I can hear change humming
In its loudest, proudest song.
I don’t fear change coming,
And so I sing along.

Taking inspiration from National Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman’s picture book, Change Sings, Spring ’22 Choreography Lab students will create dances that envision a brighter future for all, and that consider how even the youngest among us can join together to become instruments for positive social change. 

Story Arc and Theme & Variation students (see class descriptions below) will also draw from Gorman’s inaugural poem, The Hill We Climb, and new poetry collection, Call Us What We Carry.

The works generated during our 8-week Choreography Labs will be performed at The Center’s 2022 Spring Show, which will take place in June (date TBD).


Spinning Yarns (1 hour, grades 2-4) introduces students to the language of dance, inviting them to explore movement in a creative, nurturing environment. Picture books serve as entry-points for authentic, movement-based storytelling. Students consider such choreographic elements as space, body, time and relationship as they work together to build dances inspired by favorite texts and their own imaginations. Dates: March 29th-May 24thREGISTER

Story Arc  (75 minutes, grades 4-6) offers a creative approach to building dances in this lab that grounds students in composition through technical and improvisational activities. Using literature and their own writing as a platform for exploration, students will explore concepts such as formation, relationship, effort and action as they are introduced to a wide variety of choreographic tools. Students will work collaboratively and independently to structure original dances that are rich, meaningful and inspired. Dates: March 31st-May 26th.  REGISTER

Theme and Variation (1 hour and 45 minutes, grades 7+) encourages students to stretch themselves — both creatively and physically — in a supportive, community-oriented atmosphere. Students will apply their technical dance skills to a wide range of choreographic tasks, exploring movement dynamics, spatial design, time factors and relationship. Democratically selected themes and literary texts will inform collaborative dance building; students will also write across a variety of genres and use their work as choreographic material. By rooting students in the basics of Laban Movement Analysis, students will learn to constructively critique and refine their original ensemble works. Dates: March 30th-May 25th. REGISTER

All Choreography Labs will be held indoors at The Center Dance Studio: 321 Main Street in Amherst. Masks are required and COVID-19 prevention protocols will be followed.