Princeton Day School is delighted to welcome alumna Kelsey Burns '10 to campus as our final 2018 Imagine the Possibilities artist on April 26 and 27. Kelsey is a dancer, choreographer, and teacher, and has completed fellowships with the Newington-Cropsey Foundation, the Gibney Dance Center, and the Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation Observership Program. She has taught at the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance and Princeton University, and was formerly an internationally ranked salsa dancer.
On Thursday morning, Kelsey was joined by fellow artist and percussionist, Meredith Butterworth for two assemblies in the McAneny Theater for students in the Upper and Middle Schools. She began by performing an impromptu cha-cha, and then spoke about her artistic journey, which has led her to study flamenco in Seville, Spain and now to New York, where she is working as a professional dancer. Kelsey spoke of the importance of collaboration and improvisation in her work, and led students in a "rhythm workshop," encouraging groups to clap hands and stomp feet. She also invited students and faculty to the stage to dance with her. Later in the day, she worked with 3rd grade students by presenting a dance demo, and led a master dance class with Upper School students in Ms. Robideaux's class.
On Friday, Kelsey will work with Middle School students in Ms. Robideaux's dance class, and present an assembly to the Lower School. The day ends with a PreK dance party... what could be better? Stay tuned for photos.
Imagine the Possibilities is an annual Princeton Day School program made possible through the John D. Wallace, Jr. '78 Memorial Guest Artist Series Fund that brings authors, illustrators, and poets to campus to work directly with students in a variety of ways. The program began in 1996 with the idea of having an artist spend the day on campus and visit classes in the Lower, Middle, and Upper School. Now, more than two decades later, the program has doubled in size and scope, with multiple artists spending two days each on campus, while engaging in division assembly presentations, classroom workshops, and autographing sessions.
For more about Kelsey Burns and the Imagine the Possibilities program, visit this webpage.