KDA is proud to present
Books in MotionⓇ: Dance + Literacy
DEADLINE TO APPLY: April 9, 2021
What is Books in MotionⓇ: Dance + Literacy?
Celebrating 5 years, Books in Motion® is a FREE literacy program that encourages reading through dancing by focusing on Common Core Standards for Reading Literature for children, K-3rd. As COVID-19 limits opportunities for in-person experiences, KDA has pivoted to continue to bring books to life through digital dance performances. In collaboration with Kern County Library, Kern Literacy Council, and Kern County dance organizations, KDA will launch a digital version of our beloved annual summer reading program that will allow children to watch a video of a dance performance based upon a well-known children’s book, engage in kinesis by learning choreography and create a craft that coincides with the book’s theme. At the culmination of the session, children will answer questions to evaluate their comprehension via SurveyMonkey and will have the opportunity to visit a local Kern County library to take home a FREE book and craft kit.
Dance Performers Wanted!
Kern County dance organizations are invited to apply to be the official Books in Motion performers. Dance organizations will be responsible for choosing a story from the Books in Motion bibliography, create a performance reflecting the story (maximum 15 minutes), and choreograph a 1 to 1.5 minute dance that relates to the story to teach the participating children.
Dance organizations will be given, at minimum, a $850 honorarium for their Books in MotionⓇ participation
NEW of 2021!
Due to COVID-19 limitations of face to face experiences, Books in Motion will be available via professionally produced films accessible on the web and social media networks. KDA has teamed up with Kelly Hargraves, Dance Camera West Artistic/Executive Director, to assist dance organizations in producing their Books in Motion film! From the first step of creating choreography for the camera to post production, Kelly and her professional team will assist dance organizations every step of the way!
Kelly is a dance film creator and curator from Canada who currently lives in California. In September 2018 she was named the Executive and Artistic Director of Dance Camera West, after co-founding the Los Angeles festival of dance film in 2001.
Kelly has a Masters in Dance Film from NYU (with a concentration in Dance and Film History), an Honours BFA in Contemporary Dance from Concordia University and an Honours BA in Communication Studies (with a Minor in Theater History) from the University of Windsor.
Dance organizations will be required to:
1) Narrate/perform the book or a segment of the book
2) Create choreography for children to learn that correspondes to the book theme
3) Provide basic costumes and theatrics
4) Create a Books in Motion film with Kelly Hargraves and team
5) Provide proof of insurance
6) Cooperate with Kern Dance Alliance as artistic collaborators
7) Verify KDA Organization Membership- not a KDA Member? JOIN HERE!
Books in Motion Schedule:
April 9: Books in Motion Performer Applications DUE
April 16: Books in Motion Performers Selected and Notified
April 19-23- Books in Motion Information Meetings
May 1-June 30- Book in Motion pre production, production, post production
July 1- Books in Motion videos launch
Books in Motion Bibliography:
"Baila, baila, baila!" by Ethan Long
"Barn Dance" by Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault
"Brontorina" by James Howe
"Dancing in the Wings" by Debbie Allen
"Fancy Nancy: Budding Ballerina" by Jane O'Connor and Robin Preiss Glasser
"Giraffe's Can't Dance" by Giles Andreae
"Groovy Joe Dance Party Countdown" by Eric Litwin and Tom Lichtenheld
"Meet Angelina Ballerina!" by Katharine Holabird and Helen Craig
"Saturday Night at the Dinosaur Stomp" by Carol Diggory Shields and Scott Nash
"Under the Mambo Moon" by Julia Durango and Fabricio VandenBroeck
Books in Motion Performer Perks:
Opportunity to advertise dance organization to over 3000 participating Books in Motion children
Featured on the official Books in Motion website as a partner- name/logo/bio
Featured on the official KDA social media as a Books in Motion partner- name/logo/bio
Featured on all Books in Motion marketing materials- press release, social media, posters, flyers
Opportunity to participate in Books in Motion press on local news/radio outlets
Give back to the Kern County community through dance while influencing literacy goals
Mentorship and guidance of creating dance for film with professional production crew.
For More Information:
For complete information and itinerary of this event, please visit the KDA Programming Page-Books In Motion. Contact: email@example.com