On May 12 and 13, the TPS music department hosted choreographers from the Washington, DC-based Dance Exchange to facilitate movement classes for our students. The principal focus was the Junior Unit, whose students are preparing their Olympics Opening Ceremonies scheduled for later in the month. Each class collaborated with choreographers Matthew Cumbie and Shula Strassfeld to create dances inspired by Hades, Nike, and Apollo. Accompanying music will be played by the students on the day of the Ceremonies.
Matthew and Shula also worked with a number of Primary Unit classes on dances inspired by their study of birds. See the video below for a taste of the bird dance! The Dance Exchange residency was made possible by the Barry-Abrams Performance Enhancement Fund.