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Susan Hartley

Susan Hartley

Susan Hartley honors the foundation that the arts are central to teaching and learning. Collaboration, integration, engagement, challenge, and celebration are key components to a student’s successful learning experience. Susan, a 40-year veteran dance educator holds NC licensure, a BA in Dramatic

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Movement for Body, Brain and Soul


Program Description

Anne Green Gilbert’s Brain Dance follows developmental sequences that activate the entire brain and prepare it for recall, comprehension and retention of new knowledge, invigorate and relax the body and mind, and create positive social interaction.  Eye tracking explicitly improves reading comprehension, concentration and focus.

Program Detail

Program type: Out-of-School-Time, Professional Development, Workshop
Artistic Discipline: Dance
Cultural Origin: American
Subject: Dance, Literacy
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, Pre-K, Teachers
Bilingual: No
Available dates:

Contact to schedule

Available times:

Contact to schedule

Length of :Program 30 minutes - 90, 120
Space / technical requirements:

A clean, open space to safely facilitate movement, wall space to hang visuals.  A CD or iPod sound system, whiteboard or graph paper/easel.  If class workshop is for students, classroom teacher present and sharing in learning/teaching experience.



Fees / Ticketing:



NC Standard Course of Study:


R1  Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and make logical inferences from it.

R4  Interpret words and phrases as they are used in a text.

R10  Read and understand complex literacy and informational texts connecting prior knowledge and experiences to text.


L3  Apply knowledge of language to make effective choices for meaning or style, and comprehend more fully when reading or listening.

L5  Demonstrate understanding of figurative language and nuances in word meanings.

NC Essential Standards:

CP.2.2 Recognize that, exemplify, use that concentration is an important part of dance.

C.1.2 Recognize, understand, exemplify connections between dance and concepts in other curricular areas.

C.1.3. Promote health, physical safety and reduced risk of injury

Competency Goal 4: The learner will apply and demonstrate critical and creative thinking skills in dance.  (National Standard 4)

Competency Goal 6: The learner will make connections between dance and healthful living. (National Standard 6)

Competency Goal 7: The learner will make connections between dance and other content areas. (National Standard 7)


Conducts educational programming for 2 or more years: 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
Provides study guides for teachers and or students: Yes
Connects to State and or Common Core Curriculum Standards: Yes
Provides tools to assess student learning (workshops and residencies): Yes
Conducts ongoing assessments of program quality: Yes


Dr. Brenda Whiteman, Arts Education Coordinator, Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools

Liz Droessler, Arts Education Supervisor

Shana Adams, Director Creative Arts in Public & Private Schools/Community, Durham Arts Council

Cancellation Policy

Upon notice – we shall reschedule