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Front Page - Friday, August 21, 2020

Curriculum in Motion selects local teacher to participate in renowned dance institute


The Curriculum in Motion Institute has selected Jessica Laliberte Bowman, a Chattanooga choreographer and Hamilton County Schools teacher, to join a yearlong professional development program for choreographers at Jacob’s Pillow.

Bowman will be joining 20 other participants from cities across the U.S. and around the world.

Motivated by a desire to create new dances with young artists, Bowman co-developed the Student Choreography Project at Chattanooga Center for Creative Arts, where she is on the dance faculty.

Time magazine has recognized Jacob’s Pillow as a “hub and mecca of dancing,” while The New York Times calls it “the dance center of the nation.” Jacob’s Pillow is a national historic landmark, a recipient of the National Medal of Arts and home to America’s longest-running international dance festival.

“I cannot wait to deepen my practice, broaden my skills and share what I learn with my students and community,” Bowman says.

Curriculum in Motion examines and explores how choreographers are essential artistic, civic and community partners in a COVID-19 world. It supports the work of dance makers in K-12 classrooms, museums and after-school programs.

Bowman holds a bachelor’s degree in dance from Columbia College Chicago and has spent 15 years collaborating with community organizations. The last five years of her career have focused on teaching dance standards through interdisciplinary arts and literacy, writing curriculum and presenting her work at conferences for artists and educators.

Bowman served on the board of directors for the Tennessee Association of Dance for a decade and most recently sat on the Arts Advisory Focus Group for the Tennessee Department of Education’s reopening guidelines for Arts Education.

She will travel to Jacob’s Pillow in Becket, Massachusetts, next July to present her Capstone Project.

Source: Hamilton County Schools