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NEW DANCE AND ARTS STUDIO SET TO OPEN SOON
NEW DANCE AND ARTS STUDIO SET TO OPEN SOON
Posted on 11/10/2014
NEW DANCE AND ARTS STUDIO SET TO OPEN SOON

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Carpentry Instructor Jose Fernandes, left, works with Justin Mercurio, a junior from Pepperell, in the Dance and Arts Studio.

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Mitchell Tine of Pepperell, a junior in the Electrical Technology program, works in the Dance and Arts Studio.

WESTFORD — Four years ago, Nashoba Tech became one of the first technical high schools in Massachusetts to add music to its curriculum.
        At the time, Superintendent Dr. Judith L. Klimkiewicz saw a “desperate need” for music education as a way to broaden students’ “appreciation of different cultures.”
        Nashoba Tech will soon open its new Dance and Arts Studio, which will be home to an expansion of the arts-based programs the school already offers, including Music, TV & Media, Theatre Arts, and Design & Visual Communications.
        Nashoba Tech has gutted a building at the back of the school property commonly referred to as “the barn” and turned it into a studio will allow students a wider palette when it comes to fine-arts education, while also giving students in the construction programs — including Carpentry, Plumbing & Heating, and Electrical Technology — a chance to get hands-on work.
        “I’m excited because it will increase activities in the fine arts, which is very rare for a technical school,” Music Instructor Laura Lamore said. “In a way, it will be like a college that has a fine-arts academy. The studio will be a place for kids to get more experience in the arts.”
        Emily Smith and Eric Stevenson, co-instructors in the TV & Media Production/Theatre Arts program, are also excited about the opportunity to better showcase their students’ talents.
        “We are very excited for the new NVTHS arts expansion project, as we try to incorporate both visual and performing arts into our day-to-day teaching, and this can offer a new space in which to expand these projects,” Smith said.
        “Arts education and vocational education offer very similar skill sets for students to learn. Both areas enhance creativity, innovation, collaboration, problem-solving and project-based learning,” she added. “With the dance portion of the new studio, it would be possible to expand the Musical Theatre aspects of the Theatre Arts curriculum and gain an additional rehearsal space for Drama Club productions, as well.”
        Stevenson said that although Nashoba Tech has in place several programs “where students have the opportunity to create various forms of expressive work,” the Dance and Arts Studio will “offer students a new and unique working space that can double as a presentation and showcase venue for the public to view their works.”
        “This showcase opportunity can be a great way for us to show off how talented our students are,” he added.