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Pilobolus Brings the Power of Dance to Hillside

Recently, thanks to a generous grant from the Hastings PTSA and SEPTA, acclaimed theater dance organization Pilobolus came to Hillside Elementary School to perform for students. Pilobolus tells stories with the human form to show diverse communities, brands, and organizations how to maximize group creativity, solve problems, create surprise, and generate joy through the power of nonverbal communication. 

The show, called Rules @ Play, was equal parts lively and interactive, and was organized as a result of a long-time partnership with Amanda Kupillas, owner of a dance studio located here in Hastings and Co-President of SEPTA. For many years, Kupillas has worked to bring the magic of dance and performance art to the district's youngest learners. 

“Throughout life, we all encounter rules, and sometimes we view them negatively,” Kupillas said. “Rules @ Play explored how rules can provide opportunities to solve problems and overcome challenges. They can spark creativity, and in our case, give us the tools to dance!” 

Through movement and discussion on and off the stage, Pilobolus dancers showed students the benefit of playing by the rules. 

“Oftentimes, companies send students or their second company to do these types of shows,” said Kupillas. “That is great, but in this instance, students had the unique opportunity to interact with dancers who are in the company year-round.” 

Laughter and excitement filled the room, making for a successful day of learning, engagement, and of course, dance.

Click here for a fact sheet about Pilobolus.

Special thanks to Hillside's custodial crew and Principal Amy Cazes for help executing the setup for the show.