This week, we hosted our 13th annual Folk Dancing Performance. Our long-standing folk dancing program positively influences student development and the desire to learn, and nurture their love for the school and sense of community. Students dance weekly, building stamina and learning new dances as the year progresses. Every April, the students in our Young Kindergarten and Elementary Programs are ready to perform for thirty minutes non-stop; parents and grand-parents join to dance afterwards. The performance makes them feel capable, confident, accomplished and most importantly, very happy. This is an experience that they will always remember.
We believe that physical arts are an essential aspect of education for the development of the whole child and for a healthy society. By incorporating folk dances in our programs, the students not only exercise, improve rhythm, coordination and balance, but they are also learning about traditional music and dances from around the world.
This year, students in our Young K, Kindergarten and Elementary Programs performed the following International Folk Dances.
- Kadril – Russia
- Deer – France
- Camels – Israel
- 7 Jumps – United States of America
- Hey Yanana – North American Indians
- Horses – Russia
- Koryak – North Russia
- Bamboo – International
They danced the following with parents and grandparents:
- Irish Jig Medley
- Nafarroa – Spain/Basque
- Sri ram Jai ram – India
You can watch the performance below.