Assessment & Evaluation

Omarion, Grade 1. Sabin Elementary School, Chicago. Reflection: "What is dance?"

Omarion, Grade 1. Sabin Elementary School, Chicago. Reflection: "What is dance?"

As an outreach manager and consultant it is often my role to generate assessment instruments that can be used to collect data outlining student learning. I transform this data into narrative used for grants, funder reports and future program planning. These examples are exclusively from my work with Luna Negra Dance Theater. 

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Students write about dance:


Abraham, an 8th grader at Holden School in Chicago, answers a series of questions posed by his classroom teacher about what he learned in a 12 week DanceReach residency with Luna Negra Teaching Artists. His response was one of many that was sorted into response categories used for generating an end-of-year program evaluation report.

  • "I know that there are many dances, and many origins of dance. I know that some dance is for entertainment and some is for religious reasons."
  • "Music is like the foundation of dance. You can't dance without music. Dance moves cooperate with music so they match."
  • "I know that dance comes from all over the world, different cultures, races, religions, etc."
  • "My favorite part (of class) is the Merengue. My least favorite is the warm up. 

November 2013

 
Malik, Grade 11. Benito Juarez High School, Chicago. Reflection question: "How do you relate to dance?" June 2012

Malik, Grade 11. Benito Juarez High School, Chicago. Reflection question: "How do you relate to dance?"

June 2012

 
Performance day for 1st graders at Walsh Elementary. Students drew pictures of their Pathway Dance, which are displayed in front of the stage.  March 2013

Performance day for 1st graders at Walsh Elementary. Students drew pictures of their Pathway Dance, which are displayed in front of the stage. 

March 2013