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Sarah Morrison

Dance/Movement MorrisonDance
Home Cuyahoga Berea Ohio
Website: www.morrisondance.com

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Biography

Sarah Morrison began her professional career at the age of sixteen with Lee Harper & Dancers (Atlanta, GA). She relocated to Cleveland upon receiving the Creative Achievement Award for choreography to attend Case Western Reserve University (CWRU). At CWRU, she earned her BA in Theater Arts and Psychology (minoring in Biology), as well as her MA in Psychology. While establishing her dance company, Morrison worked as a behavioral researcher in the Visual Perception lab at CWRU, where she co-authored several scientific papers funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

An avid collaborator, Morrison has cultivated partnerships with some of the area’s most fascinating artists and organizations including NASA, BrainMaster, moCa, and Ingenuity Cleveland. She has been honored with the OhioDance Award for “Outstanding Contributions to the Advancement of the Artform,” and the Ohio Arts Council’s Individual Excellence Award for Interdisciplinary work. Her company, MorrisonDance, has additionally been supported by the Rauschenberg Foundation (NYC), the Puffin Foundation (NJ), and Cuyahoga Arts & Culture for their community involvement and interdisciplinary approach. Morrison is an adjunct professor in Psychology at Baldwin Wallace University and in Dance at Cuyahoga Community College. She has additionally developed dance programs integrating science and math standards for preK-12 through the Center for Arts-Inspired Learning.

An award-winning choreographer and dancer, Morrison’s programs are informed by her scholarly work in developmental psychology, and her goal to encourage students to learn through exploration and discovery using movement games and techniques. Her creative and educational work stems from the belief that all of life is interdisciplinary.

The award of this badge shows that the artist participated in a two-day workshop at the Center for Arts-Inspired Learning that focused on understanding arts integration, domains of youth development, behavior management, academic and fine arts standards, outcomes and indicators, and learning strategies and activities. The earner developed a program plan to apply these concepts in their work with students, earning a score of 75% or greater related to specific scoring criteria.The award of this badge, “Behavior Management: A Guide to Creative Chaos,” is the third module in the Center for Arts-Inspired Learning’s (CAL) teaching artist professional development series that provides attendees an understanding of the ages and stages of all learners and adaptation skills for arts activities using the Universal Design for Learning. The earner has recognized physical, cognitive, social, and literacy development benchmarks specific to the different ages of students and has demonstrated an understanding of the students they will likely encounter to help determine ways to help manage their behaviors through the arts.

Grade Levels/Age Groups

  • PreK
  • Grades 1-3
  • Grades 4-5
  • Grades 6-8
  • Grades 9-12
  • Young Adult
  • Adult
  • Senior

Facilities and Resources Required

  • Audio system
  • Electrical outlets
  • Performance space (This can be achieved in a classroom by moving desks and chairs.)

Availability

Upon request

 

 

 

 

 

Videos courtesy of the teaching artist from the Center for Arts-Inspired Learning and OhioDance on YouTube.