Teaching Artists Training Series

The Teaching Artists Training Series is an opportunity for teaching artist to increase their capacity as a teacher by expanding their toolkit, digging deeper into their craft and networking.

Curriculum Building: Design, Reflect and Refine

Friday, June 22 @ 10:30am – 12:30pm
with Crystal Davis, Assistant Professor at University of Maryland
Location: Anacostia Arts Center 1231 Good Hope Road Southeast Washington, DC 20020

$15 for members
$25 non-member

The session will help in design, packaging, and implementing curriculum in your dance studio classes. It will explore how to move from the daily plans for each class session to long-term curriculum design. Also covered will be ways to apply your creativity to the curriculum and class design process. The workshop will share ways to implement and alter class planning in ways that maintain long-term planning but meet the unique needs of each class.

  1. From daily planning to curriculum design; tracking an improvisational curriculum model (This is about how to create a structured curriculum for those who would like to create a curriculum from their day-t0-day class plans.)
  2. Creativity in curricular structure: approaches to curriculum design (This is about looking at other curricular structures as a way to modify how you have structured your current curriculum.)
  3. Reflect and refine: Balancing constants and creativity in curriculum design (This is about how to keep things new, fresh, and creatively changing while still maintaining the structure of curriculum.


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Crystal U. Davis, CLMA, is an Assistant Professor of Dance at University of Maryland College Park where she supervises the dance education courses and certification programs.  For twelve years she has taught dance and creative movement to children in public and private educational settings and facilitated training for educators and childcare providers.  She obtained her B.A. in Comparative Religion from Emory University (2000), M.F.A in Dance from Texas Woman’s University (2003), M.A. in Performance Studies from New York University (2004), and C.L.M.A. from Integrated Movement Studies (2010).  She has performed, presented and conducted ethnographic research at international and domestic venues including the National Association of Independent Schools People of Color Conference and Mehrangarh Fort in Rajasthan, India. Her postmodern choreography examines incongruities between what we believe and what we do. Ms. Davis’ research explores how personal belief systems, implicit bias and privilege manifests in the body.