This workshop will deliver a number of new, easy but effective, techniques for using choreography, dance and movement in your class. Whether you are preparing for a school concert, or using dance or movement in the classroom, this will be an effective bag of tricks for the non-dance teacher. (Staging, grouping, formations and steps – fast and effective). If you are putting your kids on stage as a music teacher or classroom teacher, this will give some fun things to try right away in your classroom.
K-8 Teachers (Classroom, Music and PE)
Lena Palermo - B.FA, B.ED, M.ED in Leadership and Technology (completing in March 2019)
Lena Palermo has been an educator in both B.C. and Ontario for 24 years (K-12) . Passionate about both the Performing Arts and Technology she continually finds ways to connect the two to improve engagement of learners in the classroom. Lena trained at Juilliard School in NYC, holds a B.F.A. from University of Windsor, a B.ED from the University of Western Ontario and is in the final stage of her M.Ed in Leadership and Technology from the University of Ontario Institute of Technology. Her teaching career began at Claremont Secondary (1995-2004) as a Performing Arts Teacher and Department Head. In Toronto (2005-2016), she created her own performing arts academy (Star Potential Studios) and Theatre (Studio 60 Theatre) while also working for the TCDSB. During her time in Toronto she began working with Technology in schools and sharing new learning with staff while also doing curriculum writing for the board. Lena was thrilled to return to Victoria in 2016 and has been teaching in SD61 and SD 63. She has been a conference presenter for BC teachers at Tapestry 2017 and 2018, is a Mentor Teacher with SD61, is currently finishing an eBook on best practices for the implementation of Technology in BC Classrooms and was part of author team for “The Impact of Technology on Mental Health in Adolescents”. When not at the computer or working in the classroom you will find her leading the Peninsula Singers adult show choir as Artistic Director.