Read to Dance!

Artist: Laura Marchese

Type: Workshops / Residencies

Program Availability: In-Person, Virtual


Literature comes to life through this engaging creative movement experience with Laura Marchese. Students explore and move inspired by a story while practicing critical thinking skills, creative problem solving, and cooperative sharing of ideas in an environment that values each members’ contribution to the creative process. This program supports literacy goals and students’ engagement with reading, SEL goals, and is appropriate for learners of all abilities. Book selection can be customized to support teacher and school curricula.


Dance is For Everyone

Tanya the alligator comes to dance class but, how can she learn when she can’t understand English, and the other students can’t understand alligator? Tanya and the class figure out how to cooperate and work together to create a wonderful dance that includes everyone. This story inspires us to create, understand each other, and to appreciate and enjoy the power of movement.

Dancing With Daddy

Elsie has been looking forward to going to her school dance with her Dad for so long – she even has a new dress! Will a big snow storm cause the dance to be canceled? This story will help us to empathize with Elsie, and will inspire the creation of a scarf dance connected to the story.

Moses Goes to a Concert

Moses and his friends at his school for the deaf are so excited – they are going to a concert! At the concert they learn something incredible. The woman who plays the drums, the percussionist, is deaf also! We will use This story will inspire us to create a concert of our own, using hand held instruments, and a dance to accompany our music.

The Great Cake Mystery

In this detective story, students must solve a mystery. Who has been eating cake from children’s lunchboxes? We will consider the beginning, middle, and end, and the descriptive details included in this book to co-create a dance that solves the mystery!

Program options:

In-person • Virtual (Live Streaming)

Please fill out this inquiry form or call 866-500-9265 for more information. (Virtual programs are not charged a travel fee.)

Price & Info


Workshop Cost per Day: $580

Additional Fees: In-Person Program Travel Fee - $95 per day; Virtual Program Technology Fee - $45; (On-Demand programs are not charged travel or tech fees)


Audience Limit: 25

Program Length: 45 min.

Workshop Minimum # of Days: 4

Appropriate For Grade(s): Pre-K, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th



Arts Appreciation Month

National Dance Month

Curriculum Connections

Curriculum Connections

English Language Arts

SEL: Social Emotional Learning