Pulse Studios School Residencies

Mission

At Pulse Studios we know that education is critical in preserving the origins of Hip Hop dance and culture, which is often lost in the media’s interpretation. This is why we have developed a series of programs to reach youth and to teach them about Hip Hop and the culture that bears its name.

Our school residency program is designed to connect students to the many positive messages inherent in Hip Hop culture and to educate them about Hip Hop dance by building skills and techniques in breaking, popping, locking, Hip Hop party dances and choreography. This high energy dance program is extremely flexible and can meet the needs of elementary, junior high and high school students. Our approach emphasizes peace, love, respect, unity, knowledge and having fun, elements that make up the foundation of Hip Hop culture.

Class Description

Grades: K - 12
Featured Show: Something From Nothing (45 minutes) 
Dance Styles: Breaking, Popping, Hip Hop, House Dance & Locking

During the residency we would ideally teach each student every day so that we have the maximum time for instruction. The classes are designed to engage students in a fun, safe environment and to promote the acquisition of skills that are specific to Hip Hop and Street Dance. In most cases the class programming is designed around regular Physical Education classes offered at your school but this can be adjusted to fit the needs of your school as you deem best. A qualified instructor will lead your students through warm up, share history and teach fundamental techniques from a broad range of urban dance styles. 

We have several options to consider when booking a residency with Pulse Studios:

half or full day workshops

Healthy Body Healthy Mind:
Large emphasis on movement through learning Breaking, Hip Hop, House, Locking, and Popping techniques. Ties in with PhysEd.

Express Yourself:
Ties into the Fine Arts curriculum. We explore ways to express ourselves in visual forms by using Hip Hop dance techniques. The program is designed around improvisation, creating dance phrases and learning how to connect our thoughts and feelings with our physical body.

Immersion Into Hip Hop:
This module is designed to connect students to the many positive messages inherent in Hip Hop culture and to educate them about Hip Hop dance by building skills in breaking, popping, locking, Hip Hop party dances and choreography. This high energy dance program is extremely flexible and can meet the needs of elementary, junior high and high school students. We will focus on teaching authentic techniques in Breaking, Popping, locking and Hip Hop within the context of Hip Hop culture with an emphasis on peace, love, respect, unity, knowledge and having fun.

· Each workshop includes a sharing assembly on Friday afternoon where parents are invited to see the work that has been done and students share their accomplishments with each other.

One week dance residency

· One or two qualified instructors (dependent on class size).
· Every student receives five Hip Hop dance classes.
· Students will learn age appropriate skills and each class will have a different focus.
· Sharing assembly on Friday afternoon where parents are invited to see the work that has been done and students share their accomplishments with each other.

Two week dance residency

· One or two qualified instructors (dependent on class size).
· Every student receives ten Hip Hop dance classes.
· Students will learn age appropriate skills and each class will have a different focus.
· Sharing assembly on Friday afternoon where parents are invited to see the work that has been done and students share their accomplishments with each other.

Two week dance residency: focus on choreography

· Pulse Studios Creative Director, Tara Wilson will create a custom show based on your vision that will include all the students in two casts.
· Every student receives ten classes to learn and develop choreography.
· Each cast will perform the show on either consecutive nights or one in the afternoon of the final day and one in the evening of the final day, including dress rehearsal.
· Instructors will perform a special piece for the show.

Two week dance residency: focus on something from nothing

· Pulse Studios Creative Director, Tara Wilson and two instructors will work with students to recreate the show SOMETHING FROM NOTHING.
· Each student meets with instructors every day to learn a specific section of choreography in the show. Students will dance with the professional cast in the show.
· Students will work with through their personal stories of Zero and we will discuss our message with them: we all feel like Zero at some times in our lives and we all have different ways of moving forward from these moments. We are not alone in feeling this way. Students will learn abut the different personal stories of the dancers in the show and that these stories are real: never feeling good enough, suffering from bullying, not knowing one of your parents, not being able to commit to anything.
· The show will be in the evening outside of school hours, either on the Thursday or Friday evening at the end of the residency.

 

Featured Show: Something From Nothing

Something From Nothing (SFN) is a 45 minute school residency show full of laughter and awe. SFN explores the personal stories of four characters who find their way from zero through storytelling and dance. SFN is inspired by the traditions of Hip Hop culture, of creating art from what is around you – including yourself! Becoming the best person you can be, overcoming your personal obstacles, and finding joy and fulfillment are central themes of the show. Not only will you see the dancers share their personal experiences but get ready to see some amazing dancing across the spectrum of what is known as Hip Hop and street dance! We will share music and dance in breaking, popping, locking, house, stepping and stomp!

The show can be performed in theatres or gymnasiums. Don’t miss having the show at your next school assembly!

 

Pulse Studios Presents Something From Nothing, a Hip Hop theatre show for all ages.

Written and directed by Tara Wilson & Lana Skauge
Choreography by Tara Wilson In collaboration with Anthony 'YNot' Denaro, Kate 'Lynx' Alsterlund, Jonny 'Quest' Linton & Josiah 'Siah' Go
Stomp choreography by Troy Sexton

 
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As a teacher of some of the most at-risk students in a school where socio economic barriers are present, I contacted Pulse studios to see what type of experiences they could offer our students. Meeting with the director, Tara Wilson, was a heart warming experience. Her passion for the arts, and dance in particular, combined with her understanding of how this form of expression could change children’s lives was an opportunity we could not turn down. Tara and her team of instructors came into our school and worked with our staff to develop a show which was personalized for every single student in our building. Through writing our Zero stories, the students opened up about times when they did not feel so good about themselves. With their Zero stories in mind, students developed and learned dance moves to express their feelings. The instructors were warm, patient and passionate about listening and helping the students find a way to express these emotions in the form of dance, all while building confidence that they could over come any barriers that they faced. After the two weeks were over, teachers commented on how students were now confident and excited to perform, when in the beginning many were very nervous and afraid. Our whole school performance included every child and the event was the most successful evening concert in years. Working with Tara and her team has directly impacted every student in our building. Words cannot express our gratitude.
— Tania Brown, Bridges Teaches, G.W. Skene

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