Performing arts refers to art that is performed before an audience. Professionals usually focus on one aspect of art such as drama, dance or music. Others possessing craftsmanship or technical skills often fill supporting roles such as set designers or sound technicians.
The performing arts include dance, music and theater. Many performing artists use their bodies, voices and talents as a means of artistic expression. They include singers, actors, comedians and dancers.
Methow Arts teaching artists have created art videos to help students build a foundation in performing arts concepts and skills. The videos on this page are targeted at students in grades K-6 who are in remote learning situations, and focus on simple dance techniques and other performing arts genres. Let us know what you think.
Intro to Breakdance: Top Rock part 1 (all ages/performing arts)
Teaching artist and breakdancer “Bboy Hero” Miguel Renteria breaks down breakdance for you with a very basic step. You’ll learn the crossover, which is a foundation of breakdance. Miguel has been dancing since he was 12, he has competed in breakdance battles, and has taught breakdance at schools and Boys & Girls Clubs.
You’ll need: open space and music you’d like to dance to
Let’s Dance (all ages/performing arts)
Teaching artist, dancer, and Merc Playhouse Executive Director Missi Smith introduces you to some dance steps that can be used with a wide range of music: musical theatre, jazz, hip hop…whatever you like to listen and move to. Even those who consider themselves to have two left feet will find themselves a little more comfortable on the dance floor–or in the living room–with these moves in their repertoire.
You’ll learn steps like “step touch, “jazz box,” “out cross turn clap,” and “raise the roof.”
Let’s Dance Part 1: K-2nd grade
Once you master these steps you may want to move on to our Let’s Dance Part 2 video, below.
Let’s Dance Part 2: 3rd-6th grade
If you find this video too complicated, we encourage you to begin with Let’s Dance Part 1, above.
Materials: space around you, bare feet, sneakers, or jazz shoes, waterbottle (optional)
West African Rhythms (all ages)
Teaching artist Brooke Bourn gets you moving to the rhythms of West Africa, using various steps from traditional dances. No dance experience required!
What you’ll need: space to move, bare feet
Some of you may be old enough to remember Obo Addy, the late Ghanaian musician/dancer who performed and taught West African dance and drumming workshops in the Okanogan region many times in the past two decades. Learn more about Obo Addy HERE.
Although Obo Addy has passed, you may enjoy learning more about a former member of Obo Addy’s group: Nii-Okaidja Afroso, who shares a message of community and unity through the rhythms and words of his native Ghana. You may even be old enough to remember seeing Okaidja (pronounced Oh-Kie-Jah) perform at your school. Learn more about Okaidja HERE.
Learn to Juggle (all ages/family)
Juggling isn’t easy, but it can be learned in 3 steps and a lot of practice. Longtime juggler Rob Crandall walks you through the steps to becoming a juggler. (performing arts)
Materials: 3 things to juggle such as tennis balls or baseballs, bean bags, or small oranges (ask an adult if this is ok) or use snowballs outside!
Follow this link to create your own juggling balls out of rice and balloons.