Project Pivot

A Re-imagining of Open Dance Project Educational Performances, Workshops, and Teacher Training for the Virtual Space

Photos by Lynn Lane. Videography by Ben Doyle. Performances shot at MATCH.

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

Open Dance Project presents its adaptation of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz broken up into 5-8 minute chapters for use in Pre K – 12th grade classrooms, remote learners, and homeschool groups. Featuring spoken and captioned text adapted from L. Frank Baum’s original novel, dance, aerial silks, and physical comedy, this performance is a great way to bring the arts into your school or home learning environment. For the youngest learners, the performances are engaging entertainment. For the advanced dance, theater, or composition student, the performances are examples of adaptation and performance of literature and engagement of relevant social and political themes of both Baum’s time and our contemporary experience.

ENGINuity!…Or Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Engines!

In this STEAM based family audiences show, Open Dance Project teaches “everything you ever wanted to know about engines” through dance, acrobatics, circus arts, and physical theater. Video by Ben Doyle of BEND Productions. Directed by Annie Arnoult. Featuring Joshua DeAlba, Brittany Deveau, Taylor McAnulty, Seth McPhail, Cameo Miller, Alisa Mittin, Joseph Stevens, and Jaime Vergara. Sound Design by Bryan Ealey. Lighting Design by Hudson Davis. Original music by Kirk Suddreath. Production Management by Christina Maley. Managing Director, Robin Anderson. This production is for educational use only. Houston Schools: Please contact Robin Anderson, ODP Managing Director robin@opendanceproject.org if you are interested in receiving curriculum materials related to this program.

These beloved educational performances are broken up into short “brain break” length segments with accompanying participatory activities led by Open Dance Project’s artistic director and dancers/dance educators. These “brain breaks” build and expand on the performances’ core-curricular ties (social studies, reading language arts, science, engineering, math) coupled with social emotional learning components in time-sensitive segments that teachers can choose to present as stand-alone art bursts or as centerpieces to integrated arts lesson plans that spiral outwards from them. Project Pivot also offers professional development webinars for Pre K-12 classroom teachers focused on arts integration lesson planning and arts-based classroom management tools. Please let us know if you are interested in our designing a professional development workshop for your teachers by contacting robin@opendanceproject.org.

The following funders have made this possible: Arts Connect’s Art Action Fund, the Texas Commission on the Arts, The Strake Foundation, The Brown Foundation, the Greater Houston Community Foundation and many, many individuals donors who gave generously during our 2020 end of year appeal. We are so grateful for everyone’s support to make these resources free to teachers and students!