Week 8: Move & Groove!
August 16th – August 22nd
K-2: West African Dance with West African Cultural Arts Institute
Alseny Yansane and Andrea DiPalma Yansane will get students moving in this high-energy curriculum, which introduces students to Guinean music, polyrhythm, and dance. Each lesson will introduce new steps, engaging students through traditional movements while teaching them about the history and culture of West Africa. Supplies: Open space for movement, movement clothes, water
Students will learn to make music with everyday objects like bowls, recycled cans, wooden spoons, and aluminum foil. They will learn to create a visual score, which depicts the movement of a musical abstract soundscape. This lesson is all about open exploration, unique expression, and experimentation with sound. Supplies: paper, pencil, coloring supplies (markers, colored pencils, crayons, etc.), silverware (plasticware is fine), water bottle, coins, dried beans or rice
Students will learn about the origins of jazz dance, explore the style’s movement elements, and practice short choreographed dances. Jazz dance is high energy, accessible, and deeply rooted in American history. This lesson touches on dance and its history as students learn how African American and immigrant communities have contributed to this popular dance style. Supplies: open space for movement, movement clothes, water