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Jacob’s Pillow
Curriculum in Motion® Institute

An Online Program
For Choreographers and Dance-Makers

Build a THINK/ACT/DO network with a cohort of fellow dance-makers facilitated by core faculty: Celeste Miller (Institute Director), Kimberli Boyd, and Michael Richter.

How does our work as dance-makers position us as essential artistic, civic, and community partners in a COVID-19 world and beyond? How might we use this historic moment to engage ourselves in understanding what it means to be essential?

The Curriculum in Motion® approach supports your work in K-12 teaching artist residencies, museum and after-school programs; collaborations with community partners in medicine, business and civic planning; re-visioning dance programs in colleges and universities, and more.

After over 25 years of application in Berkshire county schools and the development of the Medicine in Motion program, co-founder Celeste Miller began working with Pillow leadership and Curriculum in Motion founding artists to envision ways to more thoroughly disseminate the work. Planning for the Institute began two years ago, launched by the convening of Founding Artists in 2018. 

Institute participants gain:

  • Interactive online training, with individualized faculty support and feedback
  • One-on-one mentoring, peer-to-peer co-mentoring, and group learning
  • A certificate of completion
  • A meaningful and active network of peers
  • A chance to join the roster of esteemed Curriculum in Motion® Artists

The Jacob’s Pillow Curriculum in Motion® Institute
One Year Intensive Program (2020-2021)

An intimately curated professional development experience in how to be of co-creative service in the communities we engage with. We use body-based practices to work with the pedagogy, philosophy, and methodology of Curriculum in Motion® core principles. Through the year- long, mostly online, five-module process we build an active Think/Act/Do peer network for integrated connection between our art, our values and our place in the world.

Click here to get to know the Curriculum in Motion® Institute Artist Faculty.


About Jacob’s Pillow Curriculum in Motion®

Watch this five minute video where the Curriculum in Motion® Founding Artists share/dance about Jacob’s Pillow Curriculum in Motion®:

Curriculum in Motion®, founded in 1993 by Celeste Miller and “J.R.” Glover, is an artist-driven methodology that applies the creative practices of our discipline towards building a more just and humane world. Curriculum, the ongoing human learning experience, is mobilized through dance-based co-creative community partnerships. Originally a model used in K-12 classrooms, Curriculum in Motion® has expanded its application to partnerships with a full spectrum of community engagement. Through co-mentored residencies, workshops, and now the Institute, choreographers/ dance-makers are trained in the Curriculum in Motion® conceptual framework for application to their work and life. 

Curriculum in Motion® embraces dance as an accessible, complex system of physical, mental, emotional, creative, and spiritual knowledge rooted in body-based intelligence. Dance for Every Body is at the heart  of Curriculum in Motion®.

Curriculum in Motion® Founding Artists with Celeste Miller are: Kimberli Boyd, “J.R.” Glover, Margot Greenlee, Deborah Karp, Elizabeth “EJ” Johnson, Dawn Lane, Nicole Livieratos, Krissie Marty, Jo Parkes, Michael Richter, and Liv Schaffer. Click here to learn more about the Founding Artists.

Modes of Learning

In the Institute we use multiple learning modes in an interactive online environment with our peers.  Dancing, improvising, choreographing, journaling, art-making, reading, observing, discussing, and self-reflection comprise the curated experience.  Limited participant enrollment affords the opportunity for an intimate and individualized experience that values the unique voices and perspectives of all participants. Modules include:

    • Interactive synchronous and asynchronous online sessions
    • Unlimited access to informational  videos with embedded choreographic and dialogue assignments
    • One-on-one mentoring sessions with Institute faculty
    • Q&A webinars with Curriculum in Motion® Founding Artists who work in a wide-range of community sectors
    • Monthly “Coffee Klatch” gatherings with cohort: conversation, dancing, and experiments with creative dance-making that involve technology tools like Zoom, Webex, Livestreaming functions, social media, and more.
    • Techniques and practices to guide Peer to Peer co-mentoring sessions.
    • Health and safety measures permitting, participants may apply to shadow Curriculum in Motion® site residencies.
    • Upon completion of the Institute, participants may apply to become certified as a Curriculum in Motion® Roster Artist

The Five Modules

Module 1: Curriculum in Motion® Core Principles 

  • Deep dive into the conceptual framework of Curriculum in Motion® through embodied practice and application. 
  • Analysis of your choreographic processes for the development of a personal and unique toolbox
  • Training in Inclusive Pedagogy 
  • Introduction to Dancing Dialogic Research (DDR) methodology
  • Begin the process of identifying the project for your Capstone at completion of the Institute. 

Module 2: Focusing Your Choreographic Voice 

Your choreographic processes and methods are the foundation of how to build partnerships and the curriculum and activities for interaction. In this way we deepen connectivity between choreographic, teaching and partnership practices as a cyclic feed of influence. In Module 2 we continue with the in-depth analysis/application of our personal choreographic processes:

  • Unpacking those processes into teachable units accessible for Every Body
  • Identifying  meta-research questions as an ongoing process for continued professional development
  • Strengthening our choreographic practices alongside our teaching and partnership building practices 
  • Building self-reflection and peer feedback into our practices
  • Further training in Dancing Dialogic Research (DDR)

Module 3: The Intersection of Motivation, Values and Meaning

In Module 3 we enter into aligning what drives you as an artist and as an educator to find how, why and where your drive intersects with your values, ethics and beliefs.

  • What are your values, ethics and beliefs and how are they represented in your art-making, teaching and community practices? 
  • What is at stake for you, your partners and your communities? 
  • How do you apply Inclusive Pedagogy into your rehearsal process, teaching and community engagement?  
  • What are the reasons why dance, in particular, is uniquely suitable for supporting your value system?  

Module 4: Tentacular Networking: Building Meaningful, Intentional and Sustainable Partnerships

In Module 4 we apply principles of diversity, inclusion and equity to our work. 

  • What is  a blueprint for building meaningful, intentional and sustainable partnerships?
  • How do we develop meaningful individualized modes for documentation and assessment?
  • How do we best “tell our story” to a variety of audiences and stakeholders?

In Module 4 we also work on:

  • Composing an artist/teaching statement to provide a way to present our work with clarity, confidence and professional credibility to our partners. 
  • Grounding  our peer to peer co-mentoring networks. 

Module 5: Capstone Presentations and Celebration

In Module 5:

  • From draft to presentation! Your Capstone Project Presentation is finalized.
  • Curriculum in Motion® Capstone Project Presentations are publicly presented during the Festival, including broadcast.
  • We co-design and lead a welcome session for the incoming Curriculum in Motion® Institute cohort. 
  • We close with a graduation ceremony celebration. 

2020-2021 Timeline and Dates

Module 1: July 25 and 26, 2020

  • Synchronous sessions
    • Saturday and Sunday 12-3PM Eastern
  • Release of Module 1 training videos

Between Module 1 and Module 2:

  • Schedule One-on-One mentoring session with faculty
  • Schedule at least two Peer-to-Peer co-mentoring sessions
  • First round of assignments submitted. Formats include: video, sound, or written.
  • Coffee Klatch: A first Saturday of the month drop in at 12PM Eastern. Open for conversation, dancing, and space for experimentation with creative possibilities for the technology.
    • August 1
    • September 5
    • October 3

Module 2: October 17-18, 2020

  • Synchronous sessions
    • Saturday and Sunday 12-3PM Eastern
  • Release of Module 2 training videos

Between Module 2 and Module 3:

  • Schedule One-on-One mentoring session with faculty
  • Schedule at least two Peer-to-Peer co-mentoring sessions
  • First round of assignments submitted. Formats include: video, sound, or written.
  • Coffee Klatch: A first Saturday of the month drop in at 12PM Eastern. Open for conversation, dancing, and space for experimentation with creative possibilities for the technology.
    • November 7
    • December 5
    • January 2
  • Q&A Webinar with three Curriculum in Motion® Founding Artists. 2 hours. Date TBD.

Module 3: January 16-17, 2021

  • Synchronous sessions
    • Saturday and Sunday 12-3PM Eastern
  • Release of Module 3 training videos

Between Module 3 and Module 4:

  • Schedule One-on-One mentoring session with faculty
  • Schedule at least two Peer-to-Peer co-mentoring sessions
  • First round of assignments submitted. Formats include: video, sound, or written.
  • Coffee Klatch: A first Saturday of the month drop in at 12PM Eastern. Open for conversation, dancing, and space for experimentation with creative possibilities for the technology.
    • February 6
    • March 6
  • Q & A Webinar with three Curriculum in Motion® Founding Artists.  2 hours. Date TBD.

Module 4: March 20-21, 2021

  • Synchronous sessions
    • Saturday and Sunday 12-3PM Eastern
  • Release of Module 4 training videos

Between Module 4 and Module 5:

  • Schedule One-on-One mentoring session with faculty
  • Schedule at least two Peer-to-Peer co-mentoring sessions
  • First round of assignments submitted. Formats include: video, sound, or written.
  • Coffee Klatch: A first Saturday of the month drop in at 12PM Eastern. Open for conversation, dancing, and space for experimentation with creative possibilities for the technology.
    • April 3
    • May 1
    • June 5
  • Q&A Webinar with three Curriculum in Motion® Founding Artists. 2 hours. Date TBD.

Module 5: July 24-28, 2021 at the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival (Health and Safety restrictions permitting) or July 24 and 25, 12-3PM in synchronous sessions, as throughout the Institute.

  • July 27-28 Public Presentations of Curriculum in Motion® Capstone Projects.

(If on-site at the Pillow, additional costs will be incurred; participants will be responsible for their travel and housing.)

2020-2021 Ancillary Opportunities

Additional fees apply | Health and Safety Guidelines contingent

 

Shadowing:

You may apply to shadow a Curriculum in Motion® site residency to observe residencies in action.  These include residencies at Monument Mountain Regional High School where dance is used as the mode for learning academic subjects; and Medicine in Motion residencies with our partners Berkshire Health Systems and Volunteers in Medicine. As a shadow, you observe and deep-listen  with the Curriculum in Motion® artists as they plan, design and lead Curriculum in Motion® activities. (Please note: this is not a mentoring experience)

 

Invitation to attend the Second Annual Curriculum in Motion® Artist Gathering (additional costs may apply)

December 11-13, 2020 

The convening of Curriculum in Motion® Founding Artists from the twenty-five year plus span of the program. The focus of the December 2020 Gathering is the intersection of Medicine in Motion, with the health and wellness projects of Curriculum in Motion® Founding Artists. 

 

Invitation to apply for Curriculum in Motion® Artist Roster listing

Upon completion of the Institute you may apply to be listed on the Jacob’s Pillow website as a certified Curriculum in Motion® Artist. This competitive roster certifies excellent completion of the Institute. Acceptance to the roster is contingent on separate application.