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Creative Movement

Offerings Education Main 11
  • Culture | Cross Culture
  • Format | Workshop, After School Program
  • Discipline | Dance, Theatre, Storytelling
  • Level | Grades 3 to 5, Grades 6 to 8

Students explore how rhythm, improvisation, body posture, and gesture are physically developed to express an idea or a story. As a means of communication, body movement is its own language--a significant component of which is its creative expression. Collaborations and presentations are shared and discussed throughout.

Artists

Jerbean Gilkes

Jerbean Gilkes is a dance teacher and choreographer based in New York City. Jerbean has been a member of Symphony Space’s Global Arts program since 1989, as a part of the African dance curriculum. He specializes in year-long residencies at public schools primarily in Brooklyn. Jerbean is a former member of Barbados Dance Theatre Company and the Gallman’s Newark Dance Company and has worked with the Carribean Dance Company in St. Croix. Jerbean has taught in New York City public schools as well as local colleges. He has been a member of the Charles Moore Dance Theatre since 1986.

Regina Larkin

Regina Larkin is internationally recognized as a master teacher, dancer, and choreographer representing the U.S.I.A. “Good Will” missions throughout Latin America, Europe, Asia and Iraq. She has developed and implemented numerous urban and rural arts programs for underserved populations of youth and schools. She is the Manager of Education Programs at Symphony Space and is a graduate of Adelphi University receiving her BA in Dance and MA in Fine Arts and was a professor of dance for over two decades.

Vickie Tanner

Vickie Tanner is a writer and actress of stage and screen. Vickie is part of the original American cast of the critically-acclaimed STOMP, in addition to joining the National and European tours of the production. She acted in the world premiere of TANTALUS, written by John Barton and directed by Ed Hall and Sir Peter Hall. She holds a B.F.A in Theatre from the California State University at Long Beach, and studied the Meisner technique with Maggie Flanigan in New York City.

Caren Calder

Caren Calder is a native of Harlem with a BS in Dance from SUNY Brockport. Caren has been working with Symphony Space’s Global Arts program since 1989, specializing in African music and dance. Caren has a dance repertoire ranging from modern and improvisational dance to West African dance. She has performed with the Chuck Davis Dance Company, Forces of Nature Dance Company, and Harambee Dance Company. Caren is a member of Women of the Calabash, founded by Madeleine Yayodele Nelson, which has brought her vocal and percussion talents to Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, and Symphony Space.

Rachel Kara Perez

Rachel Kara Perez is an award-winning singer and theatre artist based in New York City. Rachel Kara is a new addition to the Symphony Space Global Arts faculty. As a teaching artist, she is involved with a number of organizations, using theatre, music, and dance to educate and uplift New York City and immigrant youth. Rachel Kara’s musical repertoire ranges from classical to Afro-Cuban Jazz, and she has appeared as a featured vocalist in concert at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center Out Of Doors, Jazz at Lincoln Center, and Brooklyn Academy of Music. Rachel Kara views teaching as her activism, and the arts as an invaluable social justice tool to build community, promote critical thinking, and ultimately to foster empathy. Rachel Kara received her BA from Marymount Manhattan College and her Master of Music in Classical Voice from Manhattan School of Music.