Students will engage in the study of traditional folk dance from Africa, the Caribbean, and the United States. Students will be taught history and folklore. Bodily coordination to execute movements that convey a message, symbol, or tell a story will be practiced. Participants will work on excellence as a group. This is inclusive of attitude, posture and expression. Math concepts involving addition, division, and fractions will be utilized to explain dance formations. Students will introduced and instructed in how to play the music for their dances on drums and small percussion. Students will read and orate the stories of African American dance legends in the United States such as Katherine Dunham, Pearl Primus and the Nicholas Brothers. The making of dance accessories (jewelry, fabric embellishments) may be performed when circumstances permit. Each session is 30 to 45 minutes for primary grades and 45 to 60 minutes for 5th grade and up. It is available as a one time workshop, or as a series to occur over several weeks. Students that excel in behavior and ability will be encouraged to perform for faculty, peers, and special events.

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