Community Arts Partner

Participant Details

Community Arts Partner Name
Jenna Spinei
Partner Type
Individual
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Individual Bio or
Organizational Statement
Jenna Spinei is a performer, educator, choreographer and movement therapist, who has worked between Ireland, England and the United States for over ten years. She holds a Movement Science BS from the University of Michigan, a Dance Movement Psychotherapy MA from Goldsmiths, University of London and is currently training to become a certified Franklin Method ® Educator. Jenna’s dance therapy work with refugees is documented in research published in the “Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychology”. She held a two-year teaching artist fellowship with Youth Arts Alliance, facilitating dance and movement workshops in juvenile detention settings. She also held a teaching artist position for the University of Michigan Musical Society, facilitating workshops for DakhaBrakha, A Far Cry, and A Roomful of Teeth performances, in addition to a Ping Chong + Company Voices of Muslim Identity residency. Jenna was a dance instructor faculty member at Broadway Dance Ireland and Jackson School of the Arts and has taught numerous guest workshops in the US and abroad. In addition to her own works, Jenna has performed with The Dance Ensemble of Michigan, People Dancing, Movement Artists’ Guild, Cornrows Dance, AuxWerks Dance and Jillian Hopper Dances.

Contact Information

First Name
Jenna
Last Name
Spinei
Address
500 13th Ave E
Address 2
Apt 104
City
Seattle
State
WA
Zip
98102
Phone
7344179106

Grade Levels Preferred

Grade Levels Preferred
Pre-K, K-2, 3rd - 5th, 6th - 8th, 9th - 12th

Artistic Disciplines

Type
Storytelling, ballet, jazz, contemporary dance, expressive movement
Discipline
Dance, Multidisciplinary

Experience

Previous School Partnerships
Detroit Public Schools, Ann Arbor Public Schools, numerous schools in Ireland and London, England
Other Trainings or Certifications
MA Dance Movement Psychotherapy Cultural Somatics Institute - Racialized Trauma Course
Sample Lesson Description: Student / Classroom Residencies
Students will create poetry based on their life stories and identities. They will paint masks to wear as forms of expression. In groups, they will create collaborative movement performances that facilitate the telling of their own stories, wearing the masks, and reading the poetry.
Sample Workshop Description: Teacher Professional Development

Areas of Experience and Expertise

Approved Professional Development Provider
No
Approved Classroom Residency Provider
Yes
Experience with English Language Learners
Yes
Experience with Students in Special Education
Yes

Lesson Plan

Integrated Art
jennaspinei_samplelessonplan.pdf
Cultural Art

Teaching Approach

Teaching Philosophy + Approach
My role as a teaching artist is to provide youth a platform and framework in which to express themselves and showcase their talent. I hold a safe space, where youth can feel respected and uplifted by their peers, often by creating a group contract and adopting group affirmations. I facilitate brainstorming activities to spark creativity, and teach a variety of artistic skills they may add to their toolbox of creative expression.
Curriculum Integration Possibilities
Language Arts, Social Studies
Special Skills and Areas of Expertise
I have spent 6 years facilitating arts workshops in juvenile detention facilities, with Syrian refugee youth, and in public schools. I approach each individual with positive regard and high expectations. My teaching is all trauma informed, using skills learned in my Dance Movement Psychotherapy MA program, and feedback given through previous teaching experience.
Testimonials from Schools

Fees

Fees

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Video

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Slideshow of work with incarcerated youth
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