We were thrilled to launch a new partnership with The Neighborhood School, Manhattan this year! Students had an opportunity to participate in a 10-week African Dance residency. Sessions covered traditional African dance fundamentals. Students became familiar with rhythms such as Lamban, DunDunba, Sinte, and more. They were introduced to African dance terminology such as breaks, rhythms, and traditional African garb. Students practiced performance quality, weight shifts, and improvised movement based off of their knowledge of African dance.
School Population Demographics:
PreK-2, 283 students; 36% Hispanic, 11% Black, 5% Asian, 46% White, 3% Multiracial; 3% ELL; 41% economically disadvantaged; 24% special education.
3rd - 5th Grade African Dance Residency (Winter 2017) 1st Grade (50 students, 5 class groups, 10-sessions) Teaching Artist: Carlita Ector & David Alston