Cherish Jones sat pasting together body parts she had clipped from magazines to form a ballet dancer doing a plie, a move familiar even to non-fans that involves bending both knees outward and dipping straight down.
Cherish, 12, was working on an interdisciplinary project at AileyCamp, a six-week program based at Newark Arts High School, where she and 65 other campers study dance and visual arts. The collage was meant to reinforce both forms of expression.
“Before I did this picture, I felt like art had nothing to do with dance,” Cherish said. “I know art is more using your hands and drawing, and dance is more of using your body. But now, when I put it together, it made me realize that you could put art and dance together, and it could really mean something.”