Invert/ED education

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Invert/ED is Invertigo's education program.  We emphasize creative ownership and interdisciplinary learning. Classes develop teamwork, innovative thinking, physical awareness and language skills.  As part of a residency package, we work with a range of ages and abilities.  We offer classes, performance-workshops, residencies and community-building events to kindergarten through pre-professional students.

Invert/ED’s aim is to give students a feeling of ownership over the creative process and outcome. Making dance and music is a rich, complex, challenging process that must also be accessible and fun. It requires the development of teamwork, creative thinking, physical awareness and language skills.  Invert/ED classes and residencies are tailored for the age, goals and abilities of each group.

Our main job as educators is to lead the students through a creative process and to facilitate interdisciplinary connections. Residencies often culminate in a performance that involves students reading stories they've written, performing dances they have both learned and created together and accompanying each other on percussion.

Artistic Director Laura Karlin has been a guest teacher for beginning to pre-professional students in Los Angeles, Redlands, San Francisco, Barcelona and Paris.  Invert/ED Director Sadie Yarrington has taught in New York, Los Angeles, Michigan, Australia and Cuba.

Open Classes!  We're at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts every Friday for Tiny Tots Move & Groove!  Click here for more info on our programs at the Wallis.


January 2015

  • You can find us at Descanso Gardens performing and hosting workshops for toddlers and families at the Camellia Tea and Flower Festival. Open to the public!  (click here for more info and join us!)
  • Continuing our residency at Grand View Elementary School (Manhattan Beach)
  • Kick-offing a 1 year residency program at Hope Street Family Center that encourages students to incorporate creativity, healthy choices and fun in their daily lives!
  • In late January, Tiny Tots Move & Groove will be back every Friday morning at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts. Open to the public! (click here for more info and join us!)

September - December 2015

  • In collaboration with the LA Arts Group, we're running an 11 week residency with the 5th grade at Grand View Elementary School (Manhattan Beach).  This is our second year at Grand View and we have even more students! 142 to be exact!
  • A six week residency with elementary and middle school students at Hope Street Family Center
  • A new program! Tiny Tots Move & Groove classes for toddlers and their caregivers in partnership with the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts. Classes are every Friday morning!

March - June 2015:

  • Continuing to rock out at our Hope Street Family Center residency with 4 classes per week - COME TO A FREE SHOWING OF HOPE STREET STUDENTS AND INVERTIGO PERFORMANCES - CLICK HERE!
  • Music Center Residencies - 10 week residencies at 3 schools, 1 day per week with each grade level
    - Alta Vista Elementary - 1st Grade (Redondo Beach)
    - Tulita Elementary School - 1st Grade (Redondo Beach)
    - Grand View Elementary School - 5th Grade (Manhattan Beach)
    Nearly 300 students using their imaginations and communicating through movement!

February/March 2015:

  • Continuing our Hope Street Family Center residency with 4 classes per week.
  • A performance-workshop residency in the beautiful Descanso Gardens - open to the public!  Click here for some magical details!

January 2015:

  • A workshop with 20 Inner-City Arts students.  We taught them sections from After It Happened repertory, then screened video of those sections and talked about careers in dance.
  • We begin our 8 week residency with the Hope Street Family Center.  We are teaching 4 weekly classes for children aged 7-14.

September - December 2014:

  • A 10-week residency, with twice weekly classes, at the Exceptional Children's Foundation Kayne-Eras School, for students with special needs.  It culminated in a fabulous performance for the 4 classes who participated.

October 2014:

  • 160 students attended After It Happened with free or discounted tickets, plus a special post-show Q&A for a group from Inner City Arts.
  • In-school workshops for 235 local students at RenArts High School, Pierce College & Santa Monica College.
  • Dancers from Culver City High School's Academy of Visual and Performing Arts performed a prelude to After It Happened for 3 nights.  Click here for photos.

March - June 2014:

Read about Ms. Sadie's Invert/ED adventures:

  • Week 1: Ms. Sadie Finds 108 Bubbles
  • Week 2: Ms. Sadie and the Organized Chaos (or, A Traveling Obstacle Course)
  • Week 5: Ms. Sadie's Class Stats
  • Week 6: Ms. Sadie's Dance Class Haikus
  • Week 10: Ms. Sadie's 10 Life Lessons (as learned from 1st graders)

September - October 2013:

  • A 6-week residency with 35 middle school dancers at Bancroft Middle School in Hollywood.