Students in grades seven through twelve took to the stage on April 22 and 23 for the Spring Dance Festival. To celebrate dance and the human spirit, Disconnect/Reconnect showcased student and faculty choreography, informed by personal journeys, aspirations, world events, and social justice issues.
This show demonstrated the reconnection and the disconnection felt all around the world due to the pandemic.
The students' dynamic leadership as performers, choreographers, and directors produced a compelling show for the audience.
“Watching those dancers come out of their shells and take risks, discover new abilities, and grow as both individuals and ensembles is really inspiring,” said performing arts teacher Laura Bamford.
“Seeing someone who was shy and scared to even dance back in September take the stage with confidence and conviction in April and tell a memorable story to an audience through movement is definitely a reason to celebrate.”
This was a special show for the students who have been eager to share their art on the Buckley stage again since the pandemic and the community who has been eager to attend the Buckley Dance Festival.
Among the new classes offered this school year, students have the opportunity to take two environmental literacy electives: Tipping Points with Anat Fernandes and How to Save the Planet: An Interdisciplinary Approach to the Climate Crisis with Eric Peterson.
This month, fifth graders headed up to the Pali Institute and arrived eager to start their adventures. When they stepped off the bus, students were greeted by Head of School Alona Scott who surprised students and joined them for a day of fun.
Every September the library raises awareness about literature censorship by partnering with the American Library Association's Banned Books Week - an annual weekly homage to learn where and what books are being suppressed worldwide and by whom.