Dance & Movement

Skip, leap, move and create with this artistic form of nonverbal communication.

Yoga in Motion

Students will ascend to a new level of physical well-being. The origins and history of Yoga as an Eastern health practice will be shown and discussed. Yoga In Motion unites body, mind and spirit through musical rhythms combined with the movements of yoga postures. Students will gain a greater awareness of their bodies and develop […]

Exploring Native America Through Dance & Drum

This one day residency uses dance and percussion to explore a Native American poem. Based on the text Giving Thanks: A Native American Good Morning Message by Chief Jake Swamp, the students will participate in moving and playing to the English translation of the Mohawk text. Through movement, students will explore the poem’s themes of […]

Moving to Words

The theme of this residency is that dance is a communicative artform that uses gesture and movement to express feelings and ideas. A dancer uses their body as an expressive tool in the same way that a poet uses words. Each 45 minute session will consist of a 10 minute warm-up that introduces the basic […]

Martin Luther King, I have a Dream

This workshop uses dance choreography to teach young people that dance can be used to express powerful emotion. The students are taught a short piece of choreography that is part of a larger piece danced by Roxey Ballet to music and spoken word: Dr. Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream Speech.” After learning the […]


The popular story of butterfly metamorphosis, “The Very Hungry Caterpillar,” by Eric Carle, will be retold through dance. The use of scarves and selected music will enhance the students’ ability to clearly communicate the four stages. Curriculum: Study of insects, reading, arts education Residency Length: 2 days Materials Fee: None Melissa Roxey Dance & Movement […]

Stories From Around The World

Students will retell a tale or myth from a chosen country through story enactment and dance. The objective is to show students how dance can be a powerful way of communicating and how the language of dance is universal. Teachers are able to choose the country. The tale or myth chosen will be based on […]


This workshop uses dance choreography and characterization to teach young people about the interpersonal dynamics of a situation in which one student is physically bullied by another student with a third student as a bystander. Workshop participants are divided into groups of three. The students are taught a short dance sequence for each character and […]

Where Dance and Music Meet: Boomwhackers Percussion Tubes

This one day residency will explore the physicality of rhythm with “boomwhackers” percussion tubes. Following a dance warm up and percussion practice, students will participate in creating different rhythmic patterns and structures using the plastic tubes. Choreographic elements of unison, cannon and opposition will also be explored. The session will culminate in the creation of […]

Introduction to Capoeira

Capoeira is an Afro-Brazilian art form that combines elements of dance, martial arts, acrobatics, music and the Portuguese language. This residency will give students the opportunity to participate in all aspects of Capoeira while simultaneously promoting an active, healthy lifestyle. Balance, coordination, endurance, self-expression and respect are just a few of the countless benefits Capoeira […]