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Stilt walking has been part of my 8th grade dance class since I directed Alice in Wonderland. I thought using stilts would be a great way to show the changes in size in the play.

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Stilt walking has been part of my 8th grade dance class since I directed Alice in Wonderland. I thought using stilts would be a great way to show the changes in size in the play. I never ended up using it in the play, but it became a passion of mine and a unique element of the 8th grade dance curriculum.

This current class, in particular, is really interested in circus arts. They love tumbling and acrobatics, and they are begging me to take them on a field trip to the circus gym! They are loving the stilts and taking to it quite quickly.

From an academic and personal perspective, working with stilts is similar to our challenge course. Students in the class are taking on a challenge and are able to persevere to success with the help and support of their peers. We spend weeks in the dance studio with one person on stilts working with 3 spotters until everyone becomes comfortable walking on their own and can demonstrate a proper, and consistent, descent. Last Thursday was our first outside walk. It was fun. As one student ducked to emerge through the doorway, she said "So, this is what it feels like to be born."

 

The Stilt Walkers Ms. Lorie Heald
Lorie is a member of our Middle School Faculty. Her academic credentials include an M.A. from the University of Arizona in Theater Arts and a B.F.A. also from the University of Arizona in Dance. She joined the Gregory School in 2000 and teaches Drama (grades 5-8), Dance (grades 7&8) and Digital Performance and Theater Production (grade 8).

I love the students at The Gregory School! They are as excited about learning as I am! Teaching here is a joy because students are truly engaged in what we’re doing across campus. I like to challenge my students to think creatively and to take creative risks. As a faculty member, The Gregory School supports me in doing the same. I am constantly learning and challenging myself here. I am supported when I want to learn a new skill and add that skill to my curriculum.

Ms. Lorie Heald
 
 
 

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