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Residency Descriptions

NJPAC brings the joy of dance, music and theater directly into your classroom with In-School Programs. Our Teaching Artists create stimulating performing arts experiences that engage student’s imaginations and encourage their creative self-expression. Residency participation strengthens cooperative skills, develops discipline, and builds self-confidence.

Benefits of NJPAC In-School Residencies:

  • All programs address National and State Standards
  • NJPAC is the regional provider in the state for National Arts Education Programs
  • NJPAC provides an In-School Coordinator to help you fully integrate the residency into your school
  • NJPAC trains their arts faculty

NATIONAL PROGRAMS:

NJPAC is the only regional provider in the state of NJ for two national arts education programs!

National Partnership Programs

Early Learning Through the Arts©: New Jersey Wolf Trap Program

WolfTrap_FdtnHoriz_4c-1024x235.jpgTransform your Pre-K to K grade classroom with performing arts experiences that inspire new ways of thinking and learning. NJPAC teaching artists work directly with teachers and students to weave music, movement and drama into daily language arts, math, and/or science lessons, with a custom approach tailored to each classroom's needs. The NJ Wolf Trap Residency Program accomplishes these goals by conducting professional development for early childhood educators in their own classrooms in conjunction with engaging and artful activities for children.

Grades PreK-K
Class Size: Up to 20 students
For 7 weeks: $2,400
For 1 week: $1,025
Curriculum Areas: Language Arts/Literacy, STEM, Social and Emotional Development, Visual and Performing Arts

Dancing Classrooms™

FY17 Dancing Classrooms Logo.pngIn Dancing Classrooms™ students in grades 5 and 8 learn essential life skills -- including teamwork, elegance, and respect -- through the practice of ballroom dancing. This residency will take them on a whirlwind tour of ballroom and social dances from around the world, including the tango, waltz, swing, and more.

Grades 5 and 8
Class Size: Up to 20 students
For 10 weeks: $2,950
Curriculum Areas: Dance, Health and Physical Education, English Language Arts, Social Studies

Colors of the Rainbow Team Match

Fifth-grade students who take part in the Dancing Classrooms™ program have the option of participating in the Colors of the Rainbow Team Match. Six ladies and six gentlemen from residency classrooms are selected to represent their school in pursuit of the Grand Finale Trophy at NJPAC's Victoria Theater in late spring. Space is limited.

Grades 5
$200 entrance fee

Mercer Musical Theater Program

tumblr_static_jmf_logotype_large_pos_100k_square.jpgStudents create their own Musical by learning the history of the genre and how to bring their original piece alive through performance. Middle school students from schools in the Greater Newark area will be chosen to participate. The 10-week program is led by seasoned teaching artists who bring a wealth of knowledge and performance experience into the classroom. The program ends with a culminating performance of all participating students at NJPAC.

Grades 6-8
Class Size: Up to 20 students
There is no fee to participate in the program. Application Deadline: TBD
Curriculum Areas: English Language Arts, Performing Arts (Theater, Dance, Music)

Disney Musicals in Schools

disney-musicals-in-schools-logo.pngDisney Musicals in Schools helps to keep the arts in schools and utilizes the unique world of musical theater to build positive relationships among students, faculty, staff, parents and the community. Five schools in the 2018-2019 school year will participate in a 17-week after-school musical theater residency guided by NJPAC teaching artists who are trained by NJPAC and Disney Theatrical Group. The program ends with a Student Share Celebration at NJPAC in the spring of 2019.

Grades 3-5
Class Size: Up to 20 students
There is no fee to participate in the program. Application Deadline: TBD
Curriculum Areas: English Language Arts, Social Studies, Visual and Performing Arts

Dance

Program Packages
15 to 19 one-hour sessions plus a culminating performance at the school

Accompanist during sessions

Fulfillment of NJ Core Curriculum Content Standards

Movement Matters
Students experiment with rhythm, tempo, shapes, levels and more while developing locomotive skills and creative expression. They will explore concepts such as space, time and energy through creative movement in this residency geared toward grades 1–5.

Grades 1-5
Class Size: Up to 30 students
Fee per residency: $2,400, 8-week; $2,950, 10-week
Curriculum Areas: Dance, Music, Health and Physical Education, Science, Math

Tap Dance
You'll have a classroom full of happy feet with this high-energy residency that focuses on rhythm tap and strengthens musicality, improvisation, and timing. Professional teaching artists and students will dance their way through the history of this iconic American art form as they explore the syncopation skills of tap legends from Fred Astaire to Savion Glover.

Grades 3–12
Class Size: Up to 30 students
Fee per residency: : $3,500, 8-week; $4,050 10-week
Curriculum Areas: Dance, Music, Health and Physical Education, Math

 

 

Hip Hop

Hip-Hop Dance
Through our Hip Hop Dance residency, students experience and engage in this dynamic and popular art form. The program explores the impact of this East Coast-led movement and their contributions to youth culture. Students will come away from this program with an understanding of Hip Hop dance technique and history, as well as contribute to and perform in a dance number.

Grades 6–12
Class Size: Up to 30 students
Fee per residency: : $2,400, 8-week; $2,950, 10-week
Curriculum Areas: Dance, Music, Social Studies, Health and Physical Education

Hip-Hop Institute
Students in grades 6-12 explore the roots of an American art form that has inspired generations of young people and transformed the landscape of numerous global cultures. By focusing on the five elements of hip hop -- (1) DJing; (2) Graffiti; (3) Emceeing; (4) Break Dancing; and (5) Knowledge of Self -- students will gain an understanding of how young people just like themselves created a movement that changed the world.

Grades 6–12
Class Size: Up to 30 students
Fee per residency: : $3,500, 8-week; $4,050, 10-week
Curriculum Areas: Theater, Dance, Music, Social Studies, English Language Arts

Jazz

Instrumental Jazz 
Get your classroom swinging with a residency that immerses students in the technique, history, and language of jazz. Professional musicians collaborate with music educators to present fun, interactive lessons that strengthen students' performance and improvisation skills while deepening their knowledge of this uniquely American art form.
Fee per residency: $2,400, 8-week; $2,950, 10-week; $825, 1-week

Vocal Music 
Whether your student's dream of being on The Voice or of singing at the Met, this residency is for you. A professional teaching artist will help young vocalists explore the potential of their voices and develop skills including proper breathing and air support, posture, range extension and tone quality.
Fee per residency: $2,400, 8-week; $2,950, 10-week; $825, 1-week

Theater

Program Packages
15 to 19 one-hour sessions plus a culminating performance at the school

Fulfillment of NJ Core Curriculum Content Standards

Explore-A-Story
Literary classics and historical events come to life in Explore-A-Story, a residency in which students learn through creative storytelling. Geared toward grades 1–5, this program helps young storytellers deepen their understanding of story structure and character development as they work together to write and perform their own tales.
Grades 1–5
Class Size: Up to 30 students
Fee per residency: $2,400, 8-week; $2,950, 10-week; $825, 1-week
Curriculum Areas: Language Arts, Social Studies, Theater

Devised Theater
Students in grades 6-12 hone their acting, playwriting and cooperation skills as they create an original theater piece. In devised theater, the script originates from a collaborative, improvisational process, which students are led through by a professional teaching artist.
Grades 6–12
Class Size: Up to 30 students
Fee per residency: $2,400, 8-week; $2,950, 10-week; $825, 1-week
Curriculum Areas: English Language Arts, Theater

Poetic Justice
This residency encourages young people to find their voice by writing poetry about issues that are important to them and their communities. In addition to developing writing skills, students will learn to present their poetry with confidence and style.
Grades 6–12
Class Size: Up to 30 students
Fee per residency: $2,400, 8-week; $2,950 10-week; $825, 1-week
Curriculum Areas: Theater, Language Arts, Social Studies

Musical Theater
Students get triple-threat training (voice, dance and acting) in a residency that immerses them in Broadway's greatest hits -- from the Golden Age of musical theater to the popular shows of today. Young performers work with professional teaching artists and accompanists to develop creative expression and build the collaborative skills needed to work as an ensemble.
Grades 3–12
Class Size: Up to 30 students
Fee per residency: $3,500, 8-week; $4,050 10-week
Curriculum Areas: Dance, Music, Theater, English Language Arts, Social Studies

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