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Black History Month Opening

“Dance to the Music!” was written as an original script, the action unfolds as a group of students travel to the famed Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater for an opportunity to audition but learn much more than dance steps.

We are grateful to director, Mr. Sean Hooper and assistant director Mrs. Denise Johnson for their development of this exciting program. Over 75 high school and middle school students performed at the McCoy Center for the Arts both for the community on February 22 and for their fellow students grades 4-12 on February 23 during the school day. The Black History Month Celebration was made possible through funding from the Big Lots Foundation and the McCoy Board of Trustees. 

2024 Black History Month Celebration from New Albany - Plain Local Schools on Vimeo.

“Dance to the Music!” was written as an original script, the action unfolds as a group of students travel to the famed Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater for an opportunity to audition but learn much more than dance steps.

The program focused on the significance of African Americans and their contributions to the art forms of choreography and dance. Tracing its origins from the continent of Africa, continuing through the Harlem Renaissance and the golden age of Hollywood, and it introduced the audience to the groundbreaking giants and trailblazers of ballet and modern dance. The show concluded with a fun look at the most popular dances throughout the decades. This year's musical selections included a tribute to the late great Tina Turner and our dance pieces (choreographed by Mrs. Melissa Gould) featured dances from diverse genres, including modern, ballet and disco.

"Dance to the Music!" is in alignment with the district’s R-Factor (E+R=O) system which attaches the importance of being focused and thoughtfully engaged, as well as acting with purpose and pride in order to have positive outcomes, and supporting each other by celebrating the timeless values of equality and acceptance while building an inclusive campus culture.