Teacher Workshops

Professional Development Program for Educators


Society for the Performing Arts is dedicated to supporting creativity in the classroom and high quality instruction of the performing arts.  

Teacher Workshops  
  • Are an affordable professional development series for all educators grades K through 12. 
  • Provide educators with direct access to professional performers and artistic directors from across the globe.
  • Reconnect educators to their art forms with exposure to the best practices, current techniques and the knowledge and skills of international artists.
  • Benefits students by invigorating and inspiring classroom teachers with a passion for the arts.

The professional development sessions may focus on 

  • Advance training or techniques for beginners, 
  • Rehearsing in the classroom, 
  • Teaching content through the arts.  

All teachers and even parents are invited to enroll in a Teacher Workshop.
The creative process is a valuable tool for teaching English - Language Arts, Social & Emotional Skills, and STEM content. 

Stay tuned for our 2014/2015 Teacher Workshop Series!


SPA's 2013/2014 Teacher Workshop series included:


HISD Job-Alike Sessions for Dance and Orchestra* 

For HISD Job-Alike educators are grouped by grade level and/ or subject matter. The Job-Alike sessions are mandatory.  In order to accommodate a large workforce, the sessions are scheduled 2 days.  Half of the district will participate on August 15th and the other half on August 21st. Ad Deum and AAADT will lead the dance sessions and Mercury will lead the instrumental music sessions. 

August 15 & 21, 2013 
9:00AM – 12:00 PM
Gregory-Lincoln Education Center 
*For HISD Employees only

2013 Houston Arts Partners Conference - "ArtsWork"
Society for the Performing Arts is a member of Houston Arts Partners and one of several sponsors of the 2013 Houston Arts Partners Conference - "Artswork". 
Click here to find out more and to register for the conference. 


Art of Teaching Choreography 
Dance teachers, teaching artists and choreographers are invited to explore the Jessica Lang Dance creative process. This professional development workshop will be taught by members of the Jessica Lang Dance company. Prolific American choreographer Jessica Lang has attained exceptional success in a short time. Hailed as “a master of visual composition” by Dance Magazine during her company’s debut at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival in 2012, Lang transforms classical ballet language and rigor into artfully crafted, emotionally engaging, contemporary works. Her company, Jessica Lang Dance, was born in 2011, coincidentally after receiving a 2010 Joyce Theater Residency. While her company is new, Lang is a dance veteran having performed with Twyla Tharp’s company, THARP!, and since 1999, has created more than 75 works for such ballet companies as Birmingham Royal, Joffrey Ballet, and New York City Ballet's Choreographic Institute, among others. Since the company’s inception, Jessica Lang Dance has thrilled audiences with repertoire ranging from minimal and simplistic to rich and dense with stunning visuals including remarkable sets and costumes. Working on and off pointe, Jessica Lang Dance produces and performs dance works associated with music, opera, mixed media compositions and public art installations, while delivering an organic blend of classical and contemporary styles.

Thursday, September 19, 2013
4:30-6:00 p.m.  
The Movement Lab
$20 fee for registration before 9/16/13  
$25 on and after 9/16/13 

Art of Teaching Creativity 
This session aims to assist art educators incorporate the Wells Fargo Student Art Contest into their classrooms. This year artists are asked to consider solutions to universal problems, reflect on how an individual can affect his or her community, and reveal the innate positive attributes of creative expression. Teachers will learn about calligraphy, meditation and Mandalas. The Mandala is a visual design created from repeating shapes organized around a center point to reflect concepts of balance, wholeness and connection. They serve as a motif for this year’s art contest. 

Monday, October 7, 2013
9:00 AM – 3:00 PM 
The Glassell Junior School
$25 fee for registration before 10/1/13
$30 on and after 10/1/13 

Movement Toward Literacy Educator Session
Paul Taylor Dance Company will facilitate a dance workshop that explores the connection between words and actions as part of SPA’s Movement Toward Literacy. The workshop supports educators with insight into the creative dance process that will also help students better understand, interpret and appreciate written text and spoken words.

Thursday, October 10, 2013 
4:00 -6:00 PM
The High School for the Performing and Visual Arts
$10 fee for registration before 10/1/13  
$20 on and after 10/1/13 

Teacher Prep Sessions 
Join us for a fun and interactive workshop for teachers who participate in SPA’s Student Matinee and Student Series program and take full advantage of ideas and suggestions for incorporating the field trips into your classroom goals. The October prep session will provide teachers with insight into our presentation of Magik Theater's Splat! 

Tuesday, October 1, 2013 
4:30-6:00 PM 
Spring Branch ISD 
Free with registration before 9/ 25/ 13
$5 fee on and after 9/25/13

Jesse H. Jones Hall    615 Louisiana Street, Suite 100    Houston, Texas 77002-2715    713.227.4772
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