Originating in 17th-century Europe, paper quilling is the art of rolling, shaping, and gluing thin strips of paper together to make complex designs. Students will learn how to curl paper to create different shapes, and explore what makes good design and how to choose which colors and shapes to use to create dynamic three-dimensional pictures, […]
Many Native Americans refer to North America as Turtle Island. Storyteller Rob Aptaker shares traditional Native tales, including Earth on Turtle’s Back (Iroquois), The Coming of Stories (Lenape), and more. Voices, gestures, animal sounds, and audience participation help bring the characters to life, along with authentic Native American songs accompanied by drum and rattle. Historic […]
Come along on a journey to explore some of the ways West African Diaspora cultural practices are used to affirm community, communicate values, enhance cultural sensitivity, and inspire meaningful dialogue. Program options include storytelling, dance, drum, and song from Mali, Guinea, Senegal, The Ivory Coast, Ghana, Brazil, Haiti, and the United States.
This workshop allows students to work in an interactive setting to establish a foundation for the evolution of Indian dance. Students will be able to differentiate between traditional dance forms, learn folk dances from different regions of India, and explore how Bollywood dance evolved into a global phenomenon. For residencies, the workshops will build choreography […]
Students discover the art of drumming! Participants have a blast playing everyday objects like buckets and garbage cans while they develop essential aural musical skills and learn how to read basic musical notation. Along their journey students experience music from different world cultures, participate in ensemble playing, and have the opportunity to perform in an […]
This ground-breaking assembly focuses on student involvement in the American Civil Rights movement through dance, audience participation, and a variety of interactive activities. They tackle racism, segregation, and the struggle for freedom in a safe, family friendly atmosphere of Hip Hop. Students hear the words of Dr. King, learn how nonviolent direct action helped end […]
The teaching power of partner dance comes to life in this character-building workshop. Students grow self-esteem and social awareness and discover and celebrate the rich cultural heritage of Latin America through an in-depth exploration of social dances such as Salsa, Merengue, Cha-cha, and Bachata. Ballroom social graces, teamwork, and collaboration are reinforced each step of […]
Heartbeat of the Americas explores the indigenous music of the Western Hemisphere. Discover how Native North American sounds synthesized with the music of Central and South America, the Caribbean, and Africa in the New World. Songs and instruments, legend and history are cast in the interplay of cultures as Mary plays cedar flute, frame and steel drums, […]
Blues preservationist and one-man-band Curtis Blues brings the acoustic music of the Mississippi Delta straight into your school! Playing drums, harmonica, vintage guitars (including a one-stringed diddley bow), cymbals, and home-made instruments, this blues Artist of the Year demonstrates the history of this classic American music and the connections it has to music students listen […]
In Kwanzaa Tales, storyteller TAHIRA will introduce students to the history and seven principles of Kwanzaa through story, song and poetry.