Paige is a multifaceted artist, who is known for her innovative fusion of poetry, hip hop, dance and education.
As a master teaching artist, Paige has taught throughout the country, to all ages, in all disciplines. To date, she has reached approx. 20,000 students, from Pre-K through college, in over 150 residencies, workshops and performances. She has been recognized in many organizations including the Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning through the Arts and Arena Stage where she was awarded the Thomas Fichandler award for exceptional promise in theater education. The Huffington Post also named Paige a “classroom hero” because of her outstanding arts integration and work with STEAM initiatives.
Paige is a proud member of Actors Equity Association and has performed on many stages throughout the country including DC: Arena Stage, Folger Theatre, The Kennedy Center , Fulton Theatre (PA), Ohio Theatre (NY), Manship Theatre (LA), Paramount Theatre (TX), Cleveland Playhouse (OH) and many others. She has collaborated with The Lincoln Center (NY) and was commissioned by the National New Play Network in 2012.
As a critically acclaimed dancer, Paige’s choreography has been seen all over the world most notably in Imagination Stage’s Zomo The Rabbit (Helen Hayes Nomination), P.Nokio: A Hip hop Musical, Cinderella the Remix and The Kennedy Center’s American Scrapbook, Knuffle Bunny (premiere, national and international tours) and Jason the Invincible.
As a hip-hop education advocate, Paige has shaped various educational workshops, including Props for Hip Hop at Arena Stage and Keep it Moving, at Wolf Trap. Both workshops help teachers to understand the fundamentals of hip-hop while incorporating the culture into their curriculum.
Paige tours throughout the country with her children’s shows Havana Hop and All the Way Live!, her solo show, Paige in Full: A B-girl’s Visual Mixtape, and with Liner Notes: Music of The Movement featuring Paige Hernandez, Baye Harrell, Akua Allrich and Kris Funn’s Corner Store Jazz Quintet.
Featured in Washingtonian Magazine’s “40 under 40”
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Workshops created and facilitated by Paige Hernandez
All of the listed workshops can either be professional development for educators OR an in-school experience with students.
Preferred amount of participants for all workshops are 30 persons or less. This is negotiable.
Don’t Sweat the Technique:
Hip-hop Strategies and Activities for the Classroom and Stage
Participants will explore innovative hip hop teaching methods, activities and exercises to supplement curriculum and/or to use in performance pieces. The workshop will show how each hip hop element (Emcee, DJ, Graffiti and B-boy) can easily be transformed into arts integrated exercises or performance pieces. Packet optional. All grades.
Hip Hop Body Rock
Calling all fly girls and b-boys! Learn about significant hip hop choreographers, different styles of hip hop dance and regional/cultural influences. Then it‘s time to stretch and flex before you learn a brand new hip hop routine. All grades.
As ensemble, participants will write, devise and perform their own ten-minute theatrical piece. Paige will lead the group through transitions, tableaux and basic play building. In the end, resources will be plentiful for the group to continue to create meaningful pieces in their communities. Grades 6-12.
Rap, Clap, Write That!
A pen and a paper is all you need to be a playwright! Effortlessly create characters, plots and setting using hip hop inspiration. Participants will be inspired to create poems, monologues and basic dialogue. If there‘s time at the end, we‘ll share the genius. Grades 6-12.
Discover infectious ways to enhance your students’ vocabulary! Participants will get hands-on experience using arts strategies that include hip-hop, sign language and theater games. Teaching a rich vocabulary doesn’t have to be daunting task when you rediscover age-appropriate grammar skills and give them an interesting twist. Children and teachers will feel more confident in achieving a personal vocabulary that is rich, expansive and engaging! Packet Optional. Grades K-5.
Keep It Moving with Classroom Management!
Explore creative ways to facilitate transitions, establish routines and refine daily practices using arts strategies that include dance, poetry, hip hop and sign language! Keep your class orderly and establish an exciting classroom learning environment. Participate in and analyze a lesson with step-by-step examination of structure, transitions and easy solutions for common class challenges. Participants will create and enhance strategies with their own personal flair, culture and expertise! Keep your class under control and keep it moving! Packet optional. Grades K-5.
Dream with Steam!
Explore the strong connections between theatre and math, movement and science. Actively participate in STEAM lessons that have been used in dozens of classrooms, across the globe. These experiences can empower children to learn and understand the scientific method, engineering process, math basics and more importantly, these experiences can inspire you to create your own. Dream with steam! Packet optional. Grades K-5.
HAVANA HOP: Assembly Version
This paired down version of Paige’s solo show Havana Hopis perfect for in school assemblies or classroom interactions. Paige will guide participants through several movement experiences that culminate with a partner dance that includes both hip-hop and salsa. The entire arts integrated experience explores such curriculum standards such as shapes, sequencing, counting, Spanish, sign language and cultural traditions. Students can participate in an open space (gym or cafeteria) or an in a more confined space such as an auditorium. This workshop requires a PA system (speakers and lapel mic) and has no limit to the amount of participants. Grades K-5
In conjunction with a LINER NOTES show:
Jazz Master Class: Liner Notes’ Jazz quintet, The CornerStore, takes you on a journey through jazz history.
Sample That!: Learn how to create a new song inspired by the work of others. Performers will lead you through a live sampling process.
The Hit Factory: Liner Notes’ vocalists lead you through a songwriting workshop based on participant’s themes, musical genres and topics.
Dramatize and Improvise: Theatre and music intersect as participants devise a story that gets an original score by The CornerStore.
CREATE Your Own!
I can create a workshop that meets your participants’ needs. Combine elements from the workshops above or pow-wow with me to create something unique, inspiring and educational. I also have ample experience with early childhood education, STEM areas, film acting, world dance and audition techniques. All grades.
- An electrical outlet
- An open space that can accommodate the entire group in a standing circle as well as tables and chairs in close proximity.
- Wall space to hang sticky chart paper
- For writing workshops: pen and paper for each participant
- PA system (speakers and lapel mic) for outdoor or large spaces with many participants.