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The Four Freedom’s Project: Dance & Social Studies

March 23, 2017 @ 4:45 pm - 6:45 pm


The Four Freedom’s Project: An Exploration of Dance and

Democracy for Diverse Learners

The Four Freedom’s Project is inspired by President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Four Freedoms speech, given as his 1941 State of the Union address. President Roosevelt called for people “everywhere in the world” to enjoy Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Worship, Freedom from Want, and Freedom from Fear.

In this experiential workshop participants will develop strategies to engage young learners in an exploration of American history and social studies through Dance. The workshop will include an introduction to FDR’s Four Freedoms, lessons in creating freedom dances and opportunities for in-session improvisation and collaborative meaning-making.

Where: Weber State University, Shepherd Union, Ballroom A, 3910 West Campus Drive, Ogden UT 84408


When: Thursday, March 23, 2017 from 4:45 – 6:45 pm. Sign in from 4:15 – 4:40 pm.  Light snacks will be provided.

Visit http://bit.ly/2l4nLXV to register!


USBE relicensure hours available.



Joanne L. Lawrence, Professor of Dance Weber State University

Amanda Sowerby, Associate Professor of Dance Weber State University


Joanne L. Lawrence received her B.A. Degree in Ballet from The University of Akron, Ohio; her M.F.A. Degree in Dance from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and additional training as a scholarship student and performer with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center in NYC.  She has performed, choreographed, and taught for numerous modern dance and ballet companies throughout the eastern U.S. She has directed dance programs at Alfred University, New York, and Huntingdon College, Alabama.  Currently, Joanne is Professor of Dance at Weber State University, in Ogden, Utah where she is focused on community engaged learning, teaching dance and Pilates Mat and Reformer classes.  Joanne is a lifetime member of the American College Dance Association.


Amanda Sowerby received her MFA in Modern Dance from the University of Utah and her BFA in Dance from the California Institute of the Arts. She has worked with Gary Palmer Dance Company and the National Ballets of Peru and Chile. Amanda’s own choreographic work has been presented at NYC’s Dance Theatre Workshop, SF’s Theatre Artaud, Diesel Cathedral, Dance Mission and SLC’s Rose Wagner Theater. In addition to her faculty position at WSU, Amanda served on the board of the Utah Dance Education Organization as the Higher Education Representative from 2007-2013. Inside the Department of Performing Arts at WSU, Amanda can be found choreographing, teaching technique classes, dance and technology, dance pedagogy and dance kinesiology.


March 23, 2017
4:45 pm - 6:45 pm
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WSU Arts Learning Collaborative


Shepherd Union, Weber State University
3848 Harrison Blvd
Ogden, UT 84408 United States
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