ISD partners with CT Ballet

From left, ISD third graders, Ashley and Olivia Hopper and Connor and Tyler Grant are joined by, from left, Catherine Espinosa, Connecticut Ballet teaching artist, and ISD physical education teachers Jeremy Boland and Patrick Bragdon.

From left, ISD third graders, Ashley and Olivia Hopper and Connor and Tyler Grant are joined by, from left, Catherine Espinosa, Connecticut Ballet teaching artist, and ISD physical education teachers Jeremy Boland and Patrick Bragdon.

Third grade students at the International School at Dundee (ISD) recently choreographed and performed their own dances representing seven important time periods in U.S. history, as part of a long-standing cultural partnership with the Connecticut Ballet.

Designed to encourage students to appreciate, explore and discover their creativity and to express themselves through non-verbal communication, the cultural partnership supports the school’s International Baccalaureate (IB) unit of study “How We Express Ourselves: Meaningful Movements” by giving students a comprehensive understanding of dance.

This year, the students’ dances reflected seven time periods: Colonial Times (1620-1774); American Revolution (1775-1783); Industrial Revolution (1760-1840); Westward Expansion (1803-1861); Civil War Period (1861-1865); Harlem Renaissance (1918-1937) and Post-War (1940-present).

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