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Artist in Residency Programs

Time frame of Residency Program: 1 day (Min) to 8 days (Max). A combination of any number of days will be considered. Typically Residencies are set in 3, 5 or 8 day lengths. 

Ages: All grades (K-7) in Elementary School are eligible to dance and participate in the residency. All programs are delivered in an age-appropriate manner.

Pedagogy: Teddy operates from the perspective that children and youth have a remarkable capacity to do amazing things. Teddy builds an environment in which students are encouraged and expected to strive for excellence. He employs a strength-based approach, believing firmly that this is the most effective method to foster excellence in his students. Children may be struggling with many challenges facing them and their families, but Teddy has a trained awareness of the potentially challenging behaviours that are symptomatic of domestic distress; his experience has proved again and again that the best way to deal with these behaviours is with kindness and fairness. As an educator, setting a positive example is of tremendous importance; an exemplary role model can be one of the most effective ways to inspire positive change, and this is especially true for the young.

Teddy’s Education: Teddy’s BA in Child and Youth Care combined with his ever-increasing amount of working experience with children (Boys and Girls Club, Covenant House Vancouver, YMCA, Junior Youth Empowerment Programs, etc.) makes him an ideal facilitator and workshop leader. Teddy understands the importance of role modeling healthy relationships, of maintaining appropriate professional boundaries and, simply put, of being, Teddy tries to be the change he wants to see in the world. Since this change seeks peaceful change, Teddy has extensively studied conflict resolution, experience he brought to bear when, he facilitated a youth peace builder workshop that used hoop dance and its message to advocate peaceful global change.

Cost: Cost is determined by location, amount of students involved, length of residence program (see below for details) and school programming needs. For a quote please send us your location, how many students will be participating and the student’s age range.

Design your own Residency: Teddy has enough experience as a facilitator to design a custom-made Artist in Residence for your school. All you have to do is submit a request.

A Standard Framework for 1 Day Artist Residency:

Students build their own hoops using traditional guidelines. Students keep the hoops they make and take their hoops home at the end of the day. Students learn the history of the hoop dance and the sacredness of the art. Students also learn all the important cultural aspects required to learn hoop dancing. For ease of instruction and learning, students learn to dance with one hoop. Talented students who are eager to learn about dancing with more than one hoop are given the opportunity to do so.

Note: Schools can choose to have Teddy supply the hoops to students, which will decrease the cost of the residency.

A Standard Framework for 8 Day Artist Residency:

~ One 35 – 45min sessions per day per class. (up to 8 slots available daily).

Day 1: (CLASSROOM) Students build their own hoops using traditional guidelines. Students keep the hoops they make and take their hoops home at the end of the residency. Students learn the history of the hoop dance and the sacredness of the art. Students also learn all the important cultural protocol

Day 2: (DANCE SPACE/GYM) Students learn dancing techniques associated with hoop dancing performances as well as the importance of music. Student usually dance a period of 20-25min with talking/learning in between. For ease of instruction and learning, students learn to dance with one hoop.

Day 3: (DANCE SPACE/GYM) Student learn hoop dance techniques associated with 1-3 hoops. Students acquire the skills to use the hoops to make animal designs out of hoops. Students also learn hoop dance spinning techniques.

Day 4: (DANCE SPACE/GYM) Students learn hoop dancing techniques associated with 1-5 hoops. Students continue to build on the techniques established in the two days of prior instruction. At this point, students will have acquired enough understanding and skill to improvise their own dance and style. Music is played, and the students are given the opportunity to develop and practice their own moves (Teddy refers to this as a “freestyle session”). When students are trying their own moves, Teddy moves among the students, working one-on-one with students.

Day 5: (DANCE SPACE/GYM) Students choreograph a routine with Teddy’s help. Teddy initiates a brief conversation that focuses on the confidence required to perform, performance manners and stage etiquette.

Day 6: (DANCE SPACE/GYM) Students finalize their performances under Teddy’s watchful guidance.

Day 7: (PERFORM SPACE/ GYM) Students perform their rehearsed choreography in front of teachers and their fellow students. This is best done in the gym, theater or large public venue. Parents, community members and media outlets should be invited to support the students.

Day 8: (CLASSROOM) On the last day of the residency, Teddy provides a space where students can reflect on the experiences of the past week: what they have accomplished, what they found difficult or challenging and what they will take with them. Teddy provides create a reflection space to consider the importance of striving for excellence in one’s art and life. Teddy uses the hoop dance and the medicine wheel as reflective tools that can be used to peer into one’s own life and art, and, as tools, they have proved effective in assisting students to reach untold heights of personal and artistic excellence.

Keeler Elementary School – Reference Letter!