Thursday, June 17, 2010

A summer of doing what I love...

I'm a lucky girl. I've been bursting at the seams with excitement- my summer is taking shape, and I couldn't be happier with how things are playing out. I'm thrilled to be involved with some wonderful arts and education related projects! AND I get my afternoons, evenings and weekends free to enjoy summer in New York. What more could you ask for?????

I'll be continuing my work with the YWCA, though for the summer we'll be at PS 90 in Coney Island (I regularly teach at PS 209 in Sheepshead Bay). I'll continue to teach dance and work the other awesome arts specialists as we prepare the kids for a production of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory! This was the first play I was involved with, and my experiences playing Violet Beauregard (the one who turns into a blueberry) served as the preliminary groundwork for my interest in becoming a professional artist. I'm thrilled to spend Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday AM's in Coney Island dancing and creating theatre and art with some of the awesome students I've worked with this past year.

I've also joined my friends at Block Institute to bring them Building Blocks, a dramatic arts program for their summer sessions and respite camps. This is an especially exciting opportunity because Todd, of Block Institute was one of my judges at Miss Brooklyn 2009. After the pageant, he approached me about using my work with my platform to help Block Institute create more arts opportunities for the individuals they serve. I spent months developing Building Blocks for the Block Institute, and am thrilled to be able to implement it into their summer programming! We'll be working on an adaptation of Lewis Caroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass. I'll be spending my Thursday and Friday mornings working with the awesome students and staff at Block Institute!

AND, as I've mentioned in earlier posts (like this one, and this one, and this one) I'm ecstatic to be working with the School of the Future- a free, intergenerational arts-based school that provides unique learning experiences to the public. I'm currently signed up to teach the following courses:

Inner Beauty/ Individuality: What would YOUR sash say?
Saturday 7/17, 12p-2p
DESCRIPTION: Teacher: Keelie Sheridan (Miss Greater New York) Open to all, targeted at ages 5-18) What should you be recognized for? What makes you beautiful? We want to know! Join some local pageant queens for an afternoon of recognition as we celebrate our individuality and create pageant-style sashes to commemorate what makes you awesome.

Irish Ceili Dance
Saturday 7/31, 12p-2p
DESCRIPTION: Teacher: Keelie Sheridan (Miss Greater NYC) Ceili (Irish square dancing) centers on social unity, utilizing pairs and groups to create patterns and sequences. The steps are easy, the music is addicting, and the fun is contagious.

Check out the School of the Future's newly published course calendar for a full listing!!!

Don't be jealous! Well, OK, be A LITTLE jealous...