Parsons Dance conducts a wide range of outreach services, including targeted performances, workshops, master classes, lecture demonstrations, and question-and-answer sessions for participants of all ages and needs. Our philosophy, to partner directly with community leaders to customize a comprehensive program, is the crux of our approach to education and outreach. Composed of eight dancers and Artistic Director, David Parsons, Parsons Dance performs residency/community outreach activities across the nation and around the world every season. The company has conducted extensive statewide residencies and outreach in Florida, Wisconsin, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, and Kansas City among others. In addition to the activities suggested below, we will be happy to design a specific outreach program tailored to the needs of your community.
The company organizes shortened performances for students to attend during the school day. These performances are tailored to your school’s curriculum and student interests. Matinee shows also incorporate audience participation when available and are designed for all grades K-12. The hour long show will be comprised of approximately 40 minutes of dance and a 20 minute question and answer session. (Suggested length: 1 hour)
Suitable for all ages, demonstrations feature excerpts from our diverse repertory, such as The Envelope, Sleep Study, Class Act, Caught, Nascimento, and explain aspects of production (lights, masking, sound, etc.). Also ask about our company study guide to incorporate dance discipline across the curriculum. (Suggested length: 1 hour minimum)
Available for students of all levels, non-dancers, as well as professionals, our classes in modern and repertory are taught by company artists and Artistic Director David Parsons. Suitable space, marley floor covering, drum accompaniment or music capabilities are required. (Suggested length: 1.5 hours)
Individuals with Special Needs
We customize workshops, master classes, and performances to cater to all our participants needs. From persons on the autism spectrum to blind and deaf students, Parsons Dance has worked individuals with diverse abilities. Recently, the company presented its first autism-friendly performance in Danville, Kentucky, and continues to expand its outreach initiatives to make dance accessible to everyone. Please contact us directly to develop a customized program for your community.
Question and Answer Sessions
Following a performance, we are happy to conduct a post-show Q&A—moderated or unmoderated—to allow your audience to meet the dancers and to receive a behind-the-scenes look at the company.
Dance Photography and Video
Using a very sophisticated camera tethered to a video screen, students will learn the elements of composition when taking a great dance photo. After working over three decades with dance photographers like Lois Greenfield and Annie Leibovitz, Mr. Parsons has honed photography as a tool to bring out the inner creativity and confidence in students through both still photography and video. Members of Parsons Dance will work with people of all ages and skill levels, teaching creative elements of music, movement, camera techniques and terminology. This activity has worked very well in the past with developmentally disabled youngsters and at-risk youths. This residency activity was developed at Families First in Irvine, California. Company cameras supplied. Portable stereo system and television monitor are required. (Suggested length: 1.5 hours)