Chinese New Year celebrations are around the corner!
Students in grade three spent this week explored more about different cultural dances, finding similarities and differences between these and dances from genre that transcend culture (such as the line dance). They are also using dance moves from the line dance genre to create their own routines.
Grade one explored free and bound movements (to use Laban terminology), and looked at how many different ways they could show any action. For example children explored “jump” by seeing how many different ways they could show that word.
Prep students are getting closer to their Spotlight and are rehearsing several songs and dances. Ms Salvador is being assisted by me and the students as she starts to piece together the different parts of each Spotlight.
Children working on pieces for Chinese New Year are showing a growing confidence in demonstrating their moves and can be very proud of their commitment.
Coming up after Chinese New Year: Ms Benusa and I are working together on PA lessons for Grade One. Ms Butler and I are working similarly towards our shared time with Grades 4 and 5. Finally, a shameless plug for Seussical! Rehearsals have been outstanding and the children are putting in a lot of hours practicing song lines and dance steps. I hope all of you plan on getting tickets when they go on sale! Stay tuned!
EDIT: Since writing the above, the EDB took the precaution of closing the schools. It shows how much is packed into the school week that there was still so much to write about 🙂 I encourage students to check out the photos and clips – and they are welcome to play with dance and music over the next few days. For Grade Three students, we have looked at the following dances on Youtube that they may wish to look at further:
Jasmine Dance from China, Peach Blossom Dance from China, Haka from New Zealand, Saman (1000 hands) Dance from Indonesia, Folk Dance from Peru, African dances from Kenya and South Africa, Line dances from the US. Grade One students have looked at Laban movements and there are examples of this on Youtube as well.
Please ensure that you are present if your child visits Youtube as it is not well regulated for content.
Gong Xi Fa Chai! Gong He Fat Choy! Happy New Year!