Celebrating 6 years, Books in Motion® (BIM) is an award-nominated FREE summer literacy program that encourages reading through dancing by focusing on Common Core Standards for Reading Literature for children, K-3rd. After two years of presenting BIM in a digital format due to the pandemic, KDA is proud to work in collaboration with Kern County Library, Kern Literacy Council, and Kern County dance organizations by bringing this beloved program back to an in-person format. Between July 7 – August 12, 2022 families will have the opportunity to visit Kern County library branches to watch 26 dance performance based upon a well-known children’s book, engage in kinesis by learning choreography, and participate in creating a craft that coincides with the book’s theme. At the culmination of the session, children will be divided into groups based upon age/level and posed questions to evaluate their comprehension and will be able to take home a FREE book after participating in the evaluation. The 6th annual Books in Motion program is made possible through the creative vision of Kern County dance artists. Eight contracted Kern County dance organizations have been working since the spring to bring books to life through delightful performances and skilled choreography. The Bakersfield City Ballet, McLaughlin Dance Collective, Spotlight Dance Academy, Spotlight Academy of the Arts, Aloha Entertainment, DAT Krew, DANCENATION, and Heather Benes and the East Kern Ragtag Revels will all be featured this summer via performances at 15 library locations. Books in Motion is made possible by generous support from the Robert Grimm Family Foundation, Chevron, Alfred and Virginia Harrell Foundation, Kern Family Health Care, Adventist Health, and 23ABC. The 2022 Books in Motion program is FREE and does not require registration. Attendees are encouraged to arrive early as the library does fill up quickly!
Kern Dance Alliance, Kern County Library, and Kern Literacy Council will launch a digital version of our annual summer reading program Books in Motion®: DANCE + LITERACY. As the pandemic limited opportunities for in-person experiences, the organizations pivoted to continue to bring beloved children’s books to life through digital dance performances.
Throughout the summer, seven Books in Motion films will be released online to inspire children to read through dance! Featuring beloved children’s books like the Pied Piper and Groovy Joe’s Countdown Party, Books in Motion films will include a narrated performance of a book, as well as choreography children can learn to promote the book’s theme. Additionally, the films will feature a craft session to promote literacy goals via role playing at home. Finally, children will be able to pick up a FREE book and a craft kit from various Kern County libraries including Arvin, Beale, Delano, Kern River Valley, Ridgecrest, Taft, Tehachapi, and many more! Books in Motion is produced in conjunction with Dance Camera West, a Los Angeles based production company specializing in creating dance for film. Dance Camera West was contracted to work in Bakersfield this past spring where they filmed Books in Motion at various locations including The Historic Bakersfield Fox Theater, Kern County Museum, and The Padre Hotel. Books in Motion is directed by Kelly Hargraves, produced & edited by Amber Patee Adams, with director of photography Ethan Sigmon. The films feature seven Kern County dance organizations including the Bakersfield City Ballet, DanceNation, DAT KREW, Heather Benes and the East Kern Ragtag Revels, McLaughlin Dance Collective/Civic Dance Center, Polynesian Spice, and Spotlight Dance Academy.
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BOOKS IN MOTION is a FREE literacy program that encourages reading through dancing! To see a complete schedule of performance visit Kern Dance Alliance.