Garri Dance Studio, located in Burbank, was founded in 1958 by Peg Garri. Peg was a talented, well-rounded dancer who worked as an MGM Stock Dancer alongside popular entertainers such as Shirley Temple and Donald O’Connor. Now in their seventh decade, Garri Dance Studio has provided opportunities for students of all ages to participate in quality performing arts classes. GDS has earned the Burbank’s “Best Dance Studio” Award continuously since 2007 according to the Burbank Leader Reader's Choice Poll.
GDS is an enrollment studio, running on an academic calendar with a year end, fully costumed stage performance every June. Dance, music and musical theatre lessons are offered for all ages and levels, toddler through adult, beginners to advanced students. Dance classes include ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, musical theatre, hip hop, contemporary & mommy and me. Piano, voice and guitar lessons are also offered. Teaching staff is made up of a diverse group of choreographers and dance educators with a wide range of experience from professional dance company members to industry professionals.
In 2002, under the artistic direction of Megan Baade (also voted “Best Dance Teacher” by the Burbank Leader Reader’s Choice Poll), curriculum was expanded to incorporate the Visual & Performing Arts Standards for off-site dance programs. For over a decade, Garri Dance Studio has partnered with many Burbank Unified Schools offering customized After School Programs, Artist in Residencies both in person and virtual, as well as Professional Development Workshops for BUSD Staff. Through its BUSD partnerships, Garri Dance Studio has continually sponsored Burbank Unified Students each year, currently almost $7,000 per year, and growing.
Garri Dance Studio is conveniently located in the heart of the beautiful Magnolia Park District in Burbank. Thoughtfully designed and renovated to better suit the needs of its growing student base, the studio offers three dance rooms with sprung wood dance floors, exposed brick, natural light, high beam ceilings, ballet barres and mirrors.
TK, Kindergarten and 1st Grade Curriculum Laura Walter - Music
Education Through Music is a language-based program in which song, movement and interactive play promote emotional, social, cognitive and musical developments. It is the study of artful teaching and the process of learning. Based on English language songs, it is designed to promote the study of sound and the acquisition of language. Together with movement, these build the imagaic system and symbolization processes, thereby laying the foundation for the building of intelligence.
Laura Walter received a Master of Music degree in Flute Performance from the University of Kentucky. She studied flute with various members of the Cincinnati Symphony, New York Philharmonic and the London Symphony. She serves on the faculty of Westmont College and also performs with the Santa Barbara Symphony, Opera Santa Barbara, as well as local choral societies. Laura has performed with several orchestras across the country, is active as a clinician and competition adjudicator, and has established and conducted flute choirs at colleges and festivals across the country.
Andrew Grueschow is a LA based percussionist with an interest in music the world over. He has traveled to Ghana, West Africa several times. Studying the music of the Ewe and the Dagombas, and recording traditional drumming for Zadonu Records. Andrew is a faculty member at California Institute of Arts, where he teaches in the African Music and Dance department and the World Percussion department. For the last 20 years Andrew has been teaching percussion based workshops. Often focusing on the music of Ghana and composition/performance of original works, in schools throughout Southern California for the Music Center Education Division, Segerstorm Center for the Performing Arts, LA County Office of Education, and Los Angeles Philharmonic.
Music & Dance of Ghana These student workshops focus on the music and dance of Ghana, West Africa. Students will play traditional instruments, and work on repertoire of the Ewe speaking people of Ghana West Africa. Along with practicing various traditional drumming patterns, students will also work on the dances that accompany each piece of drumming they learn. Exploring the culture of Ghana, and the role of music and dance in their society, will give context to the student’s music making and dancing. Several aspects of student’s social personal development such as: focus, teamwork, listening, perseverance, and self-awareness will be highlighted and discussed with students throughout our residency. The workshops align to California VAPA standards, and common core is supported throughout the residency.
3rd Grade Curriculum Meriel Stern - Visual Arts
Meriel Stern is a sculptor and Teaching Artist living in Pasadena, CA. Her art work is centered on the morphology of the natural world and its relationship to the narrative of human experience. Shecreates and teaches a wide spectrum of art education classes in area public and private schools, develops unique arts infused curricula and programming, provides leadership and mentoring for emerging artists and educators, as well as, professional development opportunities for schools and arts organizations. Meriel's specialties: Ceramics, Sculpture,Crafts, Project-based Learning, Sequential Lesson Planning, Elementary School, "Art as Matrix"
4th Grade Curriculum Filmmaking
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5th Grade Curriculum Andrew Grueschow - “Scoring a Story”
These student workshops will empower students to score a story. Students will create their own patterns, and make choices about the elements of music to create their own original music that will pair with a story that is appropriate for their grade level. We will work as a large group to practice ideas, and then do independent creative work in small groups, scoring individual parts of the story. The small group work gives us a chance to engage many of the speaking and listening aspects of common core, and as students are making choices about their musical elements, they will be asked to show evidence in the text of their story to drive their musical choices. All aspects of the VAPA music standards are covered, as students engage the playing of music, but also the literacy of music (reading and writing their own patterns). Along with the focus of building student’s musical skill, teachers will also gain understanding of the social-personal development that music making can facilitate (focus, teamwork, listening, etc.), and integrating through parallel processes between music and other curriculum areas (tracking, decoding…).
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