We have an excellent 4th Wall collaboration in place with Michigan State University. After we practiced a dance for the grand finale, one of our MSU theatre majors approached me, “That band we’re dancing to? I know them. I could send along a video of our 4th Wall class dancing to their song.”
Thrilled does not start to describe my students’ reaction at showing a favorite band their dance moves. We did three takes to get it just right. It was a great lesson in practicing, community, and how artists lean on and appreciate one another. As a teacher I was happy for my students to have this experience in virtual sharing.
But wait, there’s more…
Unplanned by us the band recorded a video back! They said:
“What’s up guys! [Names] here from [band] and we just wanted to say: 4th Wall you sound absolutely amazing, you all are great.”
As you may have guessed, I cannot disclose which billboard topping band it is. But you know what? I don’t know if it matters: my students were ecstatic! To reach out and be heard is a wonderful human experience. So thank you, chart-topping band, for taking 30 seconds to make 17 lives that much more happy. How cool.