Dance Response to Architecture

Whether you’ve toured campus virtually or in person, you’re aware of some distinctive architectural features. Those features are inspiring some movement and dance for middle school students.

Dance teacher Donna Cory says she was initially “stumped as to what to do with ten seventh graders in the dance rotation (we only have them six times, total) outside.” Colleague Crescence Birder ’07 came up with a lesson plan.
Donna explains, “We gather on the terrace. We discuss line – straight, bent, curved – and begin to examine buildings and nature, looking for those lines and patterns. I then send them off in pairs with their iPads to insert themselves into the environment and take pictures. They return and go through a process of coming up with their favorite shot. They email it to me, and I make a collage of their pictures and send it to the class.”
Students participating in class from home can do the same activity on their own. At right, you can see some samples of what students found and responded to in their surroundings.
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The Bishop’s School is an independent, coeducational college-preparatory day school for students in grades six through twelve who live throughout San Diego County. Founded in 1909, the School is affiliated with the Episcopal church.