Residency programs are extended encounters with dance and are inspired by curricular themes and topics currently being explored by the students and teachers. Residencies may be as few as four in-school visits or as many as you would like! All residencies are taught by professional teaching artists with backgrounds in dance and arts integration. Each residency is tailored to the needs of individual classrooms and schools and aligns with PDE Academic Standards and national standards for dance and the arts.
Interested in booking a residency at your school? Contact Alyssa Herzog Melby, Director of Education, today at 412-454-9105 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
PBT in Pittsburgh Public Schools
Creative Movement Residency Program
Since 1997, PBT has partnered with Pittsburgh Public Schools to provide Creative Movement Residency programs to young elementary children. Creative Movement provides creative dance classes for students in Grades 1 and 2, and offers opportunities for theater attendance to Grade 3. A PBT teacher and accompanist, team-teaching with a classroom teacher, provide a nine-week movement experience for students, reinforced by activities in the classroom. The Creative Movement Residency program regularly reaches more than 350 students a year.
Current schools in the Creative Movement Residency program:
- Pittsburgh Manchester Elementary
- Pittsburgh Spring Hill Elementary
- Pittsburgh Concord Elementary (beginning in Spring 2014)
Preschool Creative Movement Residency Program
The Preschool Creative Movement Residency program was piloted in 2007-2008 in collaboration with the Early Childhood Education Department in the Pittsburgh Public Schools. A Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre teacher, along with a percussion accompanist, works in collaboration with PPS teachers to provide sequential Creative Movement classes for Pre-K students at specific sites throughout the City schools. The residency focuses dually on professional development for the teacher as well as building self-regulation and kinethetic learning for the students. The residency also includes special performance experiences, including an In Step instructional performance for each participating classroom, and a new family engagement event, "The Barnyard Dance Party," beginning in the fall of 2013.
In the 2012-2013 school year, the Preschool Creative Movement Residency program reached more than 460 students and teachers at the following sites:
- Crescent Early Childhood Center
- Spring Garden Early Childhood Center
- Peabody Early Childhood Center
- Lincoln PreK
- Pittsburgh Classical Academy PreK
Feedback: “I very much enjoyed the program. Students learned movement that they would otherwise not know. The instructor was very good with managing behavior and made children accountable for learning the content. I would welcome this program again!” ~Rebecca Mattie, Pittsburgh Public Schools Early Childhood Education
Feedback: “One of the little boys was very stand offish about the whole program. Then one day he saw the other children having so much fun that when we looked up he was the first person in line!” ~Shawn Peeks, formerly of Pittsburgh Public Schools Early Childhood Education
Past sites for the Preschool Creative Movement Residency program:
- Faison Primary
- Homewood Early Childhood Center
- Children's Museum
- Reizenstein Early Childhood program
- Spring Garden
- Troy Hill