Tredyffrin Easttown Middle School Parent Teacher Organization • 801 Conestoga Road, Berwyn, PA 19312


Cultural Arts Program Guide 2018 - 2019

Each year, the TEMS PTO Cultural Arts Committee arranges and sponsors programs to enhance our students’ experience of arts, culture, literature, history and science through live performances and interactive workshops. Selected with input from faculty and staff, the programs are designed to enrich the curriculum and provide exposure to a range of subjects and artistic expression. The Cultural Arts budget is funded by our Annual PTO fundraising efforts.

Contact: PTO Vice President, Cultural Arts - Laurie Nishimura

​​Past Assemblies 

​November 14, 2018, Wednesday
Grade 7 and 8: 12:30pm (45 minutes)
Grade 5 and 6: 1:30pm (45 minutes)

The synthesis of music, comedy, and technology - AudioBody’s performance is an electronic journey into an unknown realm of seriously spectacular entertainment! This thrilling show features an explosive mix of circus arts, relentless comedy, full-body contortion, juggling, LED light shows, and up-beat music! AudioBody’s multifaceted training and almost 20 years of experience in the performing arts has made them a global sensation and featured performers on Disney Cruise Lines, at the Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas and at The White House on three different occasions!

January 17, 2019, Thursday
Visiting Author - Erin Entrada Kelly
Grade 5 and 6: 8:45am
Grade 7: 10:20am
Grade 8: 1:40pm

Erin Entrada Kelly is professor of children’s literature in the graduate fiction and publishing programs at Rosemont College. Erin's books have won several awards, including the APALA Award for Children's Literature, the Golden Kite Honor Award, and the Gold Award for Fiction from the Parents Choice Foundation. Her bestselling books include Hello, Universe, You Go First, and The Land of Forgotten Girls. She won the Newbery Medal for Hello, Universe this year, which is on the 6th Grade Summer Reading List.

March 20, 2019, Wednesday
Dance China New York – “Acrobatic Power Plus”
Grade 7 and 8: 12:30pm (45 minutes)
Grade 5 and 6: 1:30pm (45 minutes)

Students will be amazed by one of the world’s oldest performing art forms. In this tour de force program, Dance China New York’s beautifully costumed dancers demonstrate physical strength, precise balance, agility, and dexterity while showcasing spellbinding feats such as plate spinning, foot juggling, and the Chinese water bowl. An incredible introduction to how acrobatics are extracted from skills in daily life, work, and martial arts. Not only will the audience witness the agility and skill of Chinese acrobats, but they will be treated to the rousing "Red Ribbon Dance" — a regular feature of holidays and celebrations across China; the Monkey King Dance (Peking Opera excerpt) a mythical tale adapted from one of China's four celebrated epics, Journey to the West, which features the famous Monkey King; and the Lion Dance which captures the essence of Chinese celebrations worldwide, often marked by the frolicking tricks of lions and their tamers.

April 10, 2019, Wednesday
Chariot of the Sun
Grade 5: 9:00am

Chariot of the Sun introduces students to the heroes, gods, and monsters of Greek mythology. This performance utilizes comedy, masks, mime, creative costuming and, at times, audience members as the Greek chorus, to bring the classic myths to life. Students learn the legends of Odysseus and Cyclops, Pandora’s box, and Phaethon’s tragic attempt to drive Helios’ sun chariot across the sky. Featuring professional actor, Jeff Benoit, it's a dynamic presentation that offers an accessible and fun introduction to the stories of ancient Greece!

April 12, 2019, Friday
Renaissance Man
Grade 8: 5 Workshops beginning at 8:50am

All day interactive Renaissance Man Shakespeare Workshops featuring actor, author and comedian, Christopher Davis. Smart, riotously funny and interactive shows that engage the kids in acting out well-known scenes from Romeo and Juliette…wherein the atrocious is made amusing, the horrible made humorous, and the terrible made to tickle your ribs! ...oh, and juggling!

May 1, 2019, Wednesday
The Seventh Principle - "Bantaba: The Circle of Celebration"
Grade 6: 1:30pm

Through a high-energy fusion of percussive dance, traditional music, and rousing call-and-response, the three performers of The Seventh Principle demonstrate both traditional African dance and modern African-American dance while teaching about the respective cultures on both sides of the Atlantic. Students will understand how dance and music are infused into elements of everyday life in West African communities, and how the arts play an important role as an expression of cultural identity. Bantaba: The Circle of Celebration connects students to the history of African dance and culture while also celebrating the unique ability that the art form has to bring people together around the world.

May 28, 2019, Tuesday
Chosen Dance
Grade 7: 1:00pm

Through entertainment and education, Chosen Dance Company strives to enhance the global appreciation of Hip Hop as an art form and to make Hip Hop accessible to all audiences regardless of age, ethnicity, or gender. On the day before the 7th grade leaves for Williamsburg, Chosen Dance will perform their wildly popular “History of Hip Hop” show and demonstration that includes audience participation.