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First Grade Travels the World

Over a hundred first graders took the stage to share with teachers, students and parents the dances, songs, traditional dress and life style of Jamaica, Colombia, West Africa, China, South Korea, Australia and Germany. Ms. Klutz’s class learned to dance the polka.

Our Visiting International Faculty (VIF) teacher, Ms. Barrett, shared circle games, songs and dances from her native country Jamaica. Her student’s ease with the movement and joy registered on their faces as they shared what they learned in their classroom this year.  Watching Ms. Barrett dance was a real treat!

Ms. Rendes’s class brought us through the tropical forests of South America with their bird dance, followed by a lively dance of Cumbia from Colombia. It was a colorful feast for the eyes!

Then, Ms. McDaniel’s class participated in the song and dance ‘Fanga Alafia’ and a circle game called Voolani ring e ring from Africa.

Ms. Mullis’ class took part in a Chinese New Year celebration and dragon dance. Next, Korean drummers from her class took the stage and performed a drum/stick song. The last dance presented by this class was a beautiful fan dance gracefully illustrating the blossoming of flowers and the flight of a butterfly.

Ms. Bennett’s class finished the show with the playing of the didgeridoo and a lively fire dance!

This fabulous ‘informance’ was a collaborate effort by the classroom teachers, Mr. Wagner, the music teacher, Ms. Richert, the drama teacher and choreographed and directed by Ms. Lohry, the dance teacher.

Written by: Christina Lohry, BHESA Dance Teacher
Posted: May 12, 2015 by Beth Lanzy

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