The BEF provided a generous grant to bring a professional dance company, Adera De, to Brookdale and Watsessing Schools last year. Adera De’s owner, Adesina Sampson, is a Fairview School parent who brought three other dancers with him to teach the students a diverse group of genres. The students learned ballet, West Indies, modern, and hip-hop style dances. Students were given a real-life clinic experience, where they learned blocks of choreography with and without music, then performed them for the group. The teachers at Watsessing School took the clinics and performed the dances with the students. It was a wonderful opportunity to have the students exposed to not only dance but to share a memory and build community.
I have always had students approach me at various ages to bring dance into the schools. I’m hoping we can recreate this opportunity for the students in the future.
Fine & Performing Arts Supervisor
Bloomfield Public Schools