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A Moby Dick Whaling Dance

Recently, Dr. Norm Carey’s Advanced Literature class was given a choice during their reading of Moby Dick – write an essay, or replicate a tavern dance set to a 19th century whaling song featured in the 1956 film starring Gregory Peck. As one might guess, the group chose the dance. But there was a hitch – a panel of judges would decide if the performance was robust enough to warrant a passing grade. If not, the class would write the essay.
So, on an overcast day, the group headed to School Girl Square where they were met by a group of faculty and staff judges, and student spectators. On went the music, and the group performed a jaunty dance around and around the statue. After the conferring of the judges, it was deemed that the dance was nicely choreographed in the spirit of the movie and deserving of a thumbs up all around.
No Dr. Carey event involving the great white whale would be complete without the harpoon, which he brought out for the occasion. The group later took a trip to the New Bedford Whaling Museum.

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Cushing Academy exists for students and develops curious, creative, and confident learners and leaders. Founded in 1865, Cushing is a co-ed, college preparatory boarding and day school for students in grades 9-12 and PG. Our students, who come from over 30 states and 30 countries, excel in our outstanding academic, art, and athletic offerings. We welcome you to visit our community and beautiful 162-acre campus in Ashburnham, Mass., just one hour from Boston, to experience all that Cushing has to offer.