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*With permission, Historical photographs of IWU


A. Stimulate Your Senses:

What is this place? What is available in this place?

Who is in the photo? What is that person doing?

Where is this place? When was the photo taken?

When does it appear this photo is taken? Now? in the Past?

This picture was taken in the School of Theater Arts. Students in the IWU Dance Theater are in this picture. They were practicing for a dance theater production. This photo was taken in January 1981 at the School of Theater Arts.


B. Change:

What's changed? What's still the same? What replaced this scene and why?

The way people dress and look has changed since this picture was taken. Some students still value theater as they did in 1981.


C. Imagine You Are There:

Write a letter about how your day was when this picture was taken?

January 1981

Dear Mom and Dad,

Today I had Dance Theater practice. It was a rather fun practice even though Suzie elbowed me in the stomach when she turned in for a lift. We were able to run the whole routine from start to finish and our dance professor gave us great reviews. He was very impressed with my lift with Suzie even though I took a few jabs to get there. Our rendition of Aquarius incorporates 70 style dance with a little bit of vibes from the 80s. When you come to see the performance in February, I really hope you enjoy the overall performance. My aerobesque is coming along greatly! Love, Bobby

Dear Bobby,

I'm very happy that you are enjoying dance theater! Suzie elbowed you? Are you all right? Did you see the nurse? You can't let injuries like that just go by. You have to get them checked out. I will stop nagging you now. I am very excited to see your performance in February. I'm sure you and Suzie will do amazingly well. Your dance professor should give you great reviews. I know how hard you work. I hope you're not nervous. Everything will be great. Your father says hello and he is also excited to see your performance in February. How are classes going? You are still getting good grades, I hope? Have a great day!

Love Mom