Kerri Wilde firmly believes that dance builds community and that each dancer brings energy and creativity to each class, allowing them to collaborate to create a dance that is uniquely theirs. Kerri views her role in the dance process as to encourage the development of ideas, to encourage dancers to tell their stories through movement, and to provide a safe environment where all ideas are welcomed and encouraged. She believes dance can help students express their understanding of themselves and the world around them.
In an education environment, Kerri’s goal is to collaborate with teachers and show them how concepts from history, language arts, science, math and other art forms can be expressed through dance. Through her experience, Kerri has found that combining a movement with a basic idea from an academic subject provides the student with a deeper understanding of the topic. Her methodology provides a different point of view in which to view a topic. For example, if students want to create a dance from a poem, they need to understand the meaning of the poem and what movement and emotion give it life. In addition, dance helps the kinesthetic learners; a learning style which often is the most difficult for core subject teachers to incorporate into their lessons. Understanding each student’s learning style helps Kerri foster a learning environment that does not exclude any child from enjoying the learning process.
In addition to face-to-face learning, Kerri views the new challenge as helping to assist teachers in developing virtual lessons to aid in furthering the education of each child. Kerri’s knowledge of websites and YouTube videos in dance help her assist teachers who want to incorporate dance into their lesson plans. Kerri can collaborate with teachers and help them work with their students using Zoom, Google Classroom, Schoology, and PowerSchool. Kerri can also help teachers safely use apps such as FlipGrid to help connect students with their classmates.
Grade Levels/Age Groups
- Grades 1-3
- Grades 4-5
- Grades 6-8
- Grades 9-12
- Young Adult
Facilities and Resources Required
- Audio System
- Electrical Outlets
- Any space that can be made to move in