Third-grade students at the International School at Dundee (ISD) choreographed and performed their own dance stories as part of an ongoing cultural partnership with the Connecticut Ballet.
The partnership encourages students to appreciate, explore and discover their creativity and to express themselves through non-verbal communication. As part of the program, the students learned specific dance steps, collaborating to bring Aesop’s Fables to life through their own dance choreography.
Now in its ninth year, the partnership augments the third grade IB Unit of “How We Express Ourselves” and the central idea of “Feelings, ideas, and beliefs can be expressed through movement,” by giving students a comprehensive understanding of dance, including dance skills, timing, transitions, music adaptation, dramatic expression and spatial relationships.
Pictured (Front row, L-R): ISD third graders, Cameron Williams and Chase Nizielski, (middle row, L-R), Kayla Townsend, Flore Embrechts, Grace Brandes and Lauren Dionis choreographed and performed a dance of “The Ants and the Grasshopper” as part of school’s International Baccalaureate (IB) unit of study “How We Express Ourselves.” Pictured with the students are (Back row, L-R) Jeremy Boland, ISD Physical Education Teacher, Jessica Delia, Resident Dance Instructor CT Ballet Stamford, and Patrick Bragdon, ISD Physical Education Teacher.
The International School at Dundee was authorized in July of 2003 as an official International Baccalaureate school. ISD is one of less than 200 IB Primary Years Programme (IBPYP) authorized schools in the US, and one of only a few elementary schools in Connecticut to receive the IBPYP accreditation. ISD offers programs for students from kindergarten through fifth grade.