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 1961 Oasis 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.
Following the success of DTRP, we developed a sister program, “Duck Tales.” Duck Tales adapts the residency curriculum for an intergenerational program between seniors and teens. The seniors share, with their younger collaborators, stories about their past. The teenagers then create choreography inspired by the stories and based on objects and imagery from those stories.
Meanwhile, our teaching artists lead seniors through movement exercises that activate their imaginations, regardless of their mobility level. The program culminates in a public performance with participants’ families and the community in attendance. The goal is to use dance and objects of memory to build bonds between different generations—who live in the same community, but often do not connect.
Heidi Duckler or a core teaching artist teaches two-, three- or four-day workshops in site-specific dance, targeting the exact needs of a school or community organization.
Partners for this program include:
A Place Called Home
Culver City Unified School District & Sony Pictures Entertainment
Dunbar Village Retirement Community
East LA Boys & Girls Club
East Los Angeles Community Corporation
East LA Performing Arts Academy
El Sereno Middle School
Hollenbeck Palms Continuing Care Retirement Community
LEAP, Learning Enrichment After School Program
Salesian Family & Youth Center
Warren Lane Elementary School
Watts Willowbrook Boys & Girls Club
Interested in being our partner? For more information about the Duck Truck Residency Program contact Allegra Padilla, Experience Director, at Allegra@heididuckler.org, or on our office line at 818-784-8669.