Teachable Moments: Special Olympics


As you may remember I have been serving this past year on a project my professor runs in Chinatown for Chinese-American children with ASD.  To close out the year we held a special olympics.  The event was high energy and so much fun to be a part of.  Again for this event I choreographed three dances for the students and parents to take part in, as well as manned the races.  Photos from the event have just been posted on the organizations facebook page. So take a look, and see if you can spot me in the background of many of the photos.  I bet you can’t help but smile when you see the joy on all the student’s faces.

If you want to see even more photos of events we held, there are also photos from our fundraising concert in February on their page as well.  There you can see the costumes I created for them (which you can find directions to here and here) and me looking overly eager as I lead the dances I choreographed for them to preform.


Teaching Moments: Fundraiser Dance


If you remember I was making (inexpensive and easy) costumes for three dances I choreographed for my students to preform at fundraiser for their Autism education program and other center related programs for new immigrant families in Chinatown.  Well yesterday was performance day.  Even with gales of blustering wind, and a mass outpouring of snow, the event was a success.  The patrons who managed to brave the treacherous winter conditions were a incredibly enthusiastic audience as they watched my students dance, listened to piano performances and purchased student art from the art show.    Continue reading “Teaching Moments: Fundraiser Dance”

Teachable Moments: How to (cheaply) Make Large Flowers from Poster Board

I volunteer Saturday afternoons to help with an eduction program for children with Autism in New York’s Chinatown.  It is run out of the Chinese Christian Herald Crusaders Church which is a subsidiary of the non profit organization Hope for New York.  The organization strives to serve immigrant families by providing them with a community center to connect with one another and a variety of social services.  Currently, there is work underway for a fundraiser in February, where proceeds will help support the center’s valuable activities throughout 2014.

For the event, I have choreographed three dances for my students to preform.  The kids have enthusiastically spent the last three months practicing our pieces over and over.  My dedication to this endeavor even went as far as to (embarrassingly) have Jay film me preforming the numbers in our apartment living room so that my students could practice them at home.  I am excited to see the outcome of all their hard work.


Now the next phase to conquer are the costumes.  The needs and abilities of my children vary from severe to moderate, and as such we have some students who want to take part but won’t be dancing as much as their peers.  Therefore, I am creating simple, sensory minded costumes for them to wear on stage to make them an equally vital part of the performance.  Each dance has a different costume and the first is bright, vibrant flowers for a hip hoppy, Cha Cha style piece.  The best part is that each of our three costume styles will be created for less than $2.50 a piece.  This is a fundraiser after all!

Continue reading “Teachable Moments: How to (cheaply) Make Large Flowers from Poster Board”