Telling stories through dance with Books in Motion

Lindbergh fifth-graders at Long and Sappington elementary schools recently performed student-choreographed dance interpretations of the novel “Restart,” with the guidance of mentors from the Modern American Dance Company’s Books in Motion program.

Books in Motion is an inclusive, student-centered program that uses dance to provide students with valuable exposure to literature and the arts. Students at each school spent 10 days working alongside dancers from MADCO. Together, they read “Restart,” by Gordon Korman, the story of a boy who loses his memory and must rediscover who he is, and who he will be come. The students then discussed the book’s primary themes, and developed high energy routines that interpreted those themes through movement and dance.

Each school performed their routines during all-school assemblies, and also as part of an evening performance for parents and families. The experiences were funded by Long and Sappington parent teacher groups.

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