Event Date(s): June 9, 2013 -
13:00 to 16:00

Location: Miami Valley Ballet Theatre, 228 Court Street, Hamilton, OH 45011


About the Workshop
Miami Valley Ballet Theatre of Hamilton, Ohio will offer a three hour professional development seminar. This session is appropriate for K-12 dance and other core academic educators and administrators, dance artists, college students. Michelle and Kodee will share how the 2012 Ohio Dance Learning Standards can be integrated with core curriculum to enhance any learning environment for all learning abilities, including Autism. We will share our experiences with our adoption of the Dance Standards and how they complement our existing curriculum.  Michelle and Kodee will focus on storytelling with the use of interactive movement, creative impulse, and traditional ballet mime in order to demonstrate how movement can augment the learning process so that students gain a deeper understanding not only of self but how it interacts and impacts the experience of others.

About the Presenters
Michelle Davis is the Artistic Director of the Miami Valley Ballet Theatre, a community ballet company located in Hamilton Ohio. This now 120 student company came under Michelle’s direction 4 years ago, and has seen tremendous growth since then. Students include dancers ages 2 through adults participating in ballet, pointe, modern, and tap classes. Michelle began her dance training at the age of 4 under Janet Carelton Provenzano, in Mt. Healthy Ohio and continued classes through college. In addition to dancing her entire life, Michelle holds an undergraduate degree in Elementary Education and a Master’s of Arts in teaching from Miami University. Weaving both her educational expertise and dance technique into classes allows her to share two of her passions with all of her students.

Kodee Van Nort is dedicated to making dance accessible for everyone. Her love for movement took her on an academic journey of technical prowess, performance, and choreography. She holds a BA, University of Wyoming where she became the first to earn a Teaching Assistantship as an undergrad and a MFA, Sam Houston State University. She has an eclectic performing experience which includes Ad Hoc, Manchester England and Contemporary Dance Theater, Cincinnati. Currently, Kodee teaches at St. Xavier High School, Miami Valley Ballet Theatre, and Cincinnati Ballet.

Certificate of Participation is available and may be submitted for 3 hours of CEU credit.

For more information and to register contact Erin Hoppe, 614.241.5325

Presented in partnership with 

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Miami Valley Ballet Theatre

Funding for the workshop is provided by:

Ohio Department of Education

VSA at The Kennedy Center