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Choreolab

Choreolab

Choreolab embodies so many of Trevor’s values: embracing the creative process, empowering individuals, collaborating as a group, and enriching the larger community.

Choreolab is a coeducational, extracurricular dance program open to students in 7th–12th grades. Its magic and power lies in the fact that Choreolab is entirely student-driven and student-executed. Students devote hundreds of hours to create, collaborate, choreograph, direct, and eventually perform for the entire Trevor community. Choreolab is facilitated by expert faculty and serves as a model within Trevor’s inquiry-based learning environment.

Choreolab connects students through movement and purpose. Trevor encourages all students to think of themselves as educators in the art of dance. This mindset promotes trust and mutual respect and breaks down arbitrary boundaries associated with gender and age. Regardless of grade or experience level, students can join together to nurture a seed of an idea and develop it into a sophisticated performance. Those on stage, in the tech booth, and in the audience all participate to make Trevor’s Choreolab powerfully potent.

Trevor Alumnus

It opened a door that became an essential aspect of my Trevor experience and is one of the most meaningful parts of my life. Dance gives us permission to express ourselves in ways that are suppressed in day-to-day social interaction. Dance doesn’t belong to boys or girls or a particular race or culture. It’s everyone’s to take.

What is Choreolab's History?

This signature program began in 1981 as a humble idea under Bonnie Brown’s direction at the Walden School. Guided by her philosophy that the creative process is the most invigorating and intellectual pursuit in the art of dance, she sought to empower students by giving them the opportunity to create something with a purpose. For the first show, students constructed the stage with leftover wood and muslin, collected costumes from home, and used cue cards to announce each performance. It was a huge success. Brown noted, “When it was over, the students’ first question was, ‘Can we do it again next year?’”

Choreolab constantly evolves, but nearly 40 years later, it remains true to its mission—to give students ownership of the creative process. Each year, students and alumni return to experience the energy and excitement of one of the most successful and flourishing extracurricular activities on campus—consistently. selling out all three performances of this beloved tradition.