hdd education is a curriculum-based residency program for schools, after-school programs, and community centers led by HDD teaching artists. We challenge students to view and interact with their surroundings in new, creative ways. With the ability to be adapted for various skill levels and lengths of time, hdd education activates participants’ minds and bodies through site-specific education and performance, enabling students to take part in creative experiences in their own neighborhoods and re-imagine them as spaces for art making/creative expression.

Workshops begin with class work, exploring time, space, and other concepts to gain familiarity with movement. As the residency progresses, students navigate themes using improvisation and other dance exercises to obtain vocabulary, confidence and comfortability. Lastly, with the guidance of our teaching artists, students will field trip around campus to locate a site that speaks to them and supports the theme for the final performance. Once all parties are locked in on a space, students and teaching artists will begin to animate the space and prepare for the final, which takes place on the last class and in front of an audience.

In the past four years, we have conducted education residencies at schools and community centers including: East LA Performing Arts Academy, Warren Lane Elementary School, El Sereno Middle School, A Place Called Home, St. Mary’s Academy, Culver City Middle School, Culver City High School, Gabriella Charter School, Salesian Boys & Girls Club, Watts/Willowbrook Boys & Girls Club, Seoul Arts Academy, and East LA Community Center.