A week in Florida
Patrons, I spent this week in Florida doing some of my favorite work. Through a company called Story Tapestries, in parthership with the Learning Alliance, I was invited to present a Professional Development talk to schoolteachers in Vero Beach and spend two days imbedded with four teachers at one elementary school. I taught 1st, 2nd, 4th, and 5th grade language arts classes using a dance-based curriculum. IT WAS AWESOME. The kids were incredibly engaged, curious, focused, and productive - everything an educator could dream of and more! The PD happened at the BEAUTIFUL Vero Beach Museum of Art. 110 teachers from across the district came, danced, listened and learned with me. It was one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. I hope to replicate it over the coming years. I can't say this enough: YOUR SUPPORT OF MY LIFE AS A CREATOR ENABLED THIS EXPERIENCE. Without your support, my family would not have the flexibility to allow me to travel and do this work. It would be prohibitively expensive in terms of child care alone. I realized while here, that I got my first teaching job when I was 15 - a sophomore in high school. I have now been a dance educator for 21 years. This week in Florida was an amazing way to celebrate 21 years of sharing this incredible art form. Thank you for being a vital piece of the puzzle that makes my life possible. The video this week is a balcony dance - you can hear the waves in the background. I was so busy teaching, I only got to visit the beach today - my last day. So, I just had to celebrate the sounds of the waves and the warmth of the air here. I hope you enjoy!