Valerie Branch
Wednesday, March 24 @ 3:30PM – 4:30PM
Pay what you can • credit hours: 1

COMMUNITY OF MOVERS: Encouraging and Managing Thoughtful Movement in the Classroom

In this workshop, participants will explore the elements of dance and specific movement strategies that will empower educators to use and facilitate movement-led teaching and learning. Participants will learn how dance fosters classroom community development and engagement by setting classroom expectations and creating a fun learning environment while connecting to the core curriculum.

Recommended for Early Childhood Educators: Pre-K to Grade 2

Valerie Branch, Wolf Trap Master Teaching Artist

Valerie Branch became a Wolf Trap artist in 2014 and provides residencies in early childhood classrooms. She has experience touring as a performing and teaching artist both nationally and internationally. She has taught as an independent artist and with different organizations such as WPAS and Young Audiences of Maryland. As a teaching artist, Valerie brought dance into schools in South Africa and St. George’s, Grenada, and also received an invitation from the Danish Embassy to participate in a Cultural Arts Exchange Program visit to Denmark. Valerie graduated magna cum laude from the University of Maryland College Park with a bachelor’s degree in dance. She is the founder and artistic director of VB Dance Ensemble, a professional contemporary company focused on bringing social and cultural awareness and change through the power of dance.