Isaac Shultz Reyes
Primary Discipline: Dance
Areas of Specialty: Mexican Folk dance, Pre-Hispanic dance, Modern dance
Additional Disciplines/Specialties: Folk art, Pinatas, Papier-mache masks, Paper flowers, Paper-cut banners, Amate bark painting
Based in: Olympia
Isaac Shultz Reyes specializes in Mexican dance, art, history and culture. A native of Mexico City, he performed as soloist in the Deer Dance with the Ballet Folklorico of Mexico in the Palacio de Bellas Artes. He has received numerous local and international awards including the National Contemporary Dance award in Mexico. Shultz-Reyes has thirty-five years experience as a professional artist and instructor in Mexico and the United States. He has worked as an Artist-in-Residence in Washington and Oregon since 1989, teaching the folk art and culture of his native country. In addition, Shultz Reyes serves as artistic director and performer of the ensemble "Ballet Folklorico Ollin" which performs throughout the Northwest through Young Audiences of Oregon, Northwest Folklife in the Schools and formerly with the Washington State Arts Commission's Cultural Enrichment Program.
As a teaching artist, my work involves offering students a wide variety of creative experiences in visual/folk arts, dance, music and information pertaining to the art and culture of Mexico. I hope to enhance students understanding and respect for cultural differences and increase their knowledge by sharing my wealth of knowledge about the history and culture of Mexican dance and folk arts to enhance the curriculum. Thus, in the process of teaching the arts, my purpose is to teach cognitive knowledge as well. For educational purposes, this cognitive knowledge is the highlight of the course and dance and the arts are a vehicle for teaching culture, history and other subjects. I pursue teaching with the same passion I pursue my love of dance and the arts, and consequently I am able to convey this excitement and enthusiasm to students and get them excited with me. I want to give students the opportunity to experience Mexican arts firsthand through creative hands-on projects including making piñatas, papier-mâché masks, colorful paper flowers, decorative paper banners, amate bark paintings and lively Mexican folk dances. The demographics in our schools and communities are changing with the rapid growth of the Hispanic population in the U.S., there is a growing demand for Hispanic arts in the classroom. My work in the schools can begin to meet the need for relevant resources by providing students a unique hands-on opportunity to learn authentic cultural dances and Hispanic arts.
Suitable for Grades: K-12
Preferred Grades: 3-12
Curriculum Integration Possibilities: History, Social Studies, P.E., Art, Music, ESL, Spanish, Special Education
- Leading Professional Development workshops for K-12 Teachers
- Working with students with special needs / disabilities
- Working with students who are English Language Learners
- Working with ESL students