Dance at 108Q!

Mission Statement

    The Dance Education Program introduces Kindergarten through Fifth Grade Students to the world of dance.  Using multiple entry points and interdisciplinary connections, students have the chance to participate as creators, performers, choreographers, researchers, archivists and critics.  Through a variety of approaches including skill-based, aesthetic, historical, cultural, social and creative, students develop a common language for creating, performing and responding to dance.  Students are challenged to set high expectations while developing an understanding for the creative process and utilizing a growth mindset.  The Dance Education Program nurtures a life-long desire for learning and creating, fostering productive habits of mind while discovering the unique expressive power and cultural significance of dance.

Ms. Schneller's Vision for Dance Education

    Dance Education is an opportunity for students to learn more about their own process of thinking and creating.  While performing is an essential component of the art of dance, there is also a unique chance to focus on metacognition (thinking about how we think and learn) and the exploration of one’s self.  Students of dance do not just learn how to produce movement, but understand how movement makes them feel to perform/observe and where movement fits into society and history. 

     Through dance education, students can develop basic problem solving and decision making skills, increase self-awareness, and practice group interaction/cooperation. It develops coordination and focus that can assist students throughout their lifetime.  Students of dance learn principles that govern movement, explore possibilities of movement, develop movement vocabulary and create dances themselves that express their individuality.  It strengthens connections to self, relationships to others and the world around us.  Dance inspires us as doers and observers, placing students in the role of active learner.

Great Websites for Dance:
Arts Alive - this site has so much information about dance.  At the top there is a tab labeled 'Your Turn' which allows you to choreograph a dance with a virtual dancer!  So cool.

Dance - Featuring games, pictures, stories and competitions for kids who love dance.

Artopia - Dance - Meet a dancer, watch a performance and be a dance critic.  Learn the Language of Dance.   Beautiful site!

Kids Make - Info on dance classes in the local area

Kids Make Hip Hop - A website devoted to how students use technology to create dance.  Ms Schneller's mentor, Ms Isaac, created this lovely site. - Video presentation on the history and culture of Tap Dance with the famous Gregory Hines.


Dance Performances in NYC:
Check out these locations for dance performances!

New York City Center -
American Ballet Theatre -
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater -
Dance Theatre of Harlem -
Lincoln Center, New York City Ballet -
New Space at Lincoln Center for free performances: -
The Joyce Theater -
Skirball Center @NYU -Skirball Center NYU
92nd Street Y, Harkness Dance Center - 92nd Street Y
NYC City Parks Events - Free Performances! NYC

Queensborough Performing Arts Center -
Kupferberg Performances at Queens College -
Queens Theatre in the Park -
Flushing Town Hall -
Jamaica Performing Arts Center -
York College CUNY Performing Arts Center -
Queens Council on the Arts -
Queens Public Library - Events at South Ozone Park Branch- 

Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) -
DUMBO Dance Festival -

Great resource for finding activities for all ages:


Reanna, Chelsea and Amanda, students from 4-406 created an anti-bullying poem to use as lyrics for our Hip Hop rap exploration.  With backup beat boxing by John and Ryan, here is "Make It Stop":

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Make It Stop

I've been bullied once or twice
People just don't know how to be nice
My heart is broken
My voice unspoken
Will you help me make it stop?
People get bullied in a pop
Being bullied breaks my heart
It takes the meaning of friendship apart!
Bullying, let's make it stop.


New video added to Thrill the World at PS 108Q page 10/27/17


New videos added to yoga pages  9/20/17

For grades 2-5 there are now videos posted of the Sun Salutation so that you can practice at home!  5th Grade also has two video versions of my Muscle Naming Dance!  Just click on your grade level on the sidebar to the left.  Then scroll down to the bottom of that page to find Unit 1: Yoga and click on it.

November 2018 Dance Events

  • Savoy! Dancing Through the Swing Era @ Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning.  Friday, November 2nd @ 7:30 PM.  Tap your feet to authentic vintage fashions and jazz music from the 1920-40s by Big Band greats.  Audiences are welcome to sing and dance along!

October 2018 Dance Events

  •  Fall for Dance 2018 @ New York City Center.  See a wide variety of professional dancers from all over the world performing all styles of dance.  Oct. 1st  – 13th.  All tickets $15!
  • Balanchine: The City Center Years @ New York City Center Oct 31st – Nov 4th.
  • Song of the Mermaid @ New York City Center.  K-Arts Ballet re-imagines the Little Mermaid tale.  October 20th & 21st.
  • Robbins 100 by the New York City Ballet @ Koch Theater.  A tribute to the late great Jerome Robbins.  Oct. 10-13.

    Also check out Ms Schneller's list of movies that feature dance on the menu to the left. "Dance on Film" lists many movies that you can rent on Netflix or any DVD rental service.

If you need to buy any dance gear like shoes, tights or clothes, use the link below to Discount Dance Supply.  If you use my teacher referral code: TP64971, you will get a 10% discount off your first purchase (and 5% off additional purchases) AND you will help our school earn points towards more costume items for our performances!

Discount Dance Supply

Oz with a Twist Slideshow!  From our Winter Concert 2013/2014

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Slideshow of photos from the Motown Nutcracker 2012/2013

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