Martha Connerton / Kinetic Works

Martha Connerton / Kinetic Works

MARTHA CONNERTON Director of Kinetic Works Dance, has performed with ballet and modern dance companies in New York, Minneapolis, Louisville, Seattle and toured internationally.  She has choreographed over 80 works for ballet, modern dance, opera, musical theater, film, TV, commercials and multidisciplinary collaborations.  Martha has received grants and fellowships from numerous public agencies and private foundations.

Martha was a Teaching Artist for Lincoln Center Institute in New York (1989-1993). She served as Director of Education for North Carolina Dance Theatre and Director of DancePlace, the Official School of North Carolina Dance Theatre (1993-1996). She has been on the Arts Education touring rosters for North and South Carolina; Raleigh/Wake and Fayetteville/Cumberland County since 1993.  She is also a senior Teaching Artist for the Blumenthal Education Institute in Charlotte and is a member of the South Carolina Center for Art Education.

She formed Martha Connerton/Kinetic Works in 2000 which enabled her to expand her curriculum integration offerings from residencies to assembly performances.

KINETYX DANCE ENSEMBLE, an educational branch of Kinetic Works Dance is a 4-member modern dance ensemble that performs exclusively in schools, integrating dance with Math, Science, Language Arts and Social Studies.

KINETIKids Artist Residencies bring dance into the classroom, teaching core academics through the process of dancemaking.

KINETICWorkshops for Teachers bring Ms. Connerton to schools and conferences as a consultant/specialist in curriculum integration.

Martha Connerton/Kinetic Works is on the Arts Education and Touring Rosters for the North and South Carolina Arts Councils, United Arts Council of Raleigh/Wake County,  Durham Arts Council CAPS Program, Arts Council of Fayetteville-Cumberland County and the Carrboro, NC Arts Council.  The company receives annual artistic programming and educational grants from the NC Arts Council and the Arts and Science Council.


  1609 Nassau Blvd., Charlotte, NC 28205


704) 338-1533

704) 338-1533

For Middle and High School Audiences: VIDEO PERFO...

Program description


MOVING STORIES/CHANGING LIVES: A gripping video-taped dance/theater work that provides a look into the journeys faced by four formerly incarcerated women who have bravely found their way back to productive lives.  Particularly recommended for high-risk student populations and their families.

The work is on video.  Five dancers perform to a sound score by Composer, Elizabeth Kowalski, that includes recorded voices of the four women.

After each showing of the video we offer a discussion with students about choices we make and how they affect our life path. We also discuss the creative process used to make Moving Stories.

We also offer a workshop or residency option to lead student in a process of creating dances about their own life stories.

*Note:  While very inspiring and uplifting in nature, this program includes language and content that refers to criminal activity, rape, armed robbery, and sexual orientation. Schools should be sure that staff and parents are aware and approve of the subject matter for their students prior to booking.



Booking / scheduling contact

Martha Connerton

   (704) 338-1533

Program detail
Artistic discipline: Dance, Theater
Cultural Origin: Other
Program type: Assembly/Performance, Out-of-School-Time, Workshop
Population served: Grade 10, Grade 11, Grade 12, Grade 7, Grade 8, Grade 9
Subject: Dance, Language Arts, Social Studies / History, Theatre Arts
Bilingual: No
Available dates:

September through June

Available times:

School Hours, After School, Evenings.

Space / technical requirements:

For the video to be projected we need a DVD Player or Computer that can play a video file and project onto a screen or a large scale TV.    Lighting in the room must be darkened in order to adequately see the video.


We suggest this program for Middle and High School students.  The subject matter is somewhat mature and not recommended for Elementary Schools.  The message is hopeful and inspiring though it does share details about the lives of the women that are serious in nature.

Teachers, Parents and Students should be informed of the content prior to seeing the video.

Fees / Ticketing:

1 viewing, audience participation activity and post show discussion:   $300

2 viewings, audience participation activity and post show discussion: $550

Up to 50 students per viewing.


NC Standard Course of Study:

R7 – Integrate and evaluate content in diverse media and formats, including visually and quantitatively, as well as in words. L3 – Apply knowledge of language to understand how language functions in different contexts, to make effective choices for meaning or style, and to comprehend more fully when reading or listening. L6 – Acquire and use accurately a range of general academic and domain specific words and phrases sufficient for reading, writing, speaking, and listening at the college and career readiness level; demonstrate independent in gathering vocabulary knowledge when encountering an unknown term important to comprehension or expression.CP1 Use choreographic principles, structure and processes to create dances that communicate ideas, experiences, feelings and images.

NC Essential Standards:

1.C.1.2 – Use literature to help people understand diverse cultures. 2.C.2.1 – Explain how artistic expressions of diverse cultures contribute to the community (stories, art, music, food, etc.). 3.H.2.1 – Explain change over time through historical narratives. (events, people and places) From the Arts Education, Dance K-8 Standards (all grade levels): C.1 – Understand cultural, historical, and interdisciplinary connections with dance.


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
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
Provides scholarship and reduced fees: Yes
Conducts ongoing assessments of program quality: Yes
Cancellation Policy

Full payment required for cancellations made within two weeks of performance date.

Half payment required for cancellations made less than two months before performance date.

Weather or Acts of God will be postponed for a make up date.