Newsletter = whirligig

This week we mailed out our spring newsletters, chock full of stories about the work we’ve been performing and creating. The newsletter covers the full range of what we do here at the Dance Exchange–from our residency at Kohler, to the successful partnerships of the MetLife Healthy Living Initiative, to an exclusive excerpt of Liz Lerman’s Hiking the Horizontal, to the excitement surrounding our world premiere of The Matter of Origins this fall at the University of Maryland.

We found a great local printshop called EcoPrint that is 100% wind powered and carbon neutral. The newsletter is already environmentally-friendly, but take it a step further. When you’re finished enjoying the stories in print, turn it into a whirling work of art!
–Emily Macel, Communications Manager

(Didn’t get a copy of the newsletter? Check out the digital version here.)


Step 1: Cut a square from the first page of the newsletter. To do this, fold the front right corner to the bottom left-hand side to make a triangle. Cut the newsletter along the seam, and then cut the extra 2 inches off the bottom. Now you have a square!

Step 2: Fold the square diagonally to opposite corners to create two creases. Open the paper back up to a square shape.
Step 3: Cut from each corner towards the center, stopping about an inch before you reach the center.

Step 4: Fold the corners into the center, holding them with a finger until four corners are in the center.

Step 5: using a push pin and a pencil with an eraser, carefully push the pushpin through the center of the pinwheel (where the corners are being held) and into the pencil’s eraser. Voila! A working whirligig! Take it outside into the wind and watch it work its magic.

About Sarah Levitt

Sarah Levitt (Resident Artist/Communications Coordinator) is a dancer, choreographer and teacher based in Maryland.