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Loren Freed

Contact Name: Loren Freed

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Phone: (615) 578-8873

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Whether it’s slithering across a gym floor with kindergartners exploring the movement of worms, coaching fifth grade social studies classes in creating choreography about the experiences of immigrants in the early 20th century, leading a group of social workers on retreat in finding their voices through creative movement and drama, doing an improvised waltz in the activity room of a day program with a wheelchair-bound senior, or teaching the steps of a traditional Appalachian dance to a roomful of third graders, Loren Freed has been there and danced that!

For nearly twenty-five years, Loren’s broad experience in sharing movement with a wide range of populations has placed her in settings as diverse as early childhood centers, programs for individuals with special needs (including those living with visual or hearing impairments, developmental delays, and physical handicaps), public and private schools from kindergarten through 12th grade, dance and yoga studios, professional conferences, libraries, museums, church groups, the YMCA, scout troops, senior centers, and residential treatment facilities. She has presented inservice training workshops in creative movement for social workers, City Year staff, community leaders, and teachers from preschool to high school, and has mentored teachers in incorporating arts integration approaches in their classrooms.

Loren holds a Master’s degree in early childhood and elementary education and teacher certification in K — 6 classroom and K — 12 Dance, is a certified children’s yoga instructor through the Radiant Child Yoga Program, received non-formal certification as an Environmental Educator from the Kentucky Environmental Education Council, and holds Yoga Alliance certification (RYT-200) as a professional yoga instructor. She trained with the DANCEABILITY Project to bring creative movement and dance experiences to adults and children living with disabilities, and worked with Very Special Arts to provide programming in day treatment centers and residential homes.

Loren is on the teaching artist rosters of the South Carolina Arts Commission and the Tennessee Arts Commission, and has also served with the Mountain Arts Program, the Kentucky Arts Council, and the Health Promotion Schools of Excellence. Over the last several decades, she has had the privilege of sharing the joy of movement with people of all ages, stages, and conditions of life. She is a native of Queens, New York, and has lived in Nashville, Tennessee since 2012.

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Sample Programs Offered

Program Title: Poetry in Motion

Program Type: Arts Integration

Program Description:

This literacy-based movement program uses educational dance to help children make personal connections with poetry. Structured movement activities explore plot, theme and characterization in children’s poetry while stimulating enjoyment of reading, improving reading comprehension, and boosting creativity and kinesthetic awareness.

Students will be exposed to classic works of poetry and extend their learning through movement exploration. A culminating performance will allow students to share their choreographic creations with other members of the school community.

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Program Title: Earth Dances

Program Type: Arts Integration

Program Description:

An approach to teaching environmental education through creative dance. Activities are based on Project Wet, Project Wild, and Project Learning Tree, and aligned with National Science Education Standards. Sample programs focus on the water cycle, biological diversity, weather, and geological change. This residency may address a variety of topics from earth science to environmental responsibility, and almost anything in between! . Programs are constructed based on teacher request and are flexible in scope.

I am a certified Environmental Educator through the Kentucky Environmental Education Council.

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Program Title: International Folk Dance

Program Type: Arts Integration

Program Description:

Folk dance teaches basic concepts of rhythm, patterning, counting, sequencing, and auditory discrimination while introducing learners to dances from a range of world cultures. Fun, easy to learn, aerobic movements provide an active cultural arts experience.

Students will study dances from a variety of countries and learn the cultural context within which the dances originated, thus providing a window into history through the vehicle of the selected folk dance. The steps of the dances are taught in developmentally appropriate sequences.

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