Attack Theatre conducts residencies in contemporary dance, creative movement and aesthetic education in universities, primary and secondary schools, arts festivals and community centers. The company cultivates an attitude toward education that integrates the artistic process with community building to create successful outreach programs. They were the lead curriculum consultants in revamping the arts curriculum for the Pittsburgh High School for the Creative and Performing Arts in downtown Pittsburgh, and for the arts-infused program for the New Homewood Elementary School (currently named Faison Elementary). As innovators in the integration of movement into the curriculum, Attack Theatre has created successful residency models with educators and organizations throughout the Pittsburgh region. They are currently the dance company in residence in Carnegie Mellon University's School of Music. In partnership with the PA Council on the Arts - Arts in Education Roster (AIE), Gateway to the Arts and the Arts Education Collaborative, Attack Theatre reaches thousands of students and teachers from public, private, rural and urban schools each year.
Attack Theatre's residencies work to demystify dance and the process of creation. We attack each project with clarity, expression and energy. Residency participants develop a lens through which to view dance performance and classes focus on heightening the individuals' natural movement abilities. All Attack Theatre outreach programs focus on activating and empowering participants to view dance, movement, and music as a natural and essential part of living and learning.
Sample Outreach Residencies Include:
Movement as a Complement to the Classroom: A one-day teacher workshop integrating movement into the daily curriculum. (see the teachers' quotes below)
Elementary and Secondary level residencies: Curriculum enhancement through movement; aesthetic education classes for pre-performance viewing.
Modern dance master classes for college and professional level students: Partnering, technique (release based), Musicians and Dancers Improvising and Creating Together, one to three week residencies with or without creating choreography.
Special Populations include: Seniors, Hearing Impaired (intermediate through college age students) and Parents and Children.
Lecture-Demonstrations: The company has created specialized programs for Kindergarten to Senior communities. Our traditional lecture-demonstrations focus on participation and dance concepts explored with example and humor.
Stories in Motion: A dance, storytelling and improvisation based performance for all ages.