For two years, the dance department has been working closely with DanceWorks Chicago to put Interlochen students and professional artists from Danceworks on the stage together. This spring the project was finally revealed to audiences in Corson Auditorium.
Inspired by his mother’s work with autistic children, choreographer Christian Denice created a passionate original piece that uses dance and movement to express the realities of life with autism. He worked with Academy dancers in personal visits and remotely from his Chicago studio to create the final work, called “Spectrum.”
About 40 percent of those with autism have average to above average intellectual abilities, excelling in visual skills, music, math, and art, while about 25 percent of individuals with autism are nonverbal, but can learn to communicate using other means.