The Joe Goode Performance Group education program begins with the certainty that people of all ages have important and illuminating things to say, questions to ask and ways to creatively contribute. JGPG offers its young community the opportunity to train with company members and create original dance theatre works using JGPG’s innovative creative methodologies. We offer techniques that tune, align, and entrain the body to itself and its surroundings with the understanding that community building, empathy promotion, social awareness and engagement all start within ourselves in our immediate physical experience of being embodied. Students will then be guided in JGPG’s signature integration of text, voice, and dynamic movement to collaboratively create performances that reflect the company’s values of empathy, community, and the belief that theatre can create transformational experiences. The JGPG youth programming is created to facilitate a vibrant, age appropriate learning experience guided by the following goals:
Henry J. Kaiser Elementary, Oakland CA
Dance classes, Oct 2014
Age: 4th and 5th Grade
Students will be introduced to the basic elements of dance as well as JGPG methods of combining text, song and movement to craft a shared story exploring themes of empathy, connection and personal creativity. Taught by JGPG Teaching Artists.
Everett Middle School, San Francisco, CA (a partnership with Mission Graduates)
Dance classes, Oct 2014
Age: 6th – 8th Grade
Students will be introduced to the basic elements of dance as well as JGPG methods of combining personally devised text, song and movement to craft shared compositions exploring themes that arise in their creative explorations with an emphasis on empathy and connection. Taught by JGPG Teaching Artists.
Boys and Girls Club – Mission Clubhouse
Weekly dance classes
Ongoing weekly class introducing students to the elements of dance and engage them in finding their own creative voices.
SFArtsED Fall/Winter Saturday Immersion
October and December 2014
This immersive training is intended to introduce students to the unique methods used by JGPG to create dance theater. Additionally, it will prepare students who want to participate in the Spring New Works program. This will be an opportunity for a large group of middle school students to encounter the process of creating dynamic work from their own personal and shared investigation. An emphasis will be placed on the power of collaboration as the context for creative innovation.
SFArtsED New Works Program
March 29th – April 3rd, 2015
During this intensive one week program at the Joe Goode Annex, students work with JGPG company members to create a new dance theater work. Click here to see what students created last year!
Inspired Bodies 2015 (in partnership with SFArtsED)
Two week workshop, TBD
Inspired Bodies participants dance, sing and create. They surprise themselves with their own imaginations. Maybe they’ll grow a tail or discover their superpowers, find their voice or color in their own stories. Guided and taught by JGPG company members and teaching artists, this workshop interweaves body and mind and activates the physical imagination. Students are encouraged in the creation of their own unique movement vocabulary as well as collaborative construction of dances. The explorations culminate in an informal performance at the end of the session.
Caroline Alexander was born and raised in San Francisco and graduated with a degree in Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies from UC Berkeley. She is an active dancer and performer in the Bay Area, as well as a teacher of dance and the JGPG methodologies. Caroline has been teaching for the Joe Goode Performance Group youth programs since 2012.