English and History teacher Joshua Block teamed up with the Leah Stein Dance Company to teach 10th grade students how to interact with their environment in an innovative way ofdancing. Both Iron and Copper streams got to work directly with Leah Stein and three of her dancers. The program included introductory classes about dancing in peculiar environments and creating imaginative mindsets.
Two intensive weeks were spent with Stein learning, developing and creating dance pieces that were apart of the Art in the Open Festival.
Students had a choice to perform dance pieces at different locations the city, unlike previous years, where students were restricted to perform on the Schuykill River, where the bigger part of the festival is held. All performances were no more than a 5 minute walk from the school.
Students performed in alley ways, parking lots, and one group performed in the Mütter Museum garden.
Students who participated in the program experienced a different kind of learning: performing in different parts of the city and gaining a confidence in stage presence. – Deshawn McLeod, Staff Writer
Photos taken by Taylor Thomas, Douglas Herman and Isabela Supovitz-Aznar; Edited by Isabela Supovitz-Aznar