Sharon Lee McColl
3009 Venice Boulevard
Oklahoma City, OK 73107
Dance: Creative Movement
Childhood, Adolescents, Adults, and Elders
Schools: pre-k and elementary
Central Oklahoma and OKC metro; school year
Sharon McColl is a nurturing and engaging Creative Dance Specialist with a Master's Degree in Dance Education from Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan. Her residencies are noted for their focus on Creative Process, Problem Solving, and Imagination. McColl's expertise is integrating Creative Dance and the Academic Curriculum; she has been an Oklahoma A+ Schools Fellow since the inception of the program. Combining PASS and/or Core Knowledge units with the elements of Creative Dance, McColl develops informal concerts with children. These concerts weave together language, music, movement, cooperation and sequencing into unique expressions that speak to human connectedness. Always working from ideas that evolve from the children, Her primary concern is that participants experience the joy and awareness of that inner moment when they discover themselves as artists.
Before becoming a Teaching Artist, McColl served as a Coordinator in Arts Education at the Oklahoma State Department of Education focusing on training for teachers and administrators. She has been adjunct faculty at Wayne State University teaching the graduate course "Creative Dance for Children" and has published several articles on Creative Dance and Dance as Aesthetic Education.
- Build creative thinking skills and self-expression through open-ended questions, movement sequences and reflection
- Develop an a awareness of one's body and how to control it by exploring a variety of locomotor and ono-locomotor movements
- Discover nuances of shape, time and energy through the utilization of props, poetry and stories
- Integrate the elements of the dance curriculum with other art forms and classroom curriculum through problems that are age appropriate
- Create sequences and patterns of movement that communicate one's own ideas
- Stimulate cooperation and teamwork through group problem solving
- Encourage respect for others' work through an understanding of creative process