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Arts integrated dance celebration with fourth grade students

The fourth grade students at Benton Heights Elementary School of the Arts have been studying the three regions of North Carolina. Students have been experiencing the cultural arts that are unique to each region of North Carolina including clog dancing of the mountains, square dancing from the Piedmont, and Shag dancing from the coast.

On Wednesday, December 5, 2012 4th grade had a hoedown. The dance teacher, Mrs. Christina Lohry, led one hundred and twenty students to dance the Virginia Reel and other square dances to live music performed by the music teacher Mr. James Wagner.

The essentials (art) team collaborated to reinforce students learning concepts such as how arts and culture have impacted various communities and influenced life in North Carolina. Vocabulary, teaching points, and assessments were shared.

Classroom and other essentials teachers joined in on this informance. The engagement and spirit of all the fourth graders present shocked one teacher who said "She remembered hating to do square dance in 8th grade. Maybe fourth grade is more age appropriate, or just maybe, our school environment allows students to be children, take risks and enjoy the arts." Whatever the reason, that gym was filled with fun and joy! Celebrations and informances like this 4th grade hoedown are a crucial part of being an A+ (arts integrated) school.

Written by: Christina Lohry, Dance Teacher
Posted: Dec 13, 2012 by Beth Lanzy

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