It was a great pleasure to welcome back Ms. Hilary Easton, Director of Global K–12 Dance Programs, back to NACIS last week as part of our on-going collaboration. Hilary spent some time observing lessons, demonstrating the Juilliard approach to both students and teachers, before also leading a parent engagement workshop for 50 parents.
Mr. Jack worked with his form group, 8 Elm, to challenge them to work in pairs to achieve challenging balances, whilst Ms. Wendy taught Ballet Positions and Royalty to 3 Yew. Both classes thoroughly enjoyed themselves, showing the value to be had in learning through experience.
Ms. Hilary then worked with two classes. 5 Cedar engaged in experimental dance in an activity called Circle, Chug, Freeze. 9 Yew engaged in choreography (creating their own dances), using a ‘chance’ method to challenge their abilities. This activity, called Choreograph the Cards included plenty of chances for students to take risks, develop interpersonal skills and build confidence as performers.
Ms. Hilary’s parental engagement visit was the highlight of the visit, with 50 parents engaging in the same Choreograph the Cards activity. It was very interesting to see how the same approach could be applied to students and parents alike! All parents engaged with this opportunity to collaborate, perform and have fun. This experience also helped parents to understand parts of their children’s education that they would not normally see. We had such a good time that we hope to work on offering other parent opportunities in the future!