This Saturday, a busload of advanced theater and visual
arts students from Rowland High School will learn from
professional improvisational studio musicians and L.A. legendary choreographer, Shirley Martin.
“Our students will get the chance to be exposed to studio
musicians (including Big Black, who has worked for many years with Dizzy
Gillespie and Miles Davis), and choreographer Shirley Martin and her dance
troupe, The Martin Dancers. This
will enable our students to have a greater understanding of movement and
different creative processes and approaches as they begin to work with 75
elementary students this fall in a comprehensive arts education program to
expose elementary students to the arts,” said Rowland High Drama Teacher,
Patricia Doublet De Lion.
Thanks to two grants from the Art Education Partnership Grant from
L.A. County Supervisor Don Knabe, and the FOR US Foundation, Doublet-De Lion and Mala Frank-Gavin are bringing Killian Elementary students
to visit the Rowland
High School campus two
days a week for four weeks to learn theatre and visual arts.
learn selections from “Seussical the Musical” from the instructors
and their advanced high school students. It will culminate in a performance
that parents of the elementary students can attend.
“We aim to give
students, both advanced and elementary, a comprehensive arts education through
the integration of visual art, music, theatre and dance,” said