Moving MNatters with Judy Dworin Dance Project at Parkville Community School

Judy Dworin Dance Project operates arts residencies that are founded in the belief that the arts can and do make a difference in the lives of children—opening up worlds of self-knowledge and awareness, expanding cognitive skills and providing tools for living. A particular focus of Moving Matters! residences is to reach out to underserved populations.

JDPP’s school residencies are typically based on a theme that speaks to ideas of diversity, freedom, collaboration and community. Residencies generally culminate in a performance or sharing. We work closely with school administration and classroom teachers to ensure enhanced curricular connection.

JDPP’s most noted long-term residency to date is the Moving Matters! Parkville Community School Residency, which has been in place since 1996. This program is a collaboration between JDPP, Parkville Community School, and Trinity College, and integrates the children’s study of movement with the language arts curriculum. Trinity College students assist the teaching artists and become special mentors, friends, and role models to the children. A large-scale performance at Trinity College involving the children, JDPP Teaching Artists and Trinity students culminates the residency.


JDPP also participates with the Hartford Performs program through Hartford Public Schools.

“You want to see my students happy? Come here when the dance residency is happening and you see smiles, especially from the students who find it difficult to succeed.” – Parkville Community School teacher

JDPP has also been offerering year-long residencies at Kinsella Magnet School of Performing Arts since 2009 that culminate in original multi-arts performances. About Dreamings:

“In the world of education ‘relevance and relationship’ are at the heart of effective teaching. Dreamings! provided a platform for our students to reflect on their lives, write down their thoughts creatively and connect those thoughts to an audience. It doesn’t get better than that! I will recommend this program to everyone.” – Eddie Duran, Artistic Director, Kinsella Magnet School of Performing Arts

“Dreamings was the most profound work I’ve seen our students do. As an original piece, it was nothing less than inspiring.” – Dr. Thurman, Violin Teacher, Kinsella Magnet School of Performing Arts.


For more information about the Judy Dworin Dance Project, please visit their web site.





Contact Information:


Tracy Avicolli
Director of the Arts & Wellness


Kara Arnold
Curriculum Specialist –
ELA and Arts & Wellness