Power of Dance Workshop - Reprise

Coming soon! 

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    WORKSHOP FEES    $25 

$35 for non-members

Discounted workshop fees only $25 for members of MDO, MMEA, MOSHAPE or for MAAE Allies includes instruction and light participant lunch/snacks 

To help us in our planning - please register online by Feb. 20, 2024!

Make checks payable to MAAE
mail to:
Phyllis Pasley
2208 Clouds Peak Ct.
Maryland Heights, MO 63043

email: director@moaae.org if you wish to receive an invoice or pay with a school purchase order.

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About the Sessions

Meet the instructors

Session #1
Power of the Body/Mind

In this session participants will develop a 5-7 minute warmup customized to use with their own students PreK and up based on the pedagogical principles of Brain Dance.

Increase your ability to differentiate movement activities for individuals of varied abilities, skill, stamina and levels of flexibility. Increase student focus, body and emotional management to facilitate all learning.

Dr. Lieschen Fink - goramsfootball@yahoo.com 

Dr. Lieschen Fink  is a retired teacher who worked with students in Kirkwood, Riverview Gardens, Ritenour and Hazelwood School Districts, Lieschen received her Doctorate of Education Administration and Education Leadership, and  Specialist degree in Administration and Superintendent Certificate from the University of Missouri St. Louis, her Masters of Education in Humanities/Allied Arts from Truman, adn her Bachelor of Science in Education - Physical Education and Art K-12, with a minor in Dance Studies. Active as adjunct faculty at the collegiate level, a Dance and Fitness instructor, teaching artist and substitute teacher, Lieschen continues to serve the many areas of her passion.

Session #2
Power and Passion
- Rhythm and Blues and Rock 'n Roll

Leverage the power of music and movement as we Integrate movement patterns with history for R&B and Rock n' roll selections with connections to Missouri composers and musicians to take home and use with students in class. Adaptable for all age levels. Simple steps help build student confidence and success with these high energy and low risk activities.

Summer Beasley - sbeasley@micds.org 

Summer Beasley  began her dance training at the age of 3. She continued on her dance journey through college at Webster University BFA  and Lindenwood University MFA. She has performed and choreographed across the U.S. and has performed internationally with Karlovsky & Company Dance. She completed a 200 hour yoga teacher training with Pam Schulte and a 95 hour children’s yoga teacher training with Lisa Roberts. Currently, she teaches dance, creative movement, and yoga at at Mary Institute-Country Day School (MICDS) in the St. Louis area.

Session #3
Power of the Pattern 

Participants learn ways of building community, cooperation and confidence in their students.  Connect with patterns in the music and movement with an exploration of this Square dance and Folk Dance tradition, and uncover ways that this practice connects with your existing curriculum. 

Merle Hall - Caller 


Merle Hall  is the current President of the Missouri Federation of Square and Round Dance Clubs of Missouri. He has been calling since 2014 and Madeline and I started dancing in 2012. 

About the Missouri Federation of Square and Round Dance Clubs of Missouri.

There are 56 squaredance clubs throughout Missouri. Our federation provides support via funding, insurance and scholarships, for square and round dance. Round dance is like choreographed ball room dance. A full set of lessons takes approximately 12 weeks once a week. There are 5 levels; basic, mainstream, plus, advanced and challenge. Squaredance is the state folk dance. It is not clogging but shares moves with other forms of dance such as contra. Most dances include squaredance, line dance, 2 step, round dance and waltz. Square dances consist of a 5 minute patter that is random calls to music and a singer that takes western, po, rock songs and substitutes some phrases with squaredance moves. Health wise squaredance helps stave off dementia and Alzheimer’s improves coordination, improves cardio with low impact exercise, and improves flexibility and balance. Squaredance is recommended for rehab after heart attacked and joint surgeries. Squaredance originated in the USA. It developed from English longways dances, brought over with settlers. It started out as barn dances and because of not having speakers each square had a separate caller. Once speakers were introduced squaredances took off and became very popular. In recent years the squaredance phenomenon has seen a decline but we still dance all over the world. It’s very popular in Europe and Asia. No matter where you dance the calls are in English. 

Session #4
Power of the People 

How has the study of dance brought skills which lead to success beyond the studio, music class, or gym? Where might you find dance resources to enhance your instructional practice? In this session we'll endeavor to answer those questions with some real-life success stories and a showcase of Missouri dance resources.

Special Guests: Kyna Iman 

Meet Kyna Iman, who will share how her dance background helped lead her toward success in her career as a lobbyist.

Also meet our vendors to learn about the resources for your school to help dance come alive!

Did you know? 

Dance leads to increased physical health and well-being?


Schedule Information

Schedule is still being finalized. Updates to come!

 9:30 - Registration

10:00-11:00 - Session 1 - Movement is an asset

11:00-11:10 - Break

11:10-12:10 - Session 2 - Practical application Dance standards in the classroom

12:10-12:40 - Break

12:40-1:00 - Meet the exhibitors

1:00-1:50pm - Session 3 - Movement as skill building and inspiration

1:50-2:00pm - Close


 to the Workshop Site at the Governor's Office Building in Jefferson City

March 2, 2024 

Governor's Office Building

Jefferson City, MO - googlemaps

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Helpful Hints

*The workshop on-site registration/checkin begins at 9:30am. The workshop will run from 10-2pm with light lunch/snacks served. 

(optional) Graduate Credit

Graduate Credit from Lindenwood University is being pursued

Other Things to do

Website section - UNDER CONSTRUCTION

Missouri State Capitol

201 West Capitol Avenue, Jefferson City, MO 65101

The home of the Missouri General Assembly and the executive branch of Government in Missouri is worthwhile stop for its architecture, paintings and statuary. The entrance to the building may be found on the South facing side of the building (the side which faces away from the river) and travel up the curving sidewalk, toward the "carriage entrance" underneath the south steps. 

Hours: M-F 8a-5p; Sat/Sun 8a-4p


Jefferson Landing State Historic Site

100 Jefferson St, Jefferson City, MO 65101

This historic district is maintained by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources and encompasses several state-owned properties. It includes the Chrstopher Maus House, the Union Hotel and the Lohman's Landing (Jefferson Landing) Building.

Reopens March 1-Thanksgiving Hours: M-F 9a-3p, with tours at 9am, 10am, 11am, 1pm, 2pm


Special thanks 

to industry support received from the vendors listed below: