Pentacle (Danceworks, Inc.)

Funded in March, 2008: $30000 for 2 years
Pentacle received funding to develop and implement a comprehensive professional development program for the in-school arts specialists with whom it partners. This program helps to integrate Behind the Scenes into the school curriculum, develop strong team teaching partnerships between in-school teachers and Pentacle, connect the in-school arts specialists with the greater performing arts community’s current professional practices and create a network of Behind the Scenes school partners. The program includes a series of day long retreats at strategic points in the year; monthly school-focused sessions; arts specialist guides for Pentacle’s lesson plans; an ongoing support and communication network between participating schools; and further opportunities for connections in the professional dance community.