New Dance Curriculum at Some New York City Public Schools
Friday, August 05, 2011
Some New York City public school students will get a dance lesson 53 years in the making. Jerome Robbins's 1958 dance work "NY Export: Opus Jazz" was made into a film last year, which is now the basis for a curriculum that's helping kids learn to pirouette, lunge, and interact with one another onstage. The original work told the story of urban youth through ballet, jazz, and ballroom dancing. The film took the conceit one step further with performances in indoor and outdoor locales around the city. Now a new generation of students will get a chance to bring the dance piece to life. In this week's Arts File, Kerry Nolan talks with Wall Street Journal culture reporter Pia Catton, who tells this story of creativity transformed in her article From Stage to Screen to Classroom.