Chicago teachers express concern about returning to classroom, through interpretive dance

Chicago teachers express concern about returning to classroom, through interpretive dance
Dance sequence from 'Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo' (1984). Via YouTube video

Apparently, the Chicago Public Schools have at least six “rank-and-file” dance teachers.

That sounds like kind of a lot of dance teachers for K-12 schools, but it’s a separate point.  (Also a separate point, but worth pondering, is what role a non-rank-and-file dance teacher might be filling for the CPS.)

What the six rank-and-file dance teachers did, however, was collaborate to make a video of themselves expressing concern, through interpretive dance, about the proposed return to classroom learning in the coming school year this fall.

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The Chicago teachers’ union tweeted out their video on Saturday (h/t: Daily Wire):

(It may be necessary to click to start the video. For some reason it’s accompanied by a warning: “The following media includes potentially sensitive content.”)

“Six of our rank-and-file dance teachers come together to use their art form as a voice to express their desire to feel safe amidst CPS’ teacher return policy,” said the union. “They stand in solidarity with all educators at risk, because no one should have to choose between life and livelihood.”

As to the trend toward worker groups posting dance videos, most people might primarily be curious about the time and resources involved.  There is also the discussion point that some segments of the public would be more interested to see dance videos with, say, oilfield workers, Navy SEALs, or chain restaurant waitstaff.

But Twitter users did have some other pertinent reactions.

A fruitful point for discussion.

Visit the original tweet to view the near-100% negative “ratio” being administered by Twitter users.  At Liberty Unyielding, our concern is that some of the dancers spend much of the video unmasked when in proximity to each other.  By the end of the video each dancer has donned a mask, but the unmasked time at the beginning seems unnecessarily risky, and perhaps counterproductive for a communication appealing to forestall classroom contact for fear of spreading a virus.

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