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Square Dance

Offerings Education Main 40
  • Culture | American History
  • Format | Workshop, Community Event
  • Discipline | Dance
  • Level | Grades 3 to 5, Grades 6 to 8, Grades 9 to 12

Swing your partner! Learn the pattern formations, memorization, steps, rhythms and peer interaction that have contributed to this dance’s enduring popularity. Students’ curiosity is aroused by the wealth of historical knowledge illustrating how social dance reflects the manners and mores of a time period. They are able to draw parallels between the square dance and social dances of today. Square dancing provides a way to move with precision, coordinate space and time, and have fun!

Artists

Barbara Barr

Barbara Barr focuses on recreating, performing and teaching historical dance from the Renaissance through the present. A graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a BA in English and honors in creative writing, her experience as a teaching artist includes the American Ballroom Theater Company, Lincoln Center Institute, Broadway Theater Institute, Young Audiences, and the Amherst Early Music Festival. Barbara’s mission is to be a guide as her students explore American History through the prism of dance.

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.