RC Dance Discovery: Folk Dance Journeys and Stories to Stage

Travel to six continents on a Folk Dance Journey Around the World or connect dance with history in An American Dance Discovery. Dive into the pages of favorite children’s books in the colorful Stories to Stage. Innovative new Math in Dance workshops use movement to create deeper understanding of concepts traditionally taught on paper.

RC Dance Discovery performed an enthusiastic and engaging show that was greatly enjoyed by both students and staff.  Every time a volunteer was needed, student hands immediately went up in the air!


Rebecca Cornelius is a performing artist in residence for the Maryland State Arts Council and recently completed the Teaching Artist Institute Certification I & II, 2009-10.  She holds a BFA in Design, Technical Theater and Dance, a MEd. in Early Childhood Education in addition to a teaching certificate in Children’s Dance from the School of the Hartford Ballet.  College teaching credits include Hartt School of Music, University of hartford and The Center for Creative Youth, Wesleyan University.  She has been a presenter for NAEYC and Headstart.  Rebecca has over 20 years experience in professional dance teaching, professional development for teachers, choreography, and dance performances for public and private schools.

Artist’s website: RC Dance Discovery


An American Dance Discovery
Explore what makes American dance unique and understand how it developed over time through the influence of politics, societal norms, and immigration. Audiences learn dance steps and connect eventful times in American history.

Folkdance Journey Around the World
Take a dance journey around the world and explore what makes dance unique to different cultures, people, and places. Varied dances demonstrate cultural traditions as you follow a map of the world. Audience members participate in dances throughout this lively program, which can be custom-tailored to suit specific units of study.

Stories to Stage
Relive favorite books and stories while exploring how music and dance help create characters, settings, and plots.

  • A contemporary version of Maurice Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are features “Maxine” arguing with her mother about her messy room, then sailing off to dance with wild things to create a “rumpus” through dance. Props, instruments, and costumes fill the senses and stimulate the imagination!
  • Ezra Jack Keats’ The Snowy Day encourages young students to create in their minds the magic of snow through actions of the characters, the setting/props, and movement. Dance with Peter to make a snowstorm, build a snowman, and throw gigantic snowballs. Students discover expressive movement through the characters, emotions, and narrative.

Single $695/Back-to-Back $795

Fees above are for daytime school programs in Maryland, Washington, DC and northern Virginia only.

Evening, weekend, workshop and non-school fees differ – please contact us.

Additional travel fees apply.


Choreography Workshop
Improvise, choose music, and combine movement through the study of the elements of dance (Body, Space, Time, Energy). Create an original dance through the understanding of theme, variation, form, canon, motif, repetition, balance, contrast, unity, and sequence.

Folk Dance Journey Workshop
Customize programs to support Social Studies curriculum by connecting ideas related to history, cultural traditions, immigration, and the fusion of cultures. Workshops may feature dances from Mexico, Israel, Russia, Taiwan, Africa, France, Italy, Scotland, and the U.S.

Math in Dance
Students use math concepts to choreograph movement in an open space. Investigate how all dance includes symmetry, shapes, angles, line, numbers, series, patterns, repetition, addition, multiplication, division, and fractions. By reinforcing math concepts with kinesthetic learning, a student will never forget the basics!

Please Contact Us for Workshop, Multi-Day Workshop, and Residency Fees

Additional travel fees apply.

Audience, Preschool, Elementary School, Middle School, High School

Art Forms, Dance, Music, Storytelling, Theatre

Program Type, Performance, Workshop, Residency

Curriculum/Theme, Language Arts, Social Studies, World Languages

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