Ashley LeBlanc

Ashley LeBlanc
Mentor: Dr. Joan Frosch
College of Fine Arts
"I had an interest in learning about and implementing academic based classes with a kinesthetic flare. I enjoyed my core curriculum classes growing up, but dance classes always were my favorite. I wanted to see in what ways movement could be brought into those core classes. "





Research Interests

  • Dance
  • Kinesthetic Learning
  • Education

Academic Awards

  • Bates Dance Festival Work Study Scholarship


  • Dance in a Suitcase
  • Reformed University Fellowship
  • Florida Swing Dancing Club


  • Lake Placid Dance Ministry

Hobbies and Interests

  • Lindy Hop
  • Sailing
  • Rock Climbing

Research Description

Academics in Action

Academics in Action will be a ten-week residency that begins with a week of planning with the chosen school. Specific curricular areas and standards will be targeted with academic and artistic teachers. Pre and post assessments will be generated to evaluate student needs and growth. Lesson plans will be developed to include vocabulary development, teaching strategies for differentiated classrooms, and product/performance tasks with rubrics. The residency period with students will begin when lessons are administered and refined over the next eight weeks. At the completion of this ten week period, one week will be spent in wrap up of the project with the faculty examining the data for significant changes, and composing a written report summarizing the project and its results. Lesson plans, teaching strategies, and performance products will be refined and shared for future application in other schools and communities. The goals of the Academics in Action residency follow a three-prong approach. The first goal is to use dance to engage students in academic concepts through lessons that bring reading, writing, science, and math to life in movement. The next level is to allow for creative expression and critical thinking through lessons and performance tasks. Finally, the residency seeks to provide a sense of fun, safety, and community within the group to help students learn ensemble skills.