St. Nicholas Was A Real Person

by  Born 2 Move Movement Adventures

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Venture back to the 3rd & 4th C. AD to learn about St. Nicholas’ birth, life, and various legends that his reputation has spawned around the globe, culminating with the widely observed St. Nick’s Day on December 5th, and the contemporary figure of Santa Claus. Students will engage with these stories by learning physical activities such as a Greek sailor’s dance, a Medieval English jig, and the Swedish folkdance “Hambo”, in relation to the significance and vision St. Nicholas has inspired through the ages in countries around the globe.

About the presenter:
Marc Kotz began dancing and acting in his early teens, and since that time has performed, choreographed, and directed performance internationally. He earned a B.A. in Performing Arts from Empire State College in NYC, and an M.F.A. in Dance/Choreography from the University of Iowa (as an Iowa Arts Fellow). He has taught for a total of 12 years at the college level; worked in the field of Living History and Interpretation since 2003; and currently directs Born 2 Move Movement Adventures, LLC a company offering educational, health/fitness, and artistic programs and projects utilizing movement as an essential medium. Mr. Kotz is fully insured as dance/yoga/movement teacher.

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By Request: $180.00

Multiple booking discount (all sessions must be booked on the same day to receive discount):
$180 for 1st session
$162 for 2nd & 3rd session, each (10% discount)
$153 for 4th + sessions. (15% discount)
Example: Book 4 sessions on same day, pay $657.


60 minutes

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, Parent, Adult LearnersPublic Library: Library Patrons

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Primary Disciplines

Fine Arts, International, Performing Arts, Social Studies/History

Program Delivery Mode

Videoconference – Webcam/desktop (Zoom, Google Meet, Cisco WebEx, GoToMeeting, Microsoft Teams, etc...)
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The full fee will be charged to sites which cancel with less than 72 hours notice. You will not be charged for programs canceled due to nature (i.e. snow days), as long as the program is rescheduled. If the program is not rescheduled within the same school year, 25% of the full fee will be charged for administrative costs.

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Born 2 Move Movement Adventures

Green Bay, WI
United States

Marc delights in venturing to other cultures and times through the means of dance, theater, music and educational exploration. His career has taken him around the world, delving into diverse cultures and artistic disciplines. He has performed in numerous dance and theater forms, collaborated on two dozen plays/musicals/operas and has choreographed and directed ten concert-length productions. Marc received a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Iowa as an Iowa Arts Fellow, has taught all ages from pre-school to the aged, and is fully insured as dance/yoga/movement teacher.

Marc Kotz

Program Details


Students will visit with a live interpreter of the persona of St. Nicholas as they learn about the many attributes that make him an important topic of study, and the origins of ritualistic gift giving at Christmas time and in Christianity in general. Dances will be demonstrated and taught in relation to different aspects of St. Nicholas’ history, and discussions will prompt students to analyze and appreciate moral values as they have been embedded in the legends of this famous saint.


The participant will:
-Come to appreciate the influence/history of Saint Nicholas in western cultures.
-Develop an understanding of what makes a saint a saint in Christian traditions.
-Enjoy and appreciate stories and legends attached to Saint Nicholas’ persona.
-Participate in dances that embody different aspects of the St. Nicholas legacy.
-Understand that cultural traditions/folkways transform from their origins.

Standards Alignment

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State Standards

Wisconsin Model Academic Standards
A.4.2 Define and maintain personal space and move safely in groups throughout the general space
A.4.8 Demonstrate movements using various pathways (such as straight, curved, zig-zag,
twisted, or turning) on the ground and in the air
A.4.9 Demonstrate rhythmic awareness by moving to a musical beat and responding to
changes in tempo
A.4.12 Demonstrate concentration and focus while moving
A.8.1 Explore and integrate the three elements of dance (space, time, and force) and
focus on the relationships of body parts to each other, dancers to each other, and
dancers to objects
A.8.2 Begin using the following movement skills and explain their underlying principles:
alignment, balance, initiation of movement, isolation of body parts, weight shift,
elevation and landing, and fall and recovery
A.8.4 Respond to rhythmic patterns with accuracy
A.12.3 Use increasingly complex combinations of locomotor and nonlocomotor
movements, emphasizing the elements of space, time, and force
A.12.4 Create rhythmic patterns and develop rhythmic accuracy
A.12.5 Create and perform combinations and variations in a broad dynamic range

Wisconsin Model Academic Standards
Social Studies: The Behavioral Sciences

E.4.4 Describe the ways in which ethnic cultures influence the daily lives of people
E.4.11 Give examples and explain how language, stories, folk tales, music, and other
artistic creations are expressions of culture and how they convey knowledge of
other peoples and cultures
E.8.3 Describe the ways in which local, regional, and ethnic cultures may influence the
everyday lives of people
E.12.8 Analyze issues of cultural assimilation and cultural preservation among ethnic and racial groups in Wisconsin, the United States, and the world events, rites of passage)