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Musical Theater Arts

The theatre and dance offerings in the First Program emphasize personal expression while supporting curricular learning. The program allows for the students to view their subjects through an arts lens while simultaneously developing important life skills that will serve them throughout their lives.

In kindergarten, students use the tenets of creative movement to build imagination and to develop gross motor skills. Gender stereotypes are explored and broken down through the reimagining of fairy tales. The first grade creative movement program deepens skills learned in kindergarten with an emphasis on audience building. Students begin the process of reimagining stories through dance motifs.

The second grade program focuses on musical theatre. It is connected to the social studies and literacy curricula culminating in a musical dramatization of a piece of children’s literature that explores the different landmarks and neighborhoods of New York City.

Playwriting is the focus of the third grade theater arts curriculum. As a supplement to the creative writing occurring in the classrooms, students explore alternative means of written expression. They also capitalize on previously learned skills to more fully experience and understand the different theater projects in which they participate.
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    Justin Greer
    Dance/Theater Specialist - First Program
    (212) 423-5284
    Carnegie Mellon University - B.F.A.
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