New Horizons on Tour – a Day of Immersion
In 2011, 1400 children attended Moscow Ballet’s “New Horizons on Tour” a day of enrichment and cultural immersion. Rooted in the performing arts, the three-pronged approach to developing happy and healthy children addresses children’s dietary, movement and creative expression behaviors through unique, hands-on experiences with Moscow Ballet dancers.
READING Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker story book before the performance is a critical first-step in the immersion activities. Hearing the story read aloud activates children’s learning and cognitive processes according to published experts in the field.
MOVEMENT exercises with the Russian professionals... children are led in exercises based on ballet principals extracted from Ballet is the Best Exercise, by prima ballerina Cynthia Gregory. Nutrition guidelines, created by nutritionist Deb Phillips, are also presented to the children.
INTERACTIVE PUPPET PLAY AND STORYTELLING with these professional role models is often a once-in-a-lifetime experience providing memories and inspiring children for the rest of their lives.
CULMINATES in seeing the Great Russian Nutcracker opening children’s awareness of the creative process. Experiencing top Russian dancers, Tchaikovsky’s score, 200 hand-sewn costumes, and 9 hand-painted backdrops takes children to a place where imagination becomes real, empowering their own creative self.
New Horizons Sample Day
Diversity, Peace and Tolerance with Moscow Ballet
Welcome and reading of Great Russian Nutcracker –and 4 other classic ballet stories from MB book while students hear the music in the background and draw or paint to the story.
Movement class –Moscow Ballet dancer leads exercises warming up and toning the entire body using movements inspired by the 2 stories. Tools: MB dancer teaches (no bars or mirrors) class using CD music or MP3 file
Learn a dance a day and paint set pieces – children learn GRN Party dance Monday, Mice dance Tuesday, Angel dance Wednesday, Snowflake dance Thursday and paint their set pieces Friday. They can also learn ethnic dances. Tools: head dresses, colorful scarves improvised as costumes, 6 x 5 ft backdrop (Snow Forest GRN)
Brown bag lunch (MB dancer has a break)
Around the World movement class ethnic dances from Great Russian Nutcracker and more from world heritages over 5 days: Tarantella, Mazurka, Kalinka, Chardash, etc. Tools: MB teacher uses CDs with music of ethnic dances
Make & Enjoy healthy ethnic snacks over 4 days and rehearse for the end of week demonstration. Tools: sponsor donates snack and/or use simple no cook recipes