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Dance Teacher Receives Grant
Christina Lohry, BHESA Dance Teacher, is one of the chosen recipients for this years grant from the World Affairs Council of Charlotte (WACC). She will be traveling to South Korea and China to study and document their cultural arts, visit and teach at their public schools, explore aspects of city life in Seoul as well as their rural customs in the mountain regions. She will take private lessons in Buchaechum, a traditional form of Korean dance also called a fan dance, usually performed by groups of female dancers.
In China she will document a phenomena called street dancing where thousand of people take to the streets each night, form various groups and dance! Some groups do ballroom, some Tai chi, others traditional folk and still others do hip hop! The whole city comes alive at night!
She will then, bring it back and share it with teachers and students by incorporating it into her curriculum as well as school performances and sharing any documentation she has produced. Through her connections to schools abroad, she will establish a sister school and begin an on-going relationship between students at Benton Heights where she teaches and the University Elementary School in Seoul.
The World Affairs Council of Charlotte gives several grants each year, and develops many different programs that involve global awareness and foster education and connection as shown by the directors words, “As members of an organization dedicated to the promotion of international education, we are gratified to know that there are teachers like you sharing your enthusiasm for international education and world affairs with your students.”
Written by: Ms. Christina Lohry, BHESA Dance Teacher
Posted: Jan 21, 2014 by Beth Lanzy