Arianna Ross ~ Story Tapestries

 
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Why should Arianna Ross, Story Tapestries, be a part of ... My School? My Community Center? My Library? My Hospital? My Organization?

Can Arianna Ross adapt her programs to fit the specific needs of my audience?

What kind of programs do you offer?

What type of stories do you tell?

How long should the event be?

Can you design a program to specifically fit our curricular needs or the theme of our festival?

Are your programs connected directly to the National and State Standards of Learning?

How much room does Arianna Ross need to perform one of her Story Tapestries?

Does Arianna need a stage or can she perform on the floor?

What is the maximum number of people Arianna Ross recommends attending one school performance? One workshop? One festival event?

 

Why should Arianna Ross, Story Tapestries, be a part of;
My School? My Community Center? My Library? My Hospital? My Organization?

For every organization, there are specific reasons that the arts should be included in the curriculum or structure of the organization.  First, every child and adult approaches learning in a different manner.  According to the theory of multiple intelligences, the arts create a tool to tap into what they might normally find frustrating in a traditional setting. Secondly, the arts open a world of understanding for every individual. It deepens both their connection and understanding of the past, present and future. There is no doubt that life without the Arts would be colorless, sad and lacking emotion.

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Can Arianna Ross adapt her programs to fit the specific needs of my audience?

Yes, Arianna prefers to know in advance who will be in the audience and what are their needs. She asks that you be very specific in filling out her booking sheet.  After reading over that information she will call and discuss in detail your specific requirements. However, Arianna can make last minute changes as necessary.  In many of her past positions as a teacher and a performer, she was required quickly and on a daily basis to adapt and create a wide variety of programs for different age groups.

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What kind of programs do you offer? What type of stories do you tell?

Arianna is a multi-disciplined, multi-lingual artist.  She is a trained visual artist, storyteller, creative writer, drama teacher, theatre director, actor, photographer, dancer and musician.  She has a degree in theatre from

Northwestern University .  In addition, she spent three years working as a dancer, actor, teacher, musician and performer in India with the world renowned Bansi Kaul’s troupe “Rang Vidushak”.  Presently Arianna is training to “play” Capoeira [an African-Brazilian Martial Art] in both Brazil and Washington DC

. She uses the power of acrobatics, dance, photography and spoken word to create programs that are a mix of personal experiences, international folk tales and historically true stories.  She does extensive research about every subject she teaches and tells.  She never performs or teaches in an area unless she has intimate knowledge of the subject matter of the program

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How long should the event be?

It is important to think about the age of the audience, the time of day and the schedule of events.  Be fair to your listeners, but challenge them to try a new experience. Remember every performance is different whether it is for students with learning disabilities, young children, teenagers or adults.  Arianna has performed for every age group and level of focus.  Anyone can sit through a 45-minute program that captivates their imagination. She has discovered that even the most high-energy individual person loves listening to storytelling and participating in the arts when it is approached correctly.

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Can you design a program to specifically fit our curricular needs or the theme of our festival?

Arianna recommends that you view the programs listed on this website as a template.  If you do not see what you want, than you can ask her to design a special program to fit your needs. However, please be advised that if you want a program on a subject that Arianna is not familiar with, she will need enough time to research and shape the story.

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Are your programs connected directly to the National and State Standards of Learning?

YES YES YES!!!!  Arianna has attended many workshops on arts integration.  Additionally, she teaches a workshop on incorporating the Standards of Learning into your arts programs with collaborating artist Diane Macklin.  She has not provided you with a list of standards covered because the specific ones change from State to State.   However, if you need a list of the standards, Arianna would be happy to provide that for you.

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How much room does Arianna Ross need to perform one of her Story Tapestries?

Enough space to do a cartwheel, ten feet by ten feet.  If necessary she can adapt to a smaller space.  She has performed in a hospital room as well as a large festival stage.  The most important part of the space is the aisle.  Whenever possible Arianna loves to do acrobatics down the aisle!

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Does Arianna need a stage or can she perform on the floor?

Always ask the question: Can the audience see Arianna?  She can perform on either the stage or the floor.  However, it is always distressing when the person in the back row cannot see the wonderful dance movements because of the limits of the floor.  When there is no stage, do not worry, Arianna will use the aisle to access those back row audience members.

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What is the maximum number of people Arianna Ross recommends attending one school performance? One workshop? One festival event?

In order to answer this question one has to know your space.  For a school performance that is located in a gym or cafeteria, she does not recommend more than 350.  However if we are in an auditorium where every child can see the stage, there is a little more leeway on size.  Arianna will always try to bring her microphone and sound system. At a workshop for young children Arianna does not recommend more than a normal classroom size.  However with adults she can coordinate up to 50 people, but Arianna suggests keeping the workshop to a limit of 30 for personal attention. At a festival, as long as there is a great sound system and a stage the numbers are limitless.  Arianna is a commanding storyteller who makes use of her body and voice.  She can project using her skills as a dancer and storyteller to rivet the attention of large groups

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