Community Based Learning
DANCE AT DORNSIFE
Drexel University dance program is partnering with the Dornsife Center for Community Partnerships to offer free dance classes to youth and seniors in West Philadelphia. Weekly dance classes will be taught by Drexel dance students and alumni and mentored by Drexel dance faculty to extend the physical, intellectual, creative and therapeutic aspects of dance to the community. Click here for more information about Dance at Dornsife.
WHEELCHAIR DANCE: HMS SCHOOL FOR CHILDREN WITH CEREBRAL PALSY
Wheelchair Dance: HMS School for Children with Cerebral Palsy is a weekly project conducted in collaboration with dance/movement therapist Rachel Federman-Morales. The program partners dancers from Drexel with wheelchair bound teenagers with cerebral palsy for a yearlong process to create dances that will be presented at HMS and the Youth Performance Exchange Matinee.
Wheelchair Dance in the News:
Lisa Thomas-Laury's segment aired on 6-abc's "Action News" on 6/3/14
The CBS-3 segment aired on Friday evening (5/30/14) and again on Saturday morning (5/31/14). Clips below:
The Philadelphia Daily News' feature story 5/30/14
Philadelphia City Paper's story 5/29/14
KYW Newsradio 1060-AM
DREXEL UNIVERSITY YOUTH PERFORMANCE EXCHANGE (YPE)
The Drexel University Youth Performance Exchange is an umbrella organization that provides several outreach opportunities for students interested in informing and engaging young people through the art of dance including involvement in the Touring Ensemble, Residency Program, and Matinee performance. For more information click here.
(YPE) TOURING ENSEMBLE
The Youth Performance Exchange Touring Ensemble, comprised of dance students at Drexel University, offers free assembly programs to students across Philadelphia. Ensemble members perform for the students, lead a series of improvisational structures, facilitating a communal experience for the young movers, and close with a question and answer session. The Touring Ensemble models its curriculum after the South Street Dance Company's Young Audiences Ensemble created by Ellen Forman.
YPE RESIDENCY PROGRAM
During the spring term the YPE Residency Program assign small groups of Drexel dancers to develop choreography with middle school students throughout the city. This weekly collaborative process fosters artistic development and culminates with a finished dance work to be presented at the Youth Performance Matinee in June.
The Youth Performance Exchange Matinee showcases all of the diverse and transformative dance works created through the Youth Performance Exchange. Presented in early June in the Mandell Theater, the students from the Residency Program and Wheelchair Dance perform for a sold-out audience of Philadelphia school students.