Dance With Me
Organized by: Jolene Hernandez
The Dance With Me project will host dance workshops in up 18 schools in the Malaysian English Teaching Assistantship (ETA) program.
Money raised through this site will go towards the purchase of special prizes, one of two postcards with a dance related quote, for participants in the dance workshops.To view the postcard designs, click the arrow in the corner of the main photo box on the left side of the page. These simple postcards go a long way for students in the ETA program.
$320 is needed, mostly to cover the cost of rush delivery shipping of these postcards to my home in the U.S as well as cover shipping costs in Malaysia. At the same time, the more postcards I can purchase, the more opportunities I will create for students to receive postcards.
A donation of
$5 will buy 5 postcards
$10 will buy 11 postcards
$22.50 will buy 25 postcards
$42.50 will buy 50 postcards (dropping the price/postcard to .85!)
Select students from each dance workshop will receive this special prize for any of the following reasons:
-Top 2 or 3 female and male dancers at each workshop
- Incentive to talk about their feelings about the dance workshop on camera. They are often shy to speak English, especially when a camera is rolling. These responses will be compiled into a larger video.
- Thank students who participate in the workshop as photographers, videographers or DJs
- Winners of a "raffle" where their name is chosen randomly out of a name list
- Participation in social media contests. For example I will post a challenge on the Facebook page such as “The video with the most likes in 48 hours will receive a special prize”, “The video with the most views on YouTube will get a special prize from Dance With Me,” or “Replicate this dance move” as a way to keep students engaged in the project even after the workshop is over.
Once a winner is declared, I will send/give the postcards directly to the student or send the cards to their ETA to give out to the winning student(s).
Offering a special prize to students will:
-serve as reminder of their experience in the dance workshop
- reward students’ bravery and willingness to participate in a new activity, as participation is voluntary
- encourage students to participate in more activities with their ETA
- keep students engaged with the Dance With Me Project even after the workshop is over
Any postcards not used in the 2015 tour will be used for a future tour.
Each sponsor will be listed on the contributors’ page of the official Dance With Me website.
Read below for a more in depth description of the project or go to dancewithmetour.wordpress.com
As an English Teaching Assistant (ETA) in the Malaysian Fulbright program in 2014, I conducted 11 dance workshops in schools across Malaysia. When the workshops started, students usually started the workshop slightly timid, not knowing what to expect. By the end, students would finish the workshop dancing freely, speaking English without inhibition, asking for pictures and anticipating the final performance for the YouTube video. I want to bring this same experience to the students in the 2015 ETA program. To see videos from last year, click here
Fifteen workshops are booked between August 10 and September 5, with room for 2-3 more workshops, possibly at schools outside of the ETA program. Each workshop will be approximately one hour and 30 minutes to 4 hours long, including time for warming up, learning choreography, taking breaks and a final performance (or two) for creation of the YouTube video. Workshops will be as small as six students but can include up to 60 students maximum.
ETAs are responsible for informing students about the program and choosing a time and space for the workshop to occur, while I am in charge of managing the tour schedule, choreography, video editing and managing DWM social media sites.
I choregraphed six dances and will bring back two dances from last year for a total of eight dances. Each dance will be taught at two schools. I will make a video for the Dance With Me YouTube channel featuring the two schools who dance to the same song.
The main goals of the project are to:
-Build confidence through the challenge of learning choreography
-Bring a piece of American dance culture to students in ‘lower performing’ schools and rural areas
-Provide the building blocks for future performances
-Allow all levels of English language learners to work together in a new activity
In the future I plan to expand this project to more schools inside and outside of the Malaysian ETA program and eventually expand to ETA programs in other countries should there be an interest. In addition, I would like to add other instructors to the Dance With Me team so they can expand their teaching experience and have a unique cultural exchange where they will directly engage with locals while sharing their passion.