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Contact Information
Marc Kotz
P.O. Box 8431
Green Bay, WI  54308
Phone: (920) 362-3451
Program Title
Through Irish Eyes and Feet: Celebrating St. Patrick and Celtic Culture"
Program Type
Individual Program
Program Rating
   based on 26 evaluation(s).
Target Audience
Education: Grade(s) 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, ParentPublic Library: Library Patrons
Maximum Number of Participants
Minimum Number of Participants
No minimum
Primary Disciplines
International, Social Studies/History, Fine Arts, Performing Arts
Program Description
Why is St. Patrick’s Day such a widely celebrated holiday, and what makes the Irish such a fierce and proud people? In this e-field trip students look through the Irish perspective and catch a glimpse of what the Irish have endured, why St. Patrick is such an important figure to them, and how Celtic culture has sustained their spirit.

In the process, we will try out Irish dancing, sing Irish songs, and learn about Celtic myths that reach back over two millennia to a time before Christianity.

In this program, students will go beyond familiar associations of leprechauns, shamrocks and green beverages to appreciate and understand how St. Patrick drove the Druids from Ireland, the nature of the music that sprang from the harp of Celtic god The Dagda, what occurred on the Hill of Tara, and how the Irish Wheel is a symbol akin to those of Native American cultures. Unraveling the mysterious knots of Irish culture and legacy makes for a fascinating adventure of discovery!

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.

Program Format
“Through Irish Eyes & Feet: Celebrating St. Patrick & Celtic Culture” is a highly interactive and reflective program involving dancing, singing, historical and cultural learning/analysis as well as critical thinking.

1. The program starts off with a performance and teaching of St Patrick’s Day jig to garner interest and establish cultural connection.
2. The history of St. Patrick is explored and discussed in relation to Irish culture and history leading to an overview and experiential learning about Celtic culture.
3. Learn and participate in a group Irish dance (like a reel)
4. We return to the more recent Irish history by learning about the great potato famine of 1845, mass emigration from Ireland, and the initial plight and experience of the Irish in the United States.
5. Contrasts/comparisons between Irish- Americans and Native Americans are made on a cultural as well as a socio-political level.
6. The program wraps up with a sing along of “When Irish Eyes are Smiling” underscoring the long and arduous struggle Irish-Americans have undergone and the temerity they possess to be who they are today. In sum, the outcome will be to help students understand why St. Patrick’s Day can and should mean more than a good excuse for a party!

The participant will:
•Gain a deeper understanding of the Irish and their historic precedents and legacy
•Become familiar with the longevity and prevalence of Celtic culture through world history
•Appreciate commonalities, differences and connections between different world religions, specifically Christianity, Celtic Mythology/Paganism, and Native American religion.
•Learn an Irish dance
National/Common Core Standards to which this program aligns
National Education Technology Standards (NETS):
• Students use digital media and environments to communicate and work collaboratively, including at a distance, to support individual learning and contribute to the learning of others.
• Develop cultural understanding and global awareness by engaging with learners of other cultures.
• Understand human, cultural, and societal issues related to technology and practice legal and ethical behavior.

NCSS Curriculum Standards (in revision):
• To help young people make informed and reasoned decisions for the public good as citizens of a culturally diverse democratic society in an
interdependent world. Students should understand:
• Multiple perspectives that derive from different cultural vantage points
• The ways human beings view themselves in and over time
• People, places, and environments.
• Interactions among individuals, groups, and institutions
• How people create and change structures of power, authority, and governance.
• How people organize for the production, distribution, and consumption of goods and services.
• Global connections and interdependence

National Arts Education Associations:
• Understanding the visual arts in relation to history and cultures
• Students analyze common characteristics of visual arts evident across time and among cultural/ethnic groups to formulate analyses, evaluations, and interpretations of meaning
• Students correlate responses to works of visual art with various techniques for communicating meanings, ideas, attitudes, views, and intentions

Dance: ArtsEdge The Kennedy Center
• 3. Understanding dance as a way to create and communicate meaning
• 5. Demonstrating and understanding dance in various cultures and historical periods
State/Regional Standards to which this program aligns
Wisconsin Standards (with benchmarks):

Information and Technology Literacy: D.
• The Learning Community:
Students in Wisconsin will demonstrate the ability to work collaboratively in teams or groups, use information and technology in a
responsible manner, respect intellectual property rights, and recognize the importance of intellectual freedom and access to information in a democratic society.
A.12.1 use desktop or video conferencing equipment and systems
D.4.2 employ proper etiquette in all forms of communication

Students in Wisconsin will recognize, understand, and demonstrate movement elements and skills in dance.
A.4.9 Demonstrate rhythmic awareness by moving to a musical beat and responding to changes in tempo
A.8.6 Demonstrate increasing kinesthetic awareness, concentration, and focus in performing movement skills
A.12.3 Use increasingly complex combinations of locomotor and non-locomotor movements, emphasizing the elements of space, time, and force

Language Arts: Students in Wisconsin will listen to, understand,and speak clearly and effectively for diverse purposes.
C.4,8,12.2 Listen to and comprehend oral communications.
C.4,8,12.3 Participate effectively in discussion.
E 4, 8, 12 Use media and technology critically and creatively to obtain, organize, prepare and share information; to influence and persuade; and to entertain and be entertained.

Social Studies: Behavioral Sciences Students in Wisconsin will learn about the behavioral sciences by exploring concepts from the discipline of sociology, the study of the interactions among individuals, groups, and institutions; the discipline of psychology, the study of factors that influence individual identity and learning; and the discipline of anthropology, the study of cultures in various times and settings.
E.4, 8, 12.4 Describe the ways in which ethnic cultures influence the daily lives of people
E.4.9 Explain how people learn about others who are different from themselves
E.8.10 Explain how language, art, music, beliefs, and other components of culture can further global understanding or cause misunderstanding
E.8.13 Select examples of artistic expressions from several different cultures for the purpose of comparing and contrasting the beliefs expressed
E.12.10 Describe a particular culture as an integrated whole and use that understanding to explain its language, literature, arts, traditions, beliefs, values, and behaviors
E.12.13 Compare the ways in which a universal theme is expressed artistically in three different world cultures

Social Studies: Geography
Students in Wisconsin will learn about geography through the study of the relationships among people, places, and environments.
A.8.8 Describe and analyze the ways in which people in different regions of the world interact with their physical environments through vocational and recreational activities
A.12.8 Identify the world's major ecosystems and analyze how different economic, social, political, religious, and cultural systems have adapted to them

Social Studies: History
Students in Wisconsin will learn about the history of Wisconsin, the United States, and the world, examining change and continuity over time in order to develop historical perspective, explain historical relationships, and analyze issues that affect the present and the future.
B.8.12 Describe how history can be organized and analyzed using various criteria to group people and events chronologically, geographically, thematically, topically, and by issues
Program Length
60 minutes (flexible, based on needs)
Program Cost
By Request: $180.00
Program Fee Notes
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.
Cancellation Policy
The full fee will be charged to sites which cancel with less than 72 hours notice. You will not be charged for programs cancelled 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.
Is recording allowed?

Program Delivery Mode(s)
Videoconference - H.323 (Polycom, Cisco/Tandberg, LifeSize, etc...)

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