Dance and Movement

Let’s collaborate together through the inspiration of books!

STYLE Teaching artist Franchesska Berry will get kids up and active inside their own classroom (in-person/virtual). We will represent stories using dance and movement. This is a fantastic way to be creative with movement, with our bodies and learn some stories from our wonderful Teaching Artist.

This session can be an addition to our songwriting program. Students can create movements that are inspired by the songs students already created. It’s another way to look at books and other subjects from a different angle.

Franchesska Berry, Dancer & Intercultural Arts Education Specialist will provide a Traditional African Music and Dance Residency or class. Franchesska Berry’s introduction to West African Dance and Culture—Student learners are greeted in the languages of Wolof and French. Western students are immediately transformed into international intercultural students The cultural immersion experience is supplemented by a lecture, question, answer sessions regarding West African culture, along with hands on interactive sharing of contemporary West African dance, music and cross cultural experience.

Dance and Movement Includes:

  • Franchesska Berry (when available)
  • STYLE teaching artist(s)
  • Learning to tell stories with your body
  • Cross-curricular lessons in critical thinking, dance and musical concepts
  • Webpage for each class
  • Creation of original dance for each class
  • Recording of each class’s creation (YouTube, download or email)

We align with the Common Core State Standards and 21st Century Skills.

Dance with Franchesska Berry

Check out Franchesska dancing to the wonderful music of Oliver ‘Tuku’ Mtukudzi.

Music Song title: Zirwere from the Africa Fete ’99 Various Artists World 1999.

We hope to create more dances and West African stories for you along the way.

Be on the lookout…

Learn more about what the STYLE Read-Aloud and Soundtrack program can do for your school.

Project Based Learning

Students work in a highly collaborative environment, building lasting connections to reading, music, fellow classmates, and the world.


We challenge students to think critically and connect the themes of a book to themselves, to other texts, and to real world problems.


Students collaborate in the songwriting process, applying their connections and conversations to generate a song inspired by the book.


Taking their collaborative work to the next level, students create artwork and a professional recording of their song using 21st century skills and technology.

STYLE Programs

Songwriting/Library Program

STYLE works with every single class inside your elementary school during scheduled library time. Every class will create a song inspired by a book read in class.

Multiple session Elementary Residency

We will take your students on a journey from finding inspiration in a book, to writing and recording a song with professional musicians and producers.

Native American Storytelling Program with Sondra Segundo

Create a sports anthem inspired by the Native American story of the Thunderbird.

Filmmaking, Storytelling, and Technology

This program focuses on the creation of a movie that is built by your students. They will write, produce, act, and edit their way through the creation of a full short movie.

Dance and Movement with Franchesska Berry

Join Franchesska Berry in discussing Dance, Movement and Storytelling through her West African culture.

Hybrid Program with both In-Person and Virtual elements

Your students will journey through the songwriting and recording process inspired by a book taught by Teaching Artists from all over the country through 3 Days of video lessons. The final 2 days of the session will be with STYLE’s Songwriting and production team in the classroom.

Specialized Program for your school

Do you want something special for your school surrounding Music, Books, Dance, Sound FX or more. Let us know! We’ll work to do what is best for your school.

Assembly (When available)

We’ll come to your school and put on a music/reading oriented assembly. Educational and fun!

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