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 Arts from UNC-CH and an MFA in dance from UNC-G. Presently a visiting artist with The United Arts Council of Wake County,Durham Arts Council Creative Arts in Public and Private Schools and ASC, she provides integrated curriculum using A+ principles and Anne Green Gilbert’s Brain Dance. She has been an NC Visiting Artist, K-12 NC and Southeast Dance Educator of the year, director, performer and choreographer with NC dance companies, dance educator with the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools and Wake County Public School System. She has taught dance at every level: infant, Pre-K through high school, university, adult and special programs. Her philosophy involves the process of discovery through movement as she collaborates with classroom teachers and students. Integrated movement activities involving English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies or the other arts are key components to her lessons. Susan also leads professional development workshops to provide tools for classroom teachers to incorporate the arts into their lesson plans.


  147 Spring Cove Dr, Cary, NC 27511

United States


Infinite Curricular Connections through Dance

Program description

Students will create dance experiences that are uniquely designed to introduce a unit of study, assist in understanding material, or expand beyond the goals of the curriculum. Through this interdisciplinary approach, students will enhance and compliment what they are studying in the classroom and acquire a deeper and broader understanding of the subject matter. Workshops are designed to meet NC Essential Standards and Common Core Standards. Examples include dancing parts of speech, poetry, geometric design, algebra, force/motion, cultural world dances, etc. Students use prior knowledge to generate word lists for a subject, then create movements to depict visual expressions of those words. They work individually, in small groups and/or as a class to put their movements into a sequence. The program culminates with sharing their dances, reflecting on both the subject and the dance experience. Through this kinesthetic learning process and interdisciplinary approach, students acquire deeper understanding and longer retention of a subject. Additionally, students practice higher order thinking skills: remembering, understanding, applying, analyzing, evaluating, creating.

Booking / scheduling contact

Susan Hartley


Program detail
Artistic discipline: Dance
Cultural Origin: Multicultural
Program type: Professional Development, Workshop
Population served:
Subject: Dance, English, Language Arts, Literacy, Math, Music, Science, Social Studies / History, Theatre Arts, Visual Arts
Bilingual: No
Available dates:


Available times:


Length of program: PreK/K 30 min, 1st -12th 1-2 hours, negotiable
Space / technical requirements:

A clean, open space to safely facilitate movement, wall space to hang visuals. A CD or iPod sound system, whiteboard, or Smartboard, classroom teacher present and sharing in learning/teaching experience.




Fees / Ticketing:

Student Workshops $100/hour

Professional Development $100/hour

Multiple day residencies custom designed for your unique course of study needs and budget.


NC Standard Course of Study:

   R3: Analyze how and why individuals, events, ideas develop and interact (Students develop movements relating to words, ideas, imagery, cadence, etc. and collaborate in the creation of dance phrases.)
   R7: Integrate and evaluate content presented in diverse media and text, including visually and quantitatively, as well as in words (Students interpret poetry and thematic material, imagery, comprehension of various content through dance and choreography.)
  1L and L2: Demonstrate the command of grammar and usage, capitalization, punctuation and spelling (Students create accurate yet creative representations of these conventions through movement.)
   MP4: Model with mathematics (Students demonstrate counting and cardinality, geometry, and fractions within their choreography.)

NC Essential Standards:

   NC Essential Arts Standard: C.1 CONNECTING Strand: applying knowledge of dance in relation to history, culture, heritage, other content areas, ideas, skills and life-long learning. The learner will make connections between dance and other content areas. (Students draw from assigned content areas to create movements, phrases and dance.)
   SCIENCE 5.P.1: Understand force, motion and the relationship between them, 2.E.1: Understand patterns of weather and factors that affect weather 8.E.2: Understand the history of Earth and its life forms based on evidence of change recorded in fossil records and landforms. (Students create choreography representing balance/counterbalance, gravity, momentum, weather, rock cycles, life cycles of plants/butterflies, solids/liquids/gases, sound waves, rotation/revolution, solar system, skeletal/muscular/nervous system, simple machines, Newton’s Laws of Motion.)
   SOCIAL STUDIES 6.C.1: Explain how the behavior and practices of individuals and groups influenced societies, civilizations and regions (Students learn and perform authentic dances from countries around the world relate to social reasoning)   


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
Cancellation Policy

 Notification ASAP from either party to allow for rescheduling