Today I attended the 41st Annual Children’s Folk Dance Festival, sponsored by the Indiana Music Educators Association.
Children from 18 elementary schools learned folk dances from all over the world and performed them in unison at the North Central High School gymnasium.
About 400 children came to dance, each wearing a colorful t-shirt designed back at school to wear on this day.
At 2:00 on a Saturday afternoon, the high school gym became a ballroom. The students showed off the skills they had practiced all year. They turned, twirled and stomped their way through twelve folk dances.
Parents applauded and cameras clicked. Students stepped lively to beautiful music from Poland, Italy, Russia, Israel, South Africa, Bolivia, Mexico, China, the United States, and Scotland.
What a great opportunity – to learn about a culture by understanding its way of dancing!
Bravo to Michael McBride, festival coordinator, and Marie Lawlor, dance coordinator. It was a wonderful day!