Program Overview

Classroom ARTS Connect is an in-depth educational outreach program designed to engage minds and spark imaginations of students in the Turlock Unified School District.

Classroom ARTS Connect emphasizes the process of creating art, as well as the product of that process: the performance.  

Classroom ARTS Connect integrates the Draft Standards for Visual and Performing Arts and stresses literacy through the arts to enhance reading and comprehension skills.

Classroom ARTS Connect is a three-part program:

1) Pre-Lesson is taught to individual classes, one at a time.

  • History and background of the art, artist, and/or subject is initially introduced, both visually and verbally.
  • Experiential movement activities will follow which incorporate the art, artist, or subject.
  • Students may experience learning a dance sequence, creating movement sequences, using props, creating/writing/telling stories.
  • Lessons are designed as a bridge between the student’s general curriculum and the artistic experience in which they will participate, using grade-appropriate teaching methods

2) Performance is presented for an audience of students that have had the pre-lesson.

  • Students see a one-hour performance by ONE Dance Company, integrating visual and performing arts connecting to the pre-lesson. Students experience artists in a performance setting.
  • The performance will reflect and make connections to the pre-lesson. 
  • A question, answer, and experiential session will follow each performance.
  • The performance component can take place at the school site (see Technical Requirements) or at the Carnegie Arts Center if transportation can be arranged.
  • Performances held at the Carnegie Arts Center can include a visit with a docent in the exhibition gallery if desired.

3) Post-Lesson is taught to individual classes, one at a time.

  • Back in their classrooms, teachers and students are asked to complete an evaluation form with simple questions about the performance. The assessment questions encourage students to think critically about the process, product and performance.
  • A program coordinator will visit the classrooms to help students analyze their reactions to the performance past the “I like it” stage and help to spark and improve the articulation of critical thinking.
  • The lesson will end with a movement activity that connects the pre-lesson activity to the choreography of the performance.

 Dance education in the schools is important because it develops kinesthetic intelligence. This intelligence is echoed in other aspects of students’ lives. Sometimes dance permits humans to express, communicate, and understand ideas, feelings, and things they could not say or understand in other ways. When students receive dance education, they learn information and ways of thinking that complement other subjects. The outcomes of dance education can contribute to education reform and the achievement of the National Education Goals as students learn in, about, and through dance.


~Judith Lynne Hanna, PH.D,

excerpt from her book “Partnering Dance and Education”

For Pricing and Scheduling call

(209) 632-5761  |  |