Education & Outreach
Kids on Track
Since 2007, Epiphany has offered Bay Area schools a free educational component of SF Trolley Dances known as Kids on Track, which features in-school workshops and site-specific performances.
“Dance and art have the power to change your perspective. If you’re willing to keep an open mind, art can show you things you’ve never seen before [and how to] appreciate everything, big and small.”
Kids on Track reaches out to our city’s youth with a program that includes a master class/workshop, meet-the-artist sessions, and exposure to live professional performances through reserved tours for the Friday shows of SFTD. We work with students from grade school through college, as well as home schoolers.
In the weeks leading up to the performances, Artistic Director Kim Epifano and Epiphany’s Teaching Artists visit each participating class to teach workshops in dance, exploring site-specific art and creative movement.
Each school then attends an SFTD performance tour, with guides escorting students and teachers along the journey via trolley and foot, answer questions, and act as safety personnel when needed. Students see the concepts presented in class and meet the performers. Kids on Track reserved performance tours are offered free-of-charge with the exception of the cost of MUNI transfers for the tour!
A Kids on Track program includes:
A master class for your students at your school in a fun atmosphere; encouraging individual creativity and imagination.
A reserved tour of San Francisco Trolley Dances for your group.
The opportunity to interact with and explore the performance sites and well as meet this year’s professional dancers.
Access to art in extraordinary settings.
A kinetic approach to education with a focus on expanding unit studies.
Supplementary support in dance technique, performance and productions.
Exposure to dance and music as a way to emphasize and value our city’s history and architectural landscape.
Kids on Track outcomes:
Students get to know their own city in a new light.
Students develop awareness, appreciation and understanding with sound and movement.
Students explore the power of collaboration.
Students develop spatial awareness and relationships through human movement expression.
Students develop skills in critical review.
Students consider and comprehend the value of a diverse community.
Comments from teachers and students in past KOT years:
“What a gorgeous day, diverse and gorgeous dance through the maze of downtown SF! Thank you to Kim and the EDT crew and artists. We so, so, so very much enjoyed—and learned so, so much!” —Elementary School Teacher
“I enjoyed your dances. They were unique. It made me feel like I was traveling the world a bit.” —4th grader
“I liked how all the dances left you in thought and wonder of what it was about.” —5th grader
“We went all over the place! This was fantastic for our middle schoolers! The spaces were diverse and unique and dance troupes fantastic!” —Middle School Teacher
“Dance and art have the power to change your perspective. If you’re willing to keep an open mind, art can show you things you’ve never seen before, appreciate everything, big and small.”
“Made us think about cultural integration of San Francisco and how so many kinds of people and dances work together.”
“Everything about Trolley Dances was exciting and adventurous. The creativity was amazing and endless as was the energy and effort. You could really tell the dancers felt like they were part of something unique and very special. I am so happy I got to see these performances and have a wider range in inspiration.”
“This was my fourth year of attending Trolley Dances with School of the Arts. Every year I am impressed with the variety of dance companies in the Bay Area. This year was stunning as usual.”
“The dancers of Epiphany Production[s] reminded us that we have a beautiful city all around us with rich history that we can’t ignore and we need to explore.”
“Trolley Dances provided another great day of showcasing San Francisco’s unique dance community. I thank Kim Epifano for her master class and her invitation to a special showing on the Friday before the weekend.”