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Read To Learn...Dance To Move: African Dance

May 15, 2020, 130:pm

Let's Move!
Join us on DANCECleveland's Facebook Page at 1:30 pm, Friday May 15 as DANCECleveland's Read To Learn...Dance To Move Instructor, Desmond Davis, guides your child through our literacy and movement program designed for children ages 3-6.
Read To Learn...Dance to Move is a curriculum-based program that promotes language, literacy, and movement by engaging students through tactile learning, creative thinking, and imagination! Children will learn about a form of dance while promoting language and literacy development in young children through movement.

In this 30-minute class, our instructor will introduce movement and incorporate the children's book Drumbeat in Our Feet by Patricia A. Keeler and Júlio Leitão. The book leads to an exploration of the story and the dance form through virtual open-ended questions from the instructor. Next, the children experiment with movement. Finally, the instructor teaches a dance that retells the story and everyone will perform the new dance together at home.

Read to Learn... Dance To Move is a copyrighted program of DANCECleveland. Thank you to our generous program funders including The Ohio Arts Council, The Reinberger Foundation, The Bruening Foundation, & Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation.
Thanks to those of you who participated in our Read to Learn…Dance to Move class today! If you participated, please take this short survey to help us design further online events.

This program was designed as an 8-week program for the public school systems. To learn more about the program and getting it in your schools, visit:
Looking for more movement? We encourage parents to watch these other videos.

Online West African Dance with Maguette Camara:

Five (ish) Minute Dance Lesson - African Dance:

Learn African Dance Moves for Beginners:

Your Instructor: DESMOND L. DAVIS, Dance and Movement Independent Teaching Artist and Educator
A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Desmond began his career as a dancer trainee with Footpath Dance Ensemble under Alice Rubenstein, then continued training and performing with CSU Summerdance before becoming one of six original founding members of Cleveland Contemporary Dance Theatre (CCDT) from 1999-2007 performing works by Executive/Artistic Director, Michael Medcalf, Kris World, Dianne McIntyre, Gary Abbott, Shapiro & Smith, Peter Kalivas (PGK Project), Antonio Sisk and David Rousseve. He performed as a regular company member of Tremont-based company, Antaeus Dance under Founder and the Executive and Artistic direction of CWRU graduate, Joan Meggitt from 2007-2017. His diverse career path has allowed him to teach modern, social/ballroom, creative movement musical theater and wellness movement to many different levels and abilities, from pre-school to adult in studios, public and private school, colleges and universities like Hiram College and John Carroll University, theater and recreation center areas and integrate curriculum and movement through organizations like DanceCleveland, Playhouse Square and Kulture Kids. Now working as an Independent Dance and Movement Teaching Artist and Education and Outreach Coordinator for Shaker Heights-based contemporary ballet company, Verb Ballets, Desmond continues to focus on sharing lively, creative, accessible and educational movement to dancers of all ages. Desmond holds a B.A. in Drama with an emphasis in Dance from Kenyon College.


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