2018 NASSS Annual Conference
Sport Soundtrack: Sport, Music, & Culture
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Marc Pacampara

Program Strategy & Research
Marc studied Sociology at Highline College. He developed a love for music and dance which he has pursued rigorously since. Over the years of performing he’s developed a love for developing choreography and teaching. Marc has a strong passion for the arts and continues to help the youth he interacts with develop their own interest in the arts. Through foundry10 he merged his background in Sociology and dance, and continues to aim on helping individuals develop further through exposure to the arts. He brings his expertise in teaching and the arts into his approach with VR and education where he helps run foundry10’s study on VR in the classroom. Within the VR team at foundry10, Marc is responsible for connecting with classrooms, helping students and teacher find the VR solutions that best fit their needs, and supporting them as they explore this growing technology. Marc works alongside the VR team at foundry10 to explore new ideas of utilizing VR as a learning tool to better engage with students in the classroom.

Dance That Moves: Using student choreography as a vehicle for student expression and identity formation
With the emphasis on sports and athletics in a majority of high schools, dance teams and clubs are often overlooked as a valuable space to cultivate student voice, expression, and identity formation. In the spring of 2018, we ran a dance competition to provide a platform for students to make a statement about an issue important to them using their own choreography and performance. Through individual and group interviews conducted with the students, they expressed the transformative effect creating their piece within the safety and support of their dance group had on them. When asked, “How do you think the skills you’ve picked up in this club/on this team will help you in the future?” responses were centered around skills such as time management, reliability, self-motivation, perseverance, communication, goal setting, and leadership. As a result of creating and learning choreography as a group, students gained a greater understanding of their own identity and recognized the impact sharing their ideas could have. Furthermore, because of this experience, the students learned the importance of combining music and movement in order to articulate those ideas to their communities.