ARUP 309

Minds in Motion: Movement as a Tool for Curriculum

The USF Dance Program works with children at Colegio Miguel Pro in Tacna, Peru, with a focus on teaching academic curriculum through movement. Working closely with classroom teachers, the USF team creates a series of movement classes for 1st to 6th grades, addressing the curriculum units that each class is studying. Class material ranges from multiplication to geometry, history to poetry, body systems to earth habitats. In addition, after-school rehearsals are held daily to prepare for an end of session performance. This performance provides a culminating experience and an opportunity to celebrate the creative contribution and personal growth of everyone involved. The Minds in Motion course in Tacna, Peru, emphasizes that movement and creativity can be powerful tools in deconstructing economic and cultural barriers, creating new levels of understanding amongst people of different backgrounds and cultures.

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