GO Arts: Dance Theatre Northwest offer free Lakewood show for arts education

Tacoma News TribuneJune 3, 2014 

Most arts organizations believe that arts education is important, and many offer free experiences for young people to back that up. This Friday Dance Theatre Northwest will offer their annual free “Arts Are Education” performance at Lakeview Hope Academy to teach young people about dance and its history, and give them a taste of live dance experience.

Members of the DTN company and guests will perform fully-costumed excerpts from ballet classics “Sleeping Beauty,” “Swan Lake” and “Paquita,” plus contemporary, Broadway, musical theater and jazz pieces, along with narration from DTN director Melanie Kirk-Stauffer, who’ll speak about dance in health, art, history, science, math, music and language, as well as explaining terminology and dance careers.

From the press release: “There is no substitute for real life experience, which in this case, also includes motor skills development, music appreciation, muscular development and a greater understanding of how the body works and moves through space. DTNW Board Members see this in-school performance, part of the Arts Are Education series, as an extension of what we already teach and practice at DTNW.”

The company also points out that studies show that arts education increases academic performance and developmental growth while deterring behavioral problems.

The performance is free and open to the public from 1:15-2:10 p.m. Friday June 6 at Lakeview Hope Academy Gymnasium, 10402 Kline St. SW, Lakewood. More information: 253-778-6534, dtnw.org

Rosemary Ponnekanti: 253-597-8568 rosemary.ponnekanti@thenewstribune.com

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