Ideally, dance and music residencies are tailored to a specific theme or topic. Residencies culminate with a 'sharing' of the group work. It's a format that, over the years, has proven to be highly successful and very popular. It helps to motivate the participants and improve their focus during the sessions.
Plus, the young people experience a tremendous sense of accomplishment. Often the young people, their teachers and others who watch the culminating performance are amazed at what they have accomplished.
What's more the benefits of the workshops tend to go beyond the workshop environment. Following an IRIE! residency, the company regularly receives reports from teachers that the concentration of and academic performance of student improve as well.>