A BBDT “school show” is quite an exciting event! BBDT Repertory work includes dances with themes ranging from pure athleticism, to collaborations resulting in wildly innovative dances, to the celebration of cultural holidays such as “Day of The Dead”. For more mature audiences, subjects such as the cautionary yet resilient tale of Sisyphus and a non-fiction account of Purple Heart combat wounded warrior/dancer, Alfredo Hurtado, keep students engaged and interested. Every performance has full audience participatory moments. Students will learn about the history of modern dance and how its origins are rooted in American values of freedom of speech and equality for all. They will learn about shapes and how to move them with different qualities. They will learn how to “dance” a written paragraph, the physics of lifting with ease, and how to interpret a story that words can not contain! Once the process of making a dance has been “de-mystified”, the door is open for each student to develop their unique ideas and creatively respond to the show.
Black Box Dance Theatre has performed for thousands across NC and is a favorite of both students and educators. Known for their non-fiction accounts of the world, the troupe has expertise in making dances that are relevant and inspirational to audiences of all ages. It matters who is dancing and what you are dancing about: this modern dance company includes a hip hop dancer, a ballerinas, and a Purple Heart Army veteran all adding to the artistry on stage. Michelle Pearson, Artistic Director, has co-authored a Virtual Tool Box with methods and steps for bringing dance into the classroom.