West Virginia Dance Company

West Virginia Dance Company

WV Dance Company was founded in 1977 with the distinct purpose of enriching lives through dance.  Today, the company continues to perform a blend of educational, entertaining and thought-provoking modern works that generate enthusiasm in audiences of all ages.  The company is comprised of six

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Adventures Around the Big Blue Marble


Program description

West Virginia Dance Company’s arts-integrated educational tour is a comprehensive program incorporating 21st century learning skills and multicultural studies for K-12 students.  Offered on-location to school audiences and to public audiences in community venues, the program incorporates arts-based learning across the curriculum while drawing on global connections.  

Adventures Around the Big


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Program Detail

Program type: Assembly/Performance, Workshop
Artistic Discipline: Dance
Cultural Origin: Multicultural
Subject: Dance, Engineering, English, Language Arts, Literacy, Math, Music, Science, Social Studies / History, Theatre Arts, Visual Arts
Population served: Pre-K
Bilingual: No
Available dates:

Monday through Friday as available.

Available times:

Morning, afternoon or evening.

Length of program: Performance - 1 hour; Workshop - 1 hour
Space / technical requirements:

Space: Preferred performing space is 30′ x 30′ although smaller areas can be accomodated.  Easy access to the performing space for unloading/loading and a dressing room with a bathroom nearby are required.

Technical: Access to performance space 2 hours in advance.  Facility contact to assist upon arrival as needed.  Company will provide a dance floor and sound equipment.


Any in-school or community venue with adequate performing space.  Theaters, gyms, libraries, multi-use rooms and cafeterias are all acceptable.

Fees / Ticketing:

One program – $1,850; two programs same day/same school – $3,000.  Program includes full-company performance for an unlimited audience, student/teacher workshop(s) and detailed enrichment study guide for all grades.  Fee is inclusive of travel and all other expenses.


NC Standard Course of Study:

R2 – Determine central ideas or themes of a text and analyze their development; summarize the key supporting details and ideas.  Students "read" the key themes of the dance as they relate the movement to a story or development of an idea.

R7 – Integrate and evaluate content presented in diverse media and formats, including visually and quantitatively, as well as in words.  Students hear the dancers explain the inspiration for each dance; students must evaluate the effectiveness of the dancers’ portrayal of each concept or story as the performance progresses.

SL2 – Integrate and evaluate information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually and quantitatively, as well as in words.  Students learn how dance can be used to express an idea, concept or story.

SL4 – Present information, findings and supporting evidence such that listeners can follow the line of reasoning and the organization, development and style are appropriate to task, purpose and audience.  In our workshop, students explore a topic through creative movement individually and in groups before presenting their own compositions demonstrating their interpretation and understanding of the subject.







NC Essential Standards:

From Arts Education, Dance Standards:

K-8/B/I/P C.1 – Understanding cultural, historical and interdisciplinary connections with dance. Students learn how dance can be used to tell a story, represent historical events and cultural elements, and explain math and science concepts visually.

From Science, Grade 3-5 Standards:

3.P.2 – Understand the structure and properties of matter before and after they undergo a change.  Through creative movement, students explore the states of matter and chemical processes involved in the traditional art of glassmaking.

From Social Studies, Grade K-2 Standards:

1.C.1.2 – Use literature to help people understand diverse cultures and 2.C.2.1 – Explain how artistic expressions of diverse cultures contribute to the community (stories, art, music, food, etc.).  Students learn about unique artistic expressions from around the world and their importance and influence in a specific culture.









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
Conducts ongoing assessments of program quality: Yes


Ms. Theresa Lewis, Principal, Crescent Elementary (304)256-4585 tblewis@k12.wv.us

Ms. Cecilia Ford, Special Education Teacher, Chesapeake Elementary School         (304)949-1121 or (304)206-7339  shortstuffbaker@aol.com

Ms. Sharon Lilly, Beckley Area Foundation (304)253-3806  sharon@bafwv.org  

Ms. Cindy Shaver, Teacher (retired), Robert L. Bland Middle School (304)269-4336 or (304)476-1452  jjstooth8@yahoo.com







Cancellation Policy

May cancel no later than two months prior to the performance date.  10% cancellation fee if cancelled with two months of performance date.