Outreach

Dance Outreach Programs

“I’ve never seen the students so engaged!”
“You have given these kids an experience they will remember for the rest of their lives.”
“This performance is what the kids will be talking about at dinner tonight.”

Since 1999, Kathy Dunn Hamrick Dance Company has served over 12,000 students by conducting dance education assemblies for elementary and middle schools, teaching dance residencies for high school and university dance departments, performing, donating tickets to our dance events, and directing Move It!, a dance/movement therapy program for at-risk youth.

Contact us if you would like to learn more about our dance outreach programming: admin@kdhdance.com.

If you would like to make a donation to our Outreach Programming and help us deliver memorable experiences to even more people, you can mail a check to KDH Dance Co, 4703 Fieldstone Drive, Austin, TX 78735 or donate via PayPal here.

Check out our Programming below and let us design the program that’s right for you!


Move It! Dance/Movement Therapy Outreach

Helping at-risk adolescents move through Life’s challenges.

Move It! is directed by Barbara Jo Stetzelberger, LCSW, BC-DTR, an award-winning Board Certified Dance Movement Therapist and Licensed Clinical Social Worker who specializes in the use of movement, dance, and somatic psychology to help individuals access their natural capacity for healing.

Move It! provides life-changing experiences of creativity, self-worth, and relationship-building. Using dance and movement, students experience physical and emotional safety and confidence in their bodies. They develop greater resilience and create community while making meaningful personal connections with peers and adults.

Classes, half-day workshops, full-day workshops, culminating showings.

For more information about Move It!, contact admin@kdhdance.com


INTERACTIVE ASSEMBLIES

Our dance presentations are designed to engage students and get them moving and thinking in a fun, fast-paced environment. Students participate in Creative Movement Classes where they move bravely through space, learn basic elements of dance, work safely with others, problem-solve and experience personal success. These presentations can include a brief, informal performance by members of our dance company.

Suggested Age Group: K through 5

Time: Approximately 1 hour

Sample: Fine Arts Day at Smith Elementary in Del Valle, TX. Kathy Dunn Hamrick taught a 45-minute creative movement class to 250 3rd and 4th graders in the gym, followed by a 10-minute performance by the company.


INFORMAL PERFORMANCES

Our dance company can perform in your school gymnasium in the round or with students seated on bleachers. We like to include a brief introduction as well as a follow-up Q&A.

Suggested Age Group: 5th grade and up

Time: Approximately 1 hour

Sample: Performance for O Henry Middle School in Austin, TX. Kathy Dunn Hamrick Dance Company performed three back-to-back concerts for the entire student body in the school’s gym.


FORMAL PERFORMANCES

Our dance company will bring our fully-produced dance concerts to your Performing Arts Center. Many of our dance works include original scores, live music and/or video elements.

Suggested Age Group: Middle School and Up

Time: Approximately 1 hour

Sample: Performance for Round Rock ISD, Round Rock, TX. Kathy Dunn Hamrick Dance Company performed “There, the Magnificent,” a 50-minute dance with live music and video projections, for 2500 Round Rock ISD Dance Students at the RRISD Performing Arts Center.


FIELD TRIPS TO THE THEATER

If you are based in Austin and want your students to experience the magic of live theater, you can arrange a command performance of our dance company’s latest work. Students will meet the dancers during our Q&A.

Suggested Age Group: 3rd Grade and Up

Time: Approximately 1 hour

Sample: Field Trip to a Local Theater for a Live Dance Performance. Leap of Joy (an afterschool dance program) and Zavala Elementary School bused students to Salvage Vanguard Theater in Austin, TX for a performance of “Flash Dance: 30 Dances in 60 Minutes,” by Kathy Dunn Hamrick Dance Company.


MASTER CLASSES AND DANCE RESIDENCIES

We can design a one-day to a one-week residency based upon your needs. Our experienced company members teach master classes in modern dance technique, performance, improvisation, partnering, choreography and repertory for aspiring dancers. We also enjoy sharing our experiences as a professional dance company, including discussions about non-profit organizations, grant writing, marketing, fundraising and production, with dance students in high school and college.

Suggested Age Group: 7th Grade and Up

Sample: One-Day Residency at Grand Prairie Fine Arts Academy, Grand Prairie, TX. Kathy Dunn Hamrick taught two master classes and choreographed “Hello Friday!” for a group of 8 selected dancers for the dance department’s fall performance.

Sample: Master Class and Open Rehearsal, Austin, TX. Dance Students from Lanier High School visited Café Dance, an Austin-based dance studio, where they participated in a Master Class with Kathy Dunn Hamrick and then watched the dance company in an open rehearsal.

Sample: Residency at Texas A&M University Dance Department, College Station, TX. Kathy Dunn Hamrick taught Master Classes in Modern Dance Technique, Improvisation and Choreography, choreographed on the students, and met with the dancers for a Q&A on directing a professional dance company.


DREAM PASS

Every year, we donate up to 100 free dance concert tickets to non-profit organizations, at-risk youth and their families or guardians, and other programs that represent underserved populations.

Sampling of Past Participants: The Settlement Home, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Communities in Schools and AISD’s American Indian Education Program.