Special Concert at A Harry Moore School
June 16, 2016 at 10AM
The Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company announces a special concert at this semester conclusion at the A Harry Moore School on Thursday June 16th, 2016. The student concert will take place at the school’s auditorium 2078 John F. Kennedy Blvd, Jersey City, NJ 07305.
The Company began working with A. Harry Moore Laboratory School in February 2016 as part of its ongoing residency at New Jersey City University, as the school is part of NJCU. Established in 1931 as a special education school, the A. Harry Moore School is one of the oldest schools dedicated to special education in the state of New Jersey.
In March, after extensive meetings with the principal and teachers to learn about the students’ abilities, Nai-Ni Chen designed a curriculum for a selected group of students in the school. The curriculum is inspired by observing the students and teachers. It is evolving as it is being implemented by the Company’s teaching artists working with teachers and therapists at the school.
Ms. Lori Bierig, Physical Education teacher, said the class has “facilitated our students to explore and expand the scope of their physical abilities through the adaptation of Dance and Music”. She observed that students are using seldom used parts of their body in their dance lessons and the progress has been remarkable. One of the students, who never moves his right arm because his right hand does not work very well, is moving the right arm happily as he swims forward in his imaginary ocean. Mr. Steven Goldberg, the Principal of the A. Harry Moore School said: “To watch our students be able to take the stage and enjoy dance just like everyone else is truly heartwarming and uplifting.”
Bo Pang, a Nai-Ni Chen teaching artist who works with the students every week, is very encouraged with the results and is looking forward to this exciting presentation.
The public is invited to attend at no cost.
Date/Time: June 16, 10AM
Location: School Auditorium 2078 John F. Kennedy Blvd, Jersey City, NJ 07305.