December 13, 2018, Senior students of the County Prep Dance Program met dance pioneer Steve Paxton, a founding member of the legendary Judson Dance Theater and creator of the dance technique Contact Improvisation. Paxton was featured in the exhibit Judson Dance Theater: The Work Is Never Done at the Museum of Modern Art in Manhattan.
The learning experience for students included seeing and discussing MoMA's art collection, as well as spending time in the Judson Dance exhibit, finding correlations between this historic postmodern dance movement and the work done in class at County Prep. In addition, students watched a performance by the Stephen Petronio Company who performed variations of Steve Paxton's choreography. One of Petronio's dancers, Bria Bacon, was part of the Fall CHIRP residency at County Prep. It was exciting for the students to connect with Bria there, and see a dancer from their community performing in such a prestigious venue. The day culminated with a discussion with Paxton himself, who generously took time to meet and talk with our students.