Alberta Foundation for the Arts: SK Program Information

Although you may base your grant application solely on your chosen dance or poetry style, the AFA jury expects all grant submissions to be distinct from one another and to assist you in creating a unique grant application, we have included a list of Program Themes that you may choose from in addition to the standard list of Program Styles and Program Formats. The idea is to choose a Program Style, a Program Theme, and a Program Format and use the combined information to create a unique and successful, AFA grant application!

This year, we are basing our Program Themes on the 21st Century Competencies. We have included some brief information about the Program Styles, Themes, and Formats, and now it’s up to you create a vibrant and enriching combination of the three! Of course, let us know if you need any additional information from us!

Recipe for success:

1. Choose a Program Style
2. Choose a Program Theme
3. Choose a Program Format
4. Combine into an unstoppable grant application 🙂

*AFA guidelines also require that you include a detailed residency schedule. We have created a sample schedule for you here.

1. Choose a Program Style

Hip-Hop Dance

Dictionaries define hip‐hop as “The expression of the relationship between youth and their environment” and we certainly agree! Technically Hip‐Hop Dance is a contemporary art form consisting of the foundational styles of poppin’, lockin‘ and Breakin’. Hip‐Hop Dance is physically invigorating, thoroughly satisfying, and entirely safe!

Available Themes: Critical Thinking,  Problem Solving, Innovation

Step Dance

The Step Dance Program (previously known as ‘Stomp’) is based on a rich history of South African gumboot dancing and on the modern styles of “steppin”. Modern/urban interpretations of Steppin’ fall under the umbrella of Hip-Hop dance, with heavy emphasis on the rhythmic components. Students will utilize their bodies to create intricate drum beats, both with and without musical accompaniment. Through this program we offer an accessible interpretation of these dance styles by simplifying and revitalizing age‐old dance moves. The Step Dance Program is a bold and disciplined experience.

Suggested Themes: Communication, Innovation

West African Dance

The African Dance Program is based on a rich history of African Tribal Dancing. African Dance is a full‐body experience which leads the participant through the ancient stories and mythology that has been passed down for centuries and communicated through the art of dance! Through this program we offer an accessible interpretation of these dance styles by simplifying and revitalizing age‐old dance moves.

Suggested Themes: Global Awareness, Communication


Yoga is an age-old practice originating from India that dates back thousands of years. The goal here is to master control of both mind and body through balance and flowing movement. The postures practiced in class will not only encourage physical fitness, but also teach your students about focus, discipline and personal growth, all in a calm but fun environment.

Suggested Themes: Global Awareness, Self Directed Learning

Bollywood Dance

The popularity of Bollywood has taken the world by storm, especially since the 2000’s. Originating from the Indian film industry, this style of dance meshes the rich history of traditional Indian dance with many new Western styles that you may see on Broadway, or in modern hip-hop music videos.

Suggested Themes: Global Awareness, Communication

Latin Dance

The SK Latin program fuses the Latin-American roots of this dance style to showcase the influences of Cuba, Brazil, and more contemporary styles out of LA. It can be danced solo or partnered but is treated as a solo dance experience within the SK In-School Program framework. We’ll have your students dancing their way out of the gym to our energizing Latin beats!

Suggested Themes: Global Awareness, Collaboration

Around the World 1 (Hip-Hop, African, Caribbean)

The Around the World Dance Program is a dynamic exploration of three forms of dance: West African, Caribbean, and Hip‐Hop. All of these dance forms are based on a rich history and are connected in ways that few realize! The combination of these three dance forms gives the students the opportunity to experience a global interpretation of dance from the Ancient African Tribes to the Contemporary world of Hip‐Hop Dance!

Suggested Themes: Critical Thinking, Global Awareness

Around the World 2 (Hip-Hop, Bollywood, Latin)

Around The World (2) combines three seemingly different but surprisingly connected dance styles: Hip-Hop, Bollywood and Latin. Modern BBoying/toprock steps pull a lot of influence from Latin footwork. Bollywood films often feature routines that are largely reminiscent of western hip-hop music videos that you might view on MTV, Vevo and YouTube. This program will take your students on a world tour, allowing them to appreciate both the similarities and differences between this sampling of the global dance palette.

Suggested Themes: Critical Thinking, Global Awareness,

Beat Street (Hip-Hop, Step, Animation)

We’ve combined Hip‐Hop, Stomp and Dub‐Step (Animation) dance styles to create an Urban dance experience that will have your whole school buzzing. We explore the groove of Hip‐Hop, the sounds of Stomp and the electronic influences of Dub‐ Step! Students will learn to balance the flow of robotic dance moves with the powerful precision of steppin’, while also building upon foundational hip-hop styles. We’ll look at the influences London, LA and West Africa have had on these modern dance styles and learn to integrate the original steps of dance with the new expressions we’ve all come to love! This voyage of kinesthetic expression is highly interactive, entirely approachable, and fun, fun, FUN!

Suggested Themes: Global Awareness, Communication, Innovation


Zumba is an upbeat new style of aerobic dance hailing from Columbia. It incorporates hip-hop, soca, samba, salsa, merengue and mambo into one action-packed session. Your students will be exposed to fun and challenging moves in a safe, fitness-oriented manner. This program truly embodies the term “Healthy Hobbies!”

Suggested Themes: Global Awareness, Innovation

Slam Poetry

The SLAM! Poetry Program is an exciting course that aims to reframe the world of Language Arts and give the power of poetic expression a contemporary spin. The program invites students into a new understanding of poems and poetry, works through the misconceptions of poetry, introduces dynamic writing exercises that will include, reading, writing, grammar, context, imagery, metaphors, and similes. The program includes a focus on how to read dynamically through use of space, body language, vocal projection, and breathing.

Suggested Themes: Communication, Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, Innovation

2. Choose a Program Theme

Critical Thinking

“Focuses thoughts and actions to secure responses that are supported by evidence.”

SK Dance Residencies give students the opportunity to look closely at the historical underpinnings of each dance style. Each dance style is an expression of a cultural and social context and it is through examination of these contexts that students may gain insight into the dance form.

Problem Solving

“Identifies strategies and tools that help analyze, develop, and refine solutions.”

Dance is full of opportunities for creative problem-solving! Whether it be in the context of the story being told through a given dance sequence, or simply the physical challenges that arise when exploring a dance form, students must constantly evaluate the state of their bodies and minds and then implement an appropriate course of action.


“Looks beyond the norm for solutions or opportunities that can overcome obstacles.”

There may be nothing more essential to any artistic expression than innovation and this is certainly the case when it comes to dance and the SK Dance residencies. Not only are the dance styles themselves born of innovation but students themselves are also invited into the practice of innovation through opportunities of improvised movement where they must adapt to change and take creative risks.


“Seeks to understand, interpret, and express thoughts, ideas, and emotions.”

Dance is a form of communication. In the mines of South Africa, when workers were not permitted to speak with their families and fellow workers, they would communicate through slapping their boots and stomping their feet. From this need to communicate the dance form now known as gumboot dancing and step, came to be. Whether it be exchanging messages in a mine, or expressing intimate ideas and emotions on stage, dance has always been the universal form of communication.


“Builds relationships and works in teams to achieve common goals.”

Through collaborative exercises and culminate class and school-wide dance routines, the SK Dance Residency provides ongoing opportunities for students to build relationships through collaboration.

Self-Directed Learning

“Takes ownership of learning.”

Through the performance preparation process, students explore the power of the community AND the importance of the individual. It is through self-correction and the act of taking responsibility for one’s own learning that the group becomes a cohesive dance crew!

Global Awareness

“Contributes to the sustainability of the environment and the community.”

SK Dance residencies are like taking a trip around the world! From Hip-hop to West African to Step to Bollywood to Latin dance, all dance forms explored in the SK residency represent a global and cultural context.

3. Choose a Program Format


Process-Focused Program
• Focus is entirely on exploring the dance style
• NO minimum # of sessions. Minimum of 3 Full-Day or 5 Half-Day Program
• Maximum of 55 students/class (1 Instructor) and 75 students/class (2 Instructors w/ extra charge)
• 30 minutes – 1 hour in length/class (15 minutes sufficient for Kindergarten classes)

In-Class Performance
• We work on a routine with each class which they perform in-class on final day. Parents are welcome to observe.
• Minimum of 3 sessions/class
• Maximum of 55 students/class (1 Instructor) and 75 students/class (2 Instructors w/ extra charge)
• 30 minutes – 1 hour in length/class (15 minutes sufficient for Kindergarten classes)

Day-Time Performance
• Each class performs a polished routine at school-wide assembly on the final program day. Everyone is welcome!
• Minimum of 4 sessions/class (additional rehearsal time is recommended)
• Maximum of 45 students/class (1 Instructor) and 65 students/class (2 Instructors w/ extra charge)
• 30 minutes – 1 hour in length/class (15 minutes sufficient for Kindergarten classes)

Evening Performance
• Each class performs a polished routine at formal school-wide evening performance! Everyone is welcome!
• Minimum of 7 sessions/class. Dress rehearsal recommended.
• Maximum of 45 students/class (1 Instructor) and 65 students/class (2 Instructors w/ extra charge)
• 30 minutes – 1 hour in length/class (15 minutes sufficient for Kindergarten classes)