History, geography, social studies, music and math are all incorporated into my Multi-Cultural
Folk Dance Celebration. I propose coming as an artist-in-residence for a two or three
week period, during which time I teach a selected number of classes. Each class
learns a different folk dance representing a country or culture, while also learning
about history, geography, music and traditional attire. In addition, all classes
learn one common dance. The residency culminates with an assembly program for the
school, parents and community, where each class performs its own dance, in full costume,
and has the opportunity to see the accomplishments of all the other classes. The
students introduce each dance segment with a description of the country of origin
and history of the dance. The children, in this way, experience both the process
of learning by participation and the thrill of performance.
Dances include: Chinese Ribbon Dance, Lion Dance of Kenya, Russian Trepak, Highland
Fling, Japanese Fan Dance, Japanese Taiko Drumming, Italian Folk Dance, Australian
Aboriginal Dance, Mexican Clap Dance, French Minuet, Indian Kathak-style Dance, Mongolian
Dance, Dominican Republic’s Merengue, Highlife of Ghana, Colonial dances and others.
All residencies can be adapted to the needs of each school.
New Jersey Core Curriculum Standards: 1.1,1.2,1.3,1.4, 2.5, 6.2, 7.1