Koresh Kids Dance

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MISSION

Koresh Kids Dance provides high-quality weekly dance instruction to students in Philadelphia public schools. The classes teach students fundamental dance technique while educating the whole person. Koresh educators create a safe space for children to learn to dance, create dance, and to bridge dance with life skills including self-confidence, discipline, respect, and healthy self-expression. The program culminates with a performance at the end of the year that cultivates teamwork, leadership skills, and a sense of accomplishment.

IT TAUGHT ME HOW TO BE MYSELF INSTEAD OF TRYING TO BE SOMEONE I’M NOT.
— 5th Grade Student
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CURRICULUM

Our creative dance curriculum invites students to create their own dances. While our professional teachers teach students fundamental dance technique, the entire experience is geared toward connecting to the whole child. Koresh Kids Dance prioritizes flexibility in working with schools and classroom teachers, connecting to schools’ cultures and ongoing projects, and incorporating elements of classroom curricula.

I FELT VERY PROUD OF MYSELF AND MY CLASSMATES. WHEN WE WERE FINISHED IT FELT LIKE I WAS ON THE TOP OF THE WORLD.
— 5th Grade Student
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THE KORESH EFFECT

Koresh Dance Company’s Artistic Director, Roni Koresh, started dancing as a child in Israel. It was in Philadelphia that he became a choreographer, choosing to tell human stories based in passionate memory and the everyday gestures of his own experience—learned not only in the dance studio, but in dance clubs, during his military service, and in the casual postures and movements of the city street. In developing the Koresh Kids Dance program, Director Teresa VanDenend Sorge builds on parallel artistic commitments, designing a curriculum that enables children to tell their own, human stories through the movement vocabularies that are most meaningful in their own lives.

IN AN AGE WHERE ARTS PROGRAMS ARE BEING CUT LEFT AND RIGHT FROM PUBLIC SCHOOLS, KORESH KIDS DANCE IS A BEACON THAT PROVIDES AN IMPORTANT OUTLET FOR YOUNG STUDENTS, FOSTERING THEIR CREATIVITY, COMMUNICATION, AND CRITICAL THINKING SKILLS.
— Philly is Dancing

 

Koresh Kids Dance by the Numbers

18 classes per week • 4 grade levels • 6 credentialed teaching artists • 8 public schools
• 12 years of instruction, creation, and care

 

Fostering Creative Change in Philadelphia since 2006

Thanks to the support of...

The William Penn Foundation

The Dexter F. and Dorothy H. Baker Foundation

Stockton Rush Bartol Foundation

Philadelphia Cultural Fund through the Youth Arts Enrichment Grant