Sunday, May 06, 2012

Center for Architecture and More Dance News

We started this week with a trip to the Center for Architecture in NoHo (North of Houston St.) right by Washington Square Park.  It's a cool little museum that's all about the built environment.  We had a class of 5 10-12y/o homeschoolers (it rained so we were missing a few families) who were pretty interested in learning about the architecture in the Middle East.  Once again, they were very engaged and asked and answered a lot of questions.

Center for Architecture

This week was Parent Observation Week again at J's high school.  I stayed and watched her 4 periods (3 hours) of ballet and modern dance classes.  I was so impressed with their focus, determination, and talent.  This school never ceases to blow me away.   J has 4 dance instructors this semester, each one hailing from some prestigious dance company and/or Broadway.  2 graduating seniors made it into Juilliard, and others went right into dance companies, and national tours of shows.  They mean business here and they certainly produce results.  Love this school.  Below is a quick video of J going "across the floor" with a friend.  Every dance class has its own live piano player.

Modern dance class
                                                                    Ballet Class

J and her dance studio spent this weekend at a NUVO dance convention in New Jersey.  She had 3 days (a total of 14 hours) of master classes by choreographers like Stacey Tookey and Denise Wall, among others.  There had to be at least 300 kids in the teen/senior room .  On Sunday afternoon they announced that J won a "Standout in Jazz" scholarship ($250) to one of several week-long summer intensives!!  I'm not sure if it's feasible to do, but how cool that she won!

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