Since 2013, DuckED has served over 8,000 underserved youth and families in South and East LA. In the past four years, we have conducted DuckEd residencies at schools and community centers including: East LA Performing Arts Academy, Warren Lane Elementary School, El Sereno Middle School, A Place Called Home, Dunbar Village Retirement Community, East LA Performing Arts Magnet, St. Mary’s Academy, Culver City Middle School, Gabriella Charter School, Salesian Boys & Girls Club, Watts Willowbrook Boys & Girls Club, Hollenbeck Palms Retirement Community, Seoul Arts Academy, City of Inglewood and East LA Community Center.

HDDT’s DuckED programs are made possible, in part, by the generous support of our past and present funding partners: CA Arts Council, Culver City Unified School District, DEW Foundation {Dane and Edna Walsh}, Flourish Foundation, Gabriella Charter School, The Green Foundation, City of Inglewood- Inglewood Growing Artists Projects, James Irvine Foundation, Leo Buscaglia Foundation, City of Ojai, Seoul Institute of the Arts-Culture Hub Los Angeles, LA County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl, LA County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas and the Weingart Foundation.

To bring one of HDDT’s arts education programs to your school, organization, or community event, click on one of the ‘request more info’ buttons below to register your interest with HDDT’s Community Engagement Manager.

Duck Truck

The Duck Truck Residency Program (DTRP) is a curriculum-based initiative for schools, after-school programs, and community centers led by our teaching artists. The “Duck Truck” uses a 1976 Kountry Aire trailer as a mobile classroom and performance site, enabling students in underserved communities to take part in creative experiences in their own neighborhoods

Crafted for young “non-dancers,” the program activates children’s minds and bodies through site-specific performance, cultivating art and health in communities.

Duck Tales

Duck Tales is an intergenerational site-specific dance residency program with seniors and youth. The seniors and youth exchange stories and objects of memory that act as inspirations for choreography, which is performed in a final public performance for participants’ families and communities.

At each session, HDDT teaching artists lead seniors and youth through movement exercises that activate their imaginations, regardless of their mobility level. The program aims to use dance and objects of memory to build bonds between different generations who live in the same community, but often do not connect.

Duck Works

Duck Works is a curriculum-based residency program for schools, after-school programs, and community centers led by HDDT teaching artists that challenges students to view and interact with their current surroundings in new, creative ways.

With the ability to be adapted for various skill levels and lengths of time (2 days to 6 weeks), Duck Works activates participants’ minds and bodies through site-specific education and performance, enabling students to take part in creative experiences in their own neighborhoods and reimagine them as spaces for art making/creative expression.

FishEyes

FishEyes is an adventurous, multidisciplinary project that integrates dance, visual arts and technology to explore issues of drought and water conservation.

While The Fish is in residence at a site, Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre teaching artists lead site-specific dance workshops for participants that explain the basics of site-specific dance and employ water as inspiration for movement. They lead guided improvisation on, in, and around The Fish, teaching participants how to create original movement inspired by themes of water conservation, climate change, and human connection to our environment. Workshop curriculum is adaptable to participants of all ages and skill levels – no prior dance experience necessary.

Off Site

Off Site is HDDT’s newest arts education initiative, which aims to build dance audiences of the future by transporting its DuckED students to professional HDDT performances outside of their communities and schools. Each Off Site field trip also provides an educational activity such as a talkback, workshop, or site tour for the students.

This program is new for 2017 thanks to generous support from the California Arts Council.

Teaching Artists

HDDT’s teaching artists are active professionals in the Los Angeles dance community, who are all trained on our site-specific curriculum. Our current teaching artists include: Micah ‘Jamz’ Abbrey, Mollie Wolf, Kristen Holleyman, Ryan Walker Page, Emily Guerard, Mercedes Ibarra, Aaron ‘Duece’ Cook, Teresa ‘Toogie’ Barcelo, Haylee Nichele, Lenin Fernandez, Janine Montag, and Lyndsi Zapata.

If you are interested in becoming a teaching artist with HDDT, use button below to apply.