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Dance

Thanks to support from Hearst's Foundation, all fifth graders participate in EduDance. Students in grades TK, K and 1 partipate in dance through the Hearst Foundation-sponsored World Music program, whcich also includes song and percussion.

More about Edudance, from http://www.edudance.net/:

Our mission is to provide an atmosphere of learning through the art of expressive dance. The lessons to be taught through this medium include self esteem, confidence, poise, etiquette, respect, courtesy, teamwork, social awareness and diversity.

Dance is a form of communication. Children learn to express themselves through movement; therefore, communicating with one another through the artistic language of dance.

In addition to the above mentioned skills promoted in the EduDance program, the children participating will also learn about the history of the dances as they are introduced. Each dance is its own form of art, and we will be explaining the different dances in detail. We will also be introducing the music behind each dance, the different eras in which they were conceived, and how these dances were danced and are still danced today by different cultures around the world.

In the one hour that we will spend with the students, we will be covering the California State standards for music, dance, and Physical Education.

More about World Music, from http://centerforworldmusic.org:

The Center for World Music is a nonprofit organization whose primary purpose is to foster intercultural awareness and understanding through in-depth encounters with the world's performing arts traditions. To that end, we sponsor educational outreach, performances, and cultural programs abroad.

Our Vision: Our vision is a world that celebrates cross-cultural understanding, respect, communication, and healing through the performing arts traditions of cultures East and West.

What We Do: Our programs in San Diego and beyond serve as a model for promoting intercultural communication, awareness, and understanding.

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