Tuesday 21 October 2014

Black History & Culture: Dance Workshop

Last week pupils experienced an African Dance workshop as part of the learning based around Black History & Culture.

With the help of our dance expert, the pupils learnt that African dance refers mainly to the dance of Sub-Saharan Africa.
Dances are often used to celebrate festivals and funerals, competing, recite history, proverbs and poetry and to encounter gods.

One clear lesson that we all learnt - Mr Drakes included - was that African dances are largely participatory, with spectators being part of the performance. With the exception of some spiritual, religious or initiation dances, there are normally no barriers between dancers and onlookers. If you are in the hall as the workshop is going on, you will be taking part! See if you can spot Mrs Taylor and Mrs Clements joining in with the moves.

In addition to these workshops the children have been learning about other aspects of Black History & Culture:
  • story recitals
  • steel pan workshops
  • significant figures
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