Year 1 and 2 students in Walabi class, under the direction of teacher Justine Doorn-McCormack, created a dance based on Aesop’s fable, The Ants and the Grasshopper. In their dance, the Year 1 students were the ants, who industriously collected food left over from picnics to store for winter, while the Year 2 grasshoppers danced and had fun.
As the cold weather comes in, the grasshoppers start to starve, which took some creative dance moves to portray! Finally, the ants decide to share their food with the grasshoppers and the dance ends with a celebration of sharing between the two groups.
By all accounts, the Year 1 and 2 students had a marvellous time at the IPAC sharing their dance with an appreciative audience.
“My favourite thing about going to the IPAC was performing. There were many people in the audience,” said Isabel Ryan of Year 2.
Their teacher, Mrs McCormack, believes that this experience was not only a great experience of telling a story through dance, but it also built the self-confidence and resilience of these young students in a unfamiliar situation.