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Kate Kuper offers creative dance and movement educational resources, professional development and mentoring for teachers (current and future) families and providers in all settings who work with preschool through 8th grade children.

The author of four instructional audio compact discs, Brain Bop (2008), AlphaBeat (2001), Step On The Beat (1998, 2010) and Songs for Dancing (1994, 2012), Kuper promotes accessible movement activities for use in classrooms, dance studios, day care, home-schools, and at home.

Kate is a Teaching Artist, working with children, from preschool through 8th grade. All her materials are kid-tested, and evolved from teaching to and creating with children over many years.

 

Books and CDs news

Songs for Dancing

Professional Development at your fingertips!....

Song for Dancing is a tool for learning and teaching creative dance to preschool and primary children.
Published by Heritage Press, this updated, improved version includes an instructional DVD, detailed book and jam-packed CD and visual aids. Purchase copies directly from Kate
or through West Music, J W Pepper (a best seller on their website!), Heritage Press and others.
Watch "Galloping Song" and more from the DVD on YouTube. See sample pages and listen to tracks from the book.

Brain Bop available for download

You can now download Brain Bop tracks through itunes or Amazon. Find support material on the Brain Bop page.

AlphaBeat Companion Guide and download

Download tracks through itunes or Amazon.
Download the AlphaBeat Companion Guide as well as Target Concepts, Learning Objectives and prompts for reflection questions.

 

 

Community classes

Classes in Creative Dance for Children at UIUC

"We love this class so much! I am thankful to have an age-appropriate, back-to-basics dance class available in this community. Veronica has learned so much, but to her it's all just good fun." Jennifer B., parent of a child in the 6-7s class

JOIN US! Fall 2014 Creative Dance for Children
11-week session begins September 6, 2014
4-5 year olds meet from 9:00-9:45 a.m.; 6-7 and 8-10 from 10-11 a.m.

Find class information and register on-line on the dance at illinois website.
Visit the photo gallery to see pictures from class!

Dance for People with Parkinson's Disease

I lead a monthly dance class with colleague Marianne Jarvi at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts. Classes are held the third Friday morning of each month, 10-11:30. The class is free and open to anyone over 50 with flexibility, balance and mobility issues. Watch a video of our program.

Watch a Jim Lehrer News Hour program about this work, with David and John from the Mark Morris Dance Group who taught us this methodology.

Read an article about the class published in the Daily Illini in May, 2010.

On the Brain Bop page, download a handout of The Developmental Movement Pattern Sequence that you can do sitting in a chair, as we do in our class. You can also purchase a CD of music to use with The Sequence.

Visit the photo gallery to see pictures from class!

Osher Life Long Learning institute
an insider's guide to viewing dance: A Lecture Series

Local community members over 50 can sign up for my lecture series through the Osher Life Long Learning Institute. These lectures give valuable insight into the processes and aesthetics of the choreographers in the UIUC Department of Dance, from BFA candidates through faculty and guest alumni. Each lecture corresponds to one of four departmental concerts presented annually. For info about the OLLI series, contact Kate Freeman.

Activate! Magazine

Activate! Magazine is a bimonthly periodical designed for K-6 music teachers published by Heritage Music Press, a division of the Lorenz Corporation. I've been a regular contributor to this terrific magazine since 2009. Visit the Heritage Music Press Facebook page and click on "videos" to see me teach Action Dance and The Snowflake Dance from AlphaBeat.

Calendar

January - May, 2014

January 9 - Dancetalk workshop
Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washigton, D.C.

January - Dance Residency for Champaign County Head Start (Savoy & Rantoul) through a grant from the Illinois Arts Council's Arts-in-Education Program

April11 - University of Wisconsin - Whitewater Early Childhood Conference

May 19-23 - Garden Hills Elementary Champaign, IL Simple Machines and ME residency with third graders

January - May, 2013

January 7 & 8 - Dancetalk and Dancing Machine workshops
Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washigton, D.C.

January & February - Dance Residency for Champaign County Head Start (Savoy & Rantoul) through a grant from the Illinois Arts Council's Arts-in-Education Program

February 8/9 - Ohio Music Educators Association, Columbus, OH

April 5 & 6 - University of Wisconsin - Whitewater Early Childhood Conference

May 6-15 -Yankee Ridge Elementary, Urbana, IL through a grant from the Urbana Public Arts Commission.

May & June, 2012

May 12 - Creative Dance for Children Spring Session Informance. Classes resume after Labor Day.
June 11 - Music and Dance program to kick off First Baptist Church MUSICAMP, Decatur, IL

April, 2012

April 4 - Songs for Dancing workshop, Montessori School of Champaign-Urbana

April 13 - University of Wisconsin - Whitewater Early Childhood Conference
Brain Bop session

April 27 - Indiana AEYC Conference, Indianapolis
Songs for Dancing session

March, 2012

March 19 & 20 - Dancetalk and AlphaBeat workshops
Great Neck Arts Center, Great Neck, NY

March 28 - Indiana State University, Terre Haute, IN (For college students)

February, 2012

Feb. 13 - March 15 - Head Start (Savoy and Rantoul, IL) Dance Residency

Feb. 23 - Parkland College, Champaign, IL - Workshop for Early Childhood Teachers

January, 2012

Washington Early Childhood School, Urbana, IL - 5- week residency
Indiana Music Educators Association Conference

December, 2011

December 13 - 10 a.m. The Rhythm Is You! with Rocky Maffit
PASS Series, Kirkland Auditorium, Millikin University,
Decatur, IL Sponsored by the Decatur Area Arts Council.

June, 2011


June 23: The Rhythm is You! Performance with Rocky Maffit
Champaign 150th Unity Celebration

Dance Residency for Champaign County Head Start (Savoy, Rantoul and Champaign) through a grant from the Illinois Arts Council's Arts-in-Education Program

May, 2011


Three-day residency for Harristown Elementary School, Harristown, IL through a grant from the Decatur Area Arts Council

April, 2011


Urbana, IL
Teacher In-Service: Sponsored by U of I Child Care Resource Services
Brain Bop!: Social and Emotional Well-Being through Movement

Decatur, IL
Teacher In-Service: Sponsored by U of I Child Care Resource Services
Brain Bop!: Social and Emotional Well-Being through Movement

Friday, April 8
Indiana AEYC Conference
Indianapolis
AlphaBeat: Movement, Music and Language Development

March - May, 2011


Dance Residency for Rantoul Head Start through a grant from the Illinois Arts Council's Arts-in-Education Program

March 1 - April 28
Dance Residency for Champaign Early Childhood and Head Start, Champaign, IL

February 1 - February 24
Dance Residency for Head Start, Savoy, IL

Thursday, January 27
Chicago Metro AEYC
Hyatt Regency McCormick Place
Brain Bop! Get Smart and Calm Down through Movement

Calendar Archive

Browse Kate's events calendar from 2006-2010.