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ASPAC Dance Workshops

We are holding 2 dance workshops on Saturday, June 18 for K-12 educators and all other interested conference attendees. See below for more information on these workshops.

To participate in the dance workshops, you must register separately either through email or on-site at the conference registration desk. K-12 Educators and Conference Registrants are admitted free, but all workshop attendees still need to register.

Anyone else interested in attending the dance workshops (ex. local community members) must pay a Day Pass fee of $20 and register through the Conference Home Page.

To register for the dance workshops, please send an email to with the subject line Dance Workshop Registration. Please specify which workshop you are interested in registering. You may also register on-site at the conference registration desk.


Workshop 01: K-12 Educator Workshop

Exploring Asian Performing Arts [pdf] : Teaching Asian Culture and History through the Performing Arts in K-12 Classrooms

An Interdisciplinary K-12 Professional Development Workshop in the Performing Arts

Date: Saturday, June 18, 2011

Time: 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Location: Pomona College (Registration in the Hahn Building), Pendleton Dance Studios A & B

Instructors: Jasmine Yep, Instructor & Children's Theatre Coordinator, University of Hawaii
  TAIKOPROJECT ensemble (Bryan Yamami, Managing Director)

The K-12 Educator Workshop is a half-day professional development workshop in the performing arts from Asia. The workshop will provide K-12 educators and teaching artists with the tools and resources to integrate lessons that link the performing arts traditions (dance, music and theatre) from Asia to enhance lessons in Asian history, geography, and culture. Participants will explore the lessons through hands-on activities that they can take back to their own classrooms. Unlock the magic of Indonesian shadow puppetry, play the Japanese taiko drums, improvise a scene based on Asian folk stories, and explore movement and dance through character development and folk dances. Participate in hands-on sessions with teaching artists from the University of Hawaii, Manoa, and guest artists from LA-based taiko ensemble TAIKOPROJECT. The workshop will introduce lessons about the performing arts from China, Indonesia, Japan, and Vietnam. All participants will receive an Exploring Asian Performing Arts Curriculum Toolkit. The K-12 Educator Workshop is open to all ASPAC & WCAAS Conference participants. 


7:30-8:30 a.m.  Registration/ Check-In

8:30-9:30 a.m.  Welcome, Overview of the Exploring Asian Performing Arts Curriculum Toolkit

9:45-10:30 a.m. Concurrent Sessions I:

Pendleton A) Elementary Session: Theatre and Dance

Pendleton B) Secondary Session: Music

10:30-10:45 a.m. Break

10:45-11:30 a.m. Concurrent Sessions II:

                        Pendleton A) Secondary Session: Theatre and Dance

                        Pendleton B) Elementary Session: Music

11:30-12:30 p.m. Breakout Sessions and Closing Remarks

12:30 p.m. Adjourn (K-12 Educator Workshop)

Please see Extended Agenda [pdf] for details. 

This workshop encourages educators and teaching artists to integrate the performing arts from Asia to foster creative expression while enhancing the core curriculum. Lessons in the toolkit include standards-based arts lessons that can enhance the language arts, social science (history and geography), and visual and performing arts (VAPA) curriculum. The Exploring Asian Performing Arts Toolkit will include interdisciplinary lesson plans, PowerPoint presentations, video and audio resources, and examples of hands-on activities to be used at the secondary and elementary level. Participants will be encouraged to consider how these lessons can link to Asian and Asian American studies and cross-cultural comparisons. K-12 school participants are encouraged to register in teams of two per school so as to promote teacher collaboration and facilitate sustainability in K-12 schools.

Workshop 02:  Indian Dance Workshop & Documentary Film Screening

Indian Dance Workshop

 "A dance demonstration with participation opportunities, for movers 15 years and older, featuring the beautiful classical Indian dance form bharatanatyam will be offered by Krithika Rajagopalan with commentary by scholar Mark Kittlaus. Krithika is the principal dancer and Associate Artistic Director of Natya Dance Theatre in Chicago. Mark is a theatre professor and dance scholar from Shenandoah University. Please come dressed in loose, comfortable clothing ready to dance in bare feet."

Time & Location: 1:00pm-4:00pm in Seaver Theater

Instructors: Mark Kittlaus, PhD Candidate, Shenandoah University
  & Krithika Rajagopalan, Instructor, Natya Dance Theater Chicago



Documentary Film Screening: College Theater Productions of Sanskrit Theater

Time & Location: 4:00pm-5:00pm in Seaver Theater

Screened by: Betty Bernhard, Professor of Theater, Pomona College