Dance 122: Movement for Men

In fall 2018, Alan Brown collaborated with Christina Soriano, Director of Dance at Wake Forest University, to teach a special section of DCE 122: Movement for Men with a focus on education and literacy. 

Within the class, students engaged in readings and movement activities that connected poetry, dance, visual imagery, multimodal literacies, physical literacy, brain-based learning, and the student-athlete identity.

The students took what they learned about the ways that movement shapes and illuminates their personal identities, creative processes, and academic experiences to share with fourth grade students at Brunson Elementary School, a local public school in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

Movement for Men students engaged with the following questions throughout the semester: (1) How can poetry be a source for original movement studies? (2) How can visual materials be a tool for movement and literacy? (3) How does the way we move in the world reveal who we are, and how do we perform these identities as movers?

Movement for Men students taught language and movement activities centered on poetry from The Crossover by Kwame Alexander, sports photographs from the Wake Forest art collection taken by legendary Sports Illustrated photographer Walter Iooss, and their own creative writing. During each visit to Brunson Elementary, Movement for Men students used their writings and accompanying movements as models for their fourth grade counterparts, who then created their own embodied expressions of language.

There were sixteen students enrolled in the fall 2018 section of DCE 122. These students also participated in a variety sports at Wake Forest University, including baseball, cross country, golf, football, soccer, and tennis.

For more information, see this Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools news article by Kim Underwood.

2018 Movement for Men students at Brunson Elementary School 
with Principal Jeff Faullin (left) and instructors Christina Soriano and Alan Brown (right)