Bring a burst of energy into your school with one of our dynamic performance assemblies. Professional artists bring their expertise to the stage in ways that are engaging and interactive, leaving students motivated, empowered and inspired. Open your doors to a professional storyteller, circus artist, live-looping violinist, hip-hop artist, dance troupe or one of our many other performing artists available for one-time or two back-to-back performances. Performance Assemblies are 35-45 minutes in length and often include an interactive discussion period.
Explore our Directory of Teaching Artists to read more or request an artist here. To schedule a performance assembly, contact Eric Braman, Arts Education Program Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or 541-485-2278.
Live Looping Violin
Cullen Vance leads a high-energy performance combining theatrical storytelling and live looping electric violin! Aimed at releasing the power of the imagination and facing your fears, an assembly with Cullen is an audience participatory show that has pleased kids from ages 2 to 99. Grades K-12.
About Cullen: Cullen Vance is a professional storyteller, musician, actor and teacher based in Eugene, OR. He tours the west coast with his storytelling and live-looping electric violin. He has taught theatre for 6 years and has toured his workshops across Oregon. He has a B.A. in Theatre Arts from California State University, Stanislaus.
Hoop Dance and Juggling
Tara Burke offers participatory assembly performances that explore the dynamics of hoopdance. Experience the world of circus arts through a mesmerizing performance of hula hoop dance and juggling demonstrations.
About Tara Burke: Tara Burke brings over 10 years experience working with kids and adults to explore their expanding definition of PLAY! She has performed nationally for large scale venues and is now focusing her attention on connecting with youth on the importance of movement for healthy active lifestyles. When she is not spinning in circles you can find Tara enjoying her home in Eugene with her cat and her garden.
Dance Down Broadway
From Cabaret, to Hamilton, West Side Story to The Pajama Game. Billy Elliot to The Music Man, one class is chosen in advance to dance with Marc and Pamela to “I Like to Move It” from Madagascar. This fun, fast paced and exciting assembly educates about the immense influence and success of the Broadway musical in our lives.
About Dance Theatre of Oregon: Marc and Pamela, New York City performers, choreographers, musicians and teachers, provide educational based performances that inform students about the history and importance of dance, theater and music. Marc and Pamela will entertain and educate, providing students a unique opportunity to create and perform with and for their peers.
DanceAbility International’s “Wheel of Fortune” assemblies offer far more than acrobatic dancing and entertainment, the dancers engage children in participatory exercises and discussions that open their hearts and minds to the potential of all people, with or without disabilities. The assemblies provide positive experiences with cerebral palsy and unusual movement and speaking patterns.
About DanceAbility International: DanceAbility International is a world-wide leader in connecting people with and without disabilities through dance. Proudly based in Eugene for over twenty-five years, they have performed internationally for tens of thousands of children and adults.
Latin Music and Salsa Dancing
Jose Cruz plays Latin musical instruments and demonstrates salsa dancing with a dancing partner. Learn the basic steps!
About Jose Cruz: Founder and artistic director of Salseros Dance Company, Jose Cruz has been teaching Latin music and dance in the Eugene community and directing a salsa performance group since 1999. Jose’s teaching is based on strong technique and he makes the learning process enjoyable with his great sense of humor. His goal is to share his passion for Latin music and dance with the local community.
Fiddle Music & Louisiana Culture
Kelly Thibodeaux plays original fiddle-based Louisiana dance music and swamp rock, accompanied by guitar, highlighted by snapping stories from bayou country. Kelly also gives a demonstration of the violin and the many magical sounds that it can produce.
About Kelly Thibodeaux: As a teaching artist, Kelly has over 15 years of experience conducting fiddle workshops, after school programs, and artist in residence programs and specializes in teaching large groups (25 to 30+ students, K-12) in short order how to play one of the world’s oldest and most powerful instruments, the violin.
West African Drum and Dance
Alseny Yansane & Andrea DiPalma Yansane perform West African drum and dance with lively audience participation and hands-on music-making.
About Alseny & Andrea Yansane: West African Cultural Arts Institute’s co-founders are a high powered team with over 24 collective years of teaching and performing. Alseny has dazzled global audiences as a performing artist with world renowned Ballets Africains for many years. He is internationally recognized as a cultural ambassador for his understanding of the dances, rhythms and traditions from Guinea, West Africa. Andrea lived seven years in Guinea immersing herself in the culture and way of life, has trained with many artists and performed in a variety of prestigious venues.
An assembly with Sirk is filled with fantastic slapstick humor through physical comedy, object manipulation, and juggling! A Sirk performance guarantees riotous laughter and tons of fun as he welcomes attendees on stage to learn juggling and basic circus skills. Sirk is great for all ages, but especially shines for grades K-8.
About Sirk: Sirk is definitely known as the wild one of the family. However, he wasn’t raised by a pack of wolves, but more so by a cluster of clowns. Playing and laughing are his modes of communication. He loves the opportunity to share his passion of circus arts. He’s not too shy, he’s not too confident, but he is just the right amount of Sirk!
Puppetry & Storytelling
Noah McLain Philpot brings high energy, laughs, and magic as he uses the art of puppetry to tell stories with his trusty companion, Fooble the Dragon. This program is especially suited for K-5 classrooms.
About Noah McLain Philpot: 3rd generation puppet maker and lifetime performer, Noah McLain Philpot has delighted audiences across the the USA with his magical, musical, performances. With a focus on audience participation and improvisation, Noah creates an immersive experience which is always fresh.
Magic & Balloon Sculpting
Award-winning magician Jay Frasier combines sleight-of-hand, physical comedy, balloon sculpting, and audience participation to create uniquely magical and entertaining performances. Students and staff will experience the impossible made possible, reinforcing their senses of wonder and engaging their imaginations.
About Jay Frasier: As a professional magician, balloon sculptor, and educator Jay is the recipient of a Dom Deluise Comedy Magic Award and winner of the 2014 Portland Magic Jam Stage Magic Contest. His original magic has been featured in such publications as Genii Magazine. Jay holds an MA in Speech Communication from the University of Louisiana at Monroe, and is an instructor of Speech & Communication Studies at LCC.