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For the next six weeks, we’ll teach you how to choreograph a story from your life. To kick things off, Director of Education and Community Engagement Carolyn Guido Clifford explains how the project will work in this welcome video. Follow her journey as she creates a dance inspired by an untold story in her family, then create one of your own! Each week, we’ll have videos and live Q & A discussions with choreographers who’ve created work for our Main Company. From inspiration to the final creation, you too can be a storyteller through dance and create a piece of art that ready for the stage. We can’t wait to see what you create.

Week 1 – Inspiration

It’s WEEK ONE of our Story Choreography Project! This week is all about INSPIRATION. Cincinnati Ballet Director of Education and Community Engagement Carolyn Guido Clifford shares how a conversation with her grandmother sparked the idea for her piece. Be inspired and start your own choreography project! What memory or moment from your family history do you want to explore through movement? Be sure to use the hashtag #storychoreoproject​ so we can follow your journey, and check out our Inspiration Resource Video for a step-by-step guide to starting your project.

If you have quetions, you can enter them on this form and we will answer them live on Facebook Thursday, April 22.

So, what’s your idea? Taking the first step can sometimes be the hardest. Use this Resource Guide for ideas on how to find that spark of inspiration. It could be a conversation with a family member or maybe a fond memory of something from childhood. Whatever sparks your creativity, let your imagination inspire you!

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Week 2 – Inspiration

You’re almost a week into your first step in your choreography journey! Would you like to know how a choreographer from Cincinnati Ballet finds his inspiration to create? Here’s Cincinnati Ballet artist and choreographer Taylor Carrasco during our Facebook Live Q & A on inspiration.

Week 3 – Physical Storytelling

It’s WEEK THREE of our Story Choreography Project! This week is all about PHYSICAL STORYTELLING. Cincinnati Ballet Director of Education and Community Engagement Carolyn Guido Clifford continues to guide us through the storytelling journey. Be sure to use the hashtag #storychoreoproject​,​ so we can follow your progress, and check out our Physical Storytelling Resource Video for a step-by-step guide Downloadable worksheets are also available.

If you have quetions, you can enter them on this form and we will answer them live on Facebook Thursday, May 6.

Week 4 – Physical Storytelling

You’re well on your way to choreographing your own work. It can be challenging to connect emotions to movement. Here’s Cincinnati Ballet Resident Choreographer Jennifer Archibald during our Facebook Live Q & A on physical storytelling.

Week 5 – Experimentation & Creation

If you have quetions, you can enter them on this form and we will answer them live on Facebook Thursday, May 20.

You did it! You’re reaching the final step in the process. Here we put all the pieces together. It’s WEEK FIVE of our Story Choreography Project! This week is all about EXPERIMENTATION AND CREATION. Cincinnati Ballet Director of Education and Community Engagement Carolyn Guido Clifford finishes up her peice about her grandmother. Now it is time for you to connect the dots and bring your dance to life. Be sure to use the hashtag #storychoreoproject,​ so we can follow your progress.

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Week 6 – Experimentation & Creation

It’s our final interview for the Story Choreography Project! Hear from choreographer and dance educator Jennifer Golonka during a recent Facebook Live Q & A.

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