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At Meany Center, we believe arts education should start young and last a lifetime.

Despite the extraordinary restrictions on live performances this season, we remain committed to providing arts enrichment activities for children that are not only educational but joyful, creative and exciting is perhaps the greatest service Meany Center can deliver to our community. We are working with a fantastic variety of artists this season to plan asynchronous learning programs. These virtual lessons will be available to teachers, parents or students anytime within the listed event dates. 

For more information, please email us at: mcengage@uw.edu.


 

Dance with MMDG: Mozart Dances

Tuesday, March 23 at 4 p.m. (This livestream event has ended)

A virtual workshop for all ages and levels, led by a Mark Morris Dance Group company member and featuring excerpts from Mark Morris’ beloved Mozart Dances


 

Martha Graham Dance Company:
The Dancer Revealed

FREE. Online. Available through May 31, 2021

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This short documentary, suitable for all ages, tells the story of Martha Graham’s evolution as a dancer. Rare archival photographs and film footage showcase her unique style as a dancer and choreographer. Interspersed with narration by Artistic Director Janet Eilber, this is complemented by recent footage of “Lamentations” and “Chronicle: Prelude to Action,” both seminal works by this iconic artist that remain relevant to this day.


 

Ragamala Dance Company:
Basics of Bharatanatyam with Ranee Ramaswamy

FREE. Online. Available through May 31, 2021
Target age group: 3rd–5th grade students (all ages welcome)

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Basics of Bharatanatyam with Ranee Ramaswamy is now available for steaming! We hope that you thoroughly enjoy this introduction to the South Indian dance form of Bharatanatyam with Ragamala Dance Company! .

Learn how to perform one of India’s oldest classical dance traditions — with a modern twist! In this 30-minute video, members of Ragamala Dance Company will tell you about Bharatanatyam and show you how they have incorporated their own aesthetic as first-generation Indian-Americans to create something altogether new.

And parents, be prepared to join your students for this workshop. Ragamala is led by Artistic Director Ranee Ramaswamy and her daughters Aparna and Ashwini — proof that dance is a family affair. In addition to the video, Meany Center will provide a Teaching Guide and additional teaching resources to all registered teachers or parents.

Before diving into the video, we recommend exploring the study guide created by Ragamala Dance Company to learn more about Bharatanatyam and the history of the company. If you’re looking for more, Ragamala Dance Company also created an educational guide for the Kennedy Center and filmed a #Concertsforkids for the Lincoln Center that are both excellent resources.

Bharatanatyam Study Guide


 

ONLINE — Playful Composition with Third Coast Percussion

FREE. Online. Available through May 31, 2021 

Grammy-winning percussion ensemble Third Coast Percussion is offering Meany Center’s audiences and school partners a unique program designed especially for youth, thanks to the generous support of Chamber Music America. 

Sonic Scavenger Hunt Composition: Our Sonic Homes is an original video composition developed by Third Coast Percussion with recorded sounds submitted by students from their homes. Sonic Scavenger Hunt provided the ideas and instructions for creating percussion sounds at home for this project in December 2021.