Multicultural Awareness Through Folk Dancing
The students will experience the culture of several countries through the art of folk dancing, and will see how the peoples of the world are alike and different as they express themselves in dance. Information will be shared with each dance to foster understanding of a specific country. Countries may include Germany, Mexico, China, Africa, Israel and the culture of the Plains Indians.
Appropriate for ages: Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8
Joyce Gedraitis holds a MEd degree from Wichita State University. She has danced with folk dance groups all over the United States and in London, England. During the summer of 2009, Joyce went to Israel where she attended a 10-day summer course in Israeli folk dancing.
Joyce also performs in the duo “World Culture Party.”
We thoroughly enjoyed this beautiful lady. She was able to motivate the students to try something new and teach respect amongst each other. She also chose age-appropriate dances for each grade level group. We thought she was amazing and fun!
T. Belcher, Latchkey Co-Director, Linwood Elementary, Wichita
The students LOVED this workshop and so did I. I have always been interested in the brain research done with crossing the midline. I am so happy that Joyce gave instruction on the dances as well as a CD of the music. I am using this as morning work each day for the students! I would highly recommend this workshop!
M. Kambui, Kindergarten, Buckner Performing Arts Magnet, wichita
It was great. Kept us dancing!
C. Jenney, 7th grade, Robinson Middle School, Wichita