performance Fee- $845.00
Two Performances Fee- $1,278.00

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GRADES: Pre-K K 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12

Residency
READ! DANCE! WRITE!

Students will creatively move and dance their way into a physical and cognitive understanding of the mechanics of reading and writing as they: evaluate basic sentence structure; learn to identify the verb in a sentence; read language of dance motif symbols; develop their own dance/English dictionary of symbols and words; create movements for each dance symbol; choreograph dance sequences; informally perform dance sequences and then write sentences in English that correspond to the choreographed sequences. Cost includes $15 material fee.

Special Requirements (Space, Tech, Volunteer): Clean, open space, easy access to electric outlet, space to hang visuals.

Maximum Participants:
26

Residency Fee:$115.00 per class/hr.
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Performance
Listening With Your Whole Body

Students become focused, motivated and ready to discover in “learn it today, use it tomorrow” strategies that are easily performed in classroom, at desks or on the playground. Songs, rhythms and movements designed to reduce stress and coat the neural pathways to the brain lay the foundation to build healthy, learning bodies and brains! Jody is joined by musician and sound artist, Jude Casseday.

Special Requirements (Space, Tech, Volunteer): Clean, open space, easy access to electric outlet, someone to help “seat” students.

Maximum Participants:
300

Duration (Length of Performance):
45- 50 minutes

Performance Fee:

Single Performance Fee- $845.00
Two Performances Fee- $1,278.00

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Workshop
Dancing Math! OR Dancing Science!

DANCING MATH– Jump into learning mathematics concepts – relative positions, geometric shapes, place value, the steps of long division to name a few. Your classroom becomes a learning theatre while students engage in a series of rhythms, songs, and movements to create shapes, demonstrate columns of numbers, relative positions or to clarify the steps of long division. Repetition is the key to learning and they enjoy this kind of practice. 40 – 50 minutes.

DANCING SCIENCE! Dance into Science. Grade 3: Learn about the skeleton, muscles or joints, by drawing a skeleton before and after movement experiences that teach the functions of the skeleton. Students twist their way into understanding how muscles stretch and contract and create dance phrases emphasizing movements of the joints. Drums, rhythms and American Sign Language signs reinforce process. Other grades: Dance the laws of motion and changes of states for liquids and solids! 40 – 50 minutes.

Special Requirements (Space, Tech, Volunteer): Clean, open space, easy access to an electric outlet and a place to hang visuals.

Maximum Participants:
26

Workshop Duration and Maximum Classes Per Day:
45-50 minutes, up to 4 classes per day

Workshop Fee: $130.00 per class/hr.