Dance St. Louis brings teaching artists from our performing companies for intensive three-week residencies each semester, culminating in free attendance at matinees. In the 2015-2016 – 50th Anniversary season, residencies will related to the Paul Taylor Dance Company and MOMIX in Alchemia and reach about 200 under-served students at urban middle and high schools.

Program Overview

The Monsanto Dance Education Residency Program offers school-time classes five days per week at these urban public schools: Central Visual and Performing Arts (VPA) High School, Carr Lane VPA Middle School, Grand Center Arts Academy, McKinley Classical Leadership Academy, Normandy High School, and University City High School. In the residency classes, students receive instruction in the resident company’s technique, create their own short choreography, and participate in activities that make cross-curricular connections with language arts, social studies, career development, music, and health. Each student receives a Study Guide created by the Dance St. Louis education director in collaboration with the visiting teaching artists. The curriculum and Study Guides are aligned to state and national education standards.

Dance St. Louis uses several forms of assessment to analyze the success of the Monsanto Dance Education Residency Program. Using a rating form based on national and state dance education standards, Artistic Director Michael Uthoff makes an observational written assessment of each student’s dance skills at the beginning and end of each residency experience. This procedure enables Dance St. Louis to identify individual students with the exceptional talent to be considered for the Dance Career Award Program, as well as to monitor the progress of each residency as a whole. Written pre- and post-quizzes are used to test the students’ learning in cross-curricular areas such as music, visual arts, social studies, and health, as well as students’ enjoyment.

Dance St. Louis uses several forms of assessment to analyze the success of the Monsanto Dance Education Residency Program. Written pre- and post-quizzes are used to test the students’ learning in cross-curricular areas, and their attitudes towards attending and participating in the arts. Observational assessments are used to measure the improvement in the students’ dance skills and technique.

DANCE CAREER AWARD PROGRAM: During each fall residency, Dance St. Louis identifies students from the Monsanto Dance Education Residency Program who are exceptionally talented and motivated. Dance Career Award students are offered guidance and support towards college dance programs, company auditions, and ultimately, careers in the challenging world of professional dance.