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BMS hosting dance residency

For the 10th year, Dance Residency Weeks for students throughout the Roaring Fork School District have been conducted with High Performance Dance Theatre, a Fort Collins nonprofit dance education and performing arts company.

Three professional dancers from the company have taught at Basalt Middle School this week to produce today’s performance at 7 p.m. at the BMS auditorium. The public is invited to enjoy an evening of dance showcasing students and professional dancers.

“These dance residencies offer so much to our students, their growth in movement education and their understanding of dance as an art form with true enjoyment and enthusiasm,” said Ann Stewart, BMS physical education teacher. “These enriching experiences with guest dancers not only broaden their knowledge, but enable us to further meet specific standards in our curriculum.”



The performance is titled “School is HOT! and Dance is HOT!” (HOT is the school’s acronym for honor, ownership and tolerance representing the staff’s focus on character development in middle school). During the week, the students have worked with the professional dancers to create dances around that theme.

In its fifth year, BMS has hosted the week-long residencies that pair HPDT dancers with the boys and girls physical education classes.



“Exposure to dance in this manner is a wonderful exploratory approach to complement our comprehensive physical education curriculum at BMS,” said Carl Frerichs, BMS boys physical education teacher. “The boys enthusiasm during our dance unit and during the Dance Residency has been growing each year.”


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