Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Defeat Global Warming With Interpretive Dance

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Interpretive dance is the hot new defense against global warming.

Barry Chernoff, a professor of environmental studies at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut, is teaching his students to boogie their climate cares away with his interpretive dance class, “Feet to the Fire: The Art and Science of Global Warming.”

In the class, Chernoff teaches students about the effects of global warming by having them interpret the process through a modern dance performance.

And while the class may sound like a breeze, Chernoff says it’s no easy “A.”

Says Chernoff: “This is not an easy course. Students have both performance work and text to read. It’s novel while still maintaining an academic rigor.”

Currently, Chernoff is teaching his class about global warming by studying a local landfill and its environmental effects.

Science students are being paired with art students to work on dances that they’ll perform in front of a local audience.

And Chernoff hopes to use his class to build a climate control army.

He says, “I’m hoping to create a new crop of people who think in a different way and will create a new environment.”

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