Since 2013, DuckEd has served over 2500 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, Saint 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.

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

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.

Duck Works

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.

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, Yanina Orrellana, Janine Montag, and Lyndsi Zapata.

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