Sarah Council Dance Projects

Sarah Council Dance Projects

Sarah Council is a contemporary modern dance choreographer and teaching artist. She is the artistic director of Sarah Council Dance Projects (SCDP); a dance company founded in 2007. SCDP has performed and taught extensively though out New York City and the east coast region. In 2014, Council,

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Dancing the Painting


Program description

Dancing the Painting is a 3-5 day creative dance and art making residency that explores and responds to a work of visual art through dance making. This residency is directed by dance educator and choreographer, Sarah Council, with a special guest visual artist. Students will discover that both visual art and dance are powerful modes of expression that utilize line, texture, imagery, point of view


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Program Detail

Program type: Residency, Workshop
Artistic Discipline: Dance, Visual Arts
Cultural Origin: Multicultural
Subject: Dance, Language Arts, Literacy, Visual Arts
Population served: Grade 1, Grade 10, Grade 11, Grade 12, Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8, Grade 9, Kindergarten
Bilingual: No
Available dates:

September through May

Available times:

School hours

Length of program: 50 min per session
Space / technical requirements:

Multipurpose room or classroom with desks pushed to the side so students can have space to move freely.



Fees / Ticketing:

3-5 day residency = $900 per classroom


NC Standard Course of Study:

R4 Interpret words and phrases as they are used in a text, including determining technical, connotative, and figurative meanings, and analyze how specific word choices shape meaning or tone.
(Dancing the Painting will address this standard in two ways:

Students will study elements of a painting [line, texture, imagery, point of view and perspective] analyzing how these choices shape meaning and tone. From these reflections students will create movement phrases. Students then reflect upon the movement created, determining meaning and analyzing how movement choices and the application of dance concepts, [i.e.: shape, time, space, and force] shape meaning and tone.)

R6 Assess how point of view or purpose shapes the content and styles of a text.
(Dancing the Painting participants will assess how endeavoring to create movement for a specific purpose and inspired by a specific theme (visual arts) will influence the content and visual style of the dance.)

W 5 Develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach. (Dancing the Painting participants will apply this same process of creating and revising in dance-making; working individually and in collaboration.)

SL1 Prepare for and participate effectively in a range of conversations and collaborations with diverse partners, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively. (Dancing the Painting participants will develop collaborative team building skills while creating duets and small group dances inspired by works of visual art.)

NC Essential Standards:

NC Essential Standards

Dance K-8

DM.1 Understand how to use movement skills in dance

CP.1 Use choreographic principles, structures, and processes to create dances that communicate ideas, experiences, feelings, and images.

K.R.1 Use a variety of thinking skills to analyze and evaluate dance.

CP.2 Understand how to use performance values (kinesthetic awareness, concentration, focus, and etiquette) to enhance dance performance.

Visual Arts K-8

K.V.1 Use the language of visual arts to communicate effectively.


Conducts educational programming for 2 or more years: Yes
Performs criminal background checks on staff with youth contact: Yes
Maintains general liability insurance (Individuals and organizations listed in this Directory can provide proof of insurance upon request. ASC does not hold copies of current documentation for providers): Yes
Three letters of recommendation / references available: Yes
Connects to State and or Common Core Curriculum Standards: Yes
Conducts ongoing assessments of program quality: Yes



Karen Curlee-(646)-522-6918
Co-director of Together in Dance, New York, NY

Diane Clark- (270)-841-0827
classroom teacher, Grapevine Elementary, Madisonville KY

Jennifer Walker-(904)-571-5599
Dance professor, Episcopal school of Jacksonville, Jacksonville Fl

Cancellation Policy

50% of the total engagement fee if cancelling within 30 days of the booking

100% of the total engagement fee if cancelling within 7 days of the booking

In case of inclement weather or other unforeseen situations SCDP will work with the school to reschedule residency activities.