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Classes Learn Cultural Dances during Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration
Spanish teacher Ms. Elliott is passionate about her content, her students, and especially her culture. A native of Colombia, South America, Ms. Elliott considers herself an ambassador of Latin Culture. She decided this year to bring as much of it to life in her classroom as she could and committed to make learning fun.
The fun started in early September when her Spanish classes began studying the various types of Latin dances as well as their history. Students learned about instruments, music, routines, and costumes.
On Friday, September 19, Ms. Elliott’s classes were then treated to the real thing. A Latin dance instructor led classes how to dance Salsa, Merengue, Cumbia, and more.
Freshman Kelsea Little shared, “My favorite dance was the salsa. I liked it the best because we were constantly moving, and the dance had a positive energy to it. I enjoyed this because I kept a positive attitude and got to do it with my friends. I also was pleased we could go into greater depth about the Spanish culture and not just the language.”
“Even though we were still in America, and nobody knew how to dance very well, I felt like some of the Latin American culture was brought to our school through the music and the dance, “ added one of Kelsea’s classmates.
Hispanic Heritage Month continues through October 15. Ms. Elliot and the International Club will sponsor a special observance this week with morning announcements and a photo display of prominent Latin cultural, political and historical figures.
Written by: Lisa Justice
Posted: Sep 29, 2014 by Lisa Justice