CREATING CHANCES WITH DANCES, BUILDING DREAMS WITH SCENES
In this residency experience April C. Turner uses arts based tools designed to (1) build students’ conflict resolution skills, (2) address and examine community/group issues and (3) constructively communicate personal ideas.
Through Dance, Writing and Improv exercises students practice navigating difficult situations. Creating Chances helps students “prepare” to make positive choices and create a winning outcome they can embrace as genuinely possible.
This residency experience works well with students in alternative school environments or those who have academic and/or social challenges. Adaptable for grade levels 3-5, 6-8 and 9-12.
AFRICAN DANCE WORKSHOPS AVAILABLE NOW
April C. Turner, instructor
An enlightening dance experience that explores the language of traditional West African dance. Students will learn dances for different social occasions and where applicable we highlight what individual movements symbolize. We examine ways that dance is used to build community and even document history. This workshop is a perfect complement to classroom studies on traditional Africa.
Workshops available for K-12, college course study, cultural centers and communities.
TELL YOUR STORY —CREATIVE WRITING WORKSHOP
The workshop is composed of a series of exercises designed to encourage imagination and introduce technique. Students explore ways to develop verbal and written communication skills. Adaptable for all age levels (8 years to adult).
WORKSHOPS FOR EDUCATORS
INSPIRING HARD TO REACH STUDENTS TO LEARN: 10 STEPS TO A NEW BEGINNING
A workshop byApril C. Turner
She’s sitting in the back ofthe room, slumped over a desk, waiting for the bell to ring. He refuses to answer any questions or participate in class activities because,“School is stupid.” How can these children be re‐engaged in the learning process without impeding other students or pushing teachers to the breaking point? In Inspiring Hard to Reach Students to Learn: 10 Steps to a
New Beginning, arts educational specialist, April C. Turner, shares tools and strategies collected and developed while conducting arts residencies in communities, primarily in school settings, where students are underperforming and demonstrating disruptive behaviors. This workshop is an opportunity for teachers, parents, community workers, artists and arts organizations to hear best practices that dramatically improved classroom dynamics and learn step by step how Turner uses the arts to shift the way hard to reach students feel about learning.
HOW TO INTENTIONALLY BUILD COMMUNITY USING THE CULTURAL ARTS
A workshop by April C. Turner
In this interactive workshop, participants explore how cultural arts programs create a sense of community, aid in team building and promote group goals. The Intentionally Build workshop exercises are applied in three different types of communities: campus communities (K-12 through college), neighborhoods and corporate work environments.
Can a drum program reduce crime in a neighborhood? Can a theatre project shift a middle school student’s focus? Can a traditional dance improve communication among co-workers? The answer is, “Yes!” three times.
During How to Intentionally Build Community Using the Cultural Arts, Turner facilitates exercises, shares case studies and outlines strategies for replicating this success in your community.