Students Take the Spotlight at Edwards Elementary

Richard Edwards Elementary is a Dual Language Fine and Performing Arts IB School that Dancing with Class has had the pleasure of partnering with for many years.

It’s a right of passage for all 5th graders at Edwards to spend 10 weeks learning ballroom dance. In addition to sending a team of dancers to represent Edwards in our city-wide Dance-Off, the Edwards team goes a step further by putting on a beautiful in-school performance.

You can tell it’s a special day at Edwards because the parents decorate the auditorium with gold and white balloons, dancers come to school dressed to the nines, and families pack the venue, excited to see the performance.

At this year’s performance, the dancers strutted their stuff, showing off several different dance styles.  Their moves were energetic, their teamwork was on point, but one of the most impressive parts was that the 5th graders helped put on the production.   Several students spoke about the different dance styles and here is what they had to say…

Joana and Edgar:

“The dance we are about to perform is called the Merengue.  This is a dance that comes from Hispaniola which contains the two countries of Haiti and the Dominican Republic. We learned that in this country, they speak Spanish and Haitian Creole.  The most challenging part about learning this dance was the arms’ wrap.  Our favorite part was the starburst.  Some words we think best describe this dance are dramatic, hip-action and traditional.”

“La danza que vamos a presentar se llama el Merengue.  Esta danza se origino en Hispaniola que es formada por los países de Haiti y la Republica Dominicana.  Los idiomas de estos países son Espanol y Creole.  El paso mas difícil de esta danza fue la parte en que enredabamos nuestros brazos.  Algunas palabras que mejor describen esta danza son; dramatica,  accion de caderas y tradicional.”  

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Ruby and Jorge:

“The dance we are about to perform is called the Waltz.  This is a dance that comes from Vienna, Austria, a country in Europe.  The world waltz means ‘to glide’.  Our favorite words to describe this dance are elegant, majestic, and sophisticated.”

La danza que vamos a presentar se llama el Vals.  Esta danza se origino en la ciudad de Vienna en Austria en Europa.  El idioma de este país es Aleman.  El paso mas difícil de esta danza fue el “Paso Del Cuadro”.  El paso favorito de este baile es la Mariposa.  Algunas palabras mejor describen esta danza son elegantemajestuoso, y sofisticado.”

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Citlali and Angel:

“The dance we are about to perform is the Swing.  This is a dance that originated in the United States and was popular in 1950’s.  The dance is challenging because of the quick footwork, but our favorite part was the ‘boogie walk’.  The dance is fun, energetic and fast!”

La danza que vamos a presentar se llama el Swing.  Esta danza se origino en los Estados Unidos durante los anos de 1950.  Esta danza es una combinación de ritmos Africanos y la música de Jazz.  Los pasos mas difícil de esta danza fue el movimeiento rápido.  Algunas palabras que mejor describen esta danza son divertidoenergico y rapido.”

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Daniella and Diego:

The dance we are about to perform is called the Tango.  This is a dance that comes from Argentina.  We learned that in this country, they speak Spanish.  The most challenging part about learning this dance was keeping our knees bent and having drama in our corte pose.  Our favorite part was the rhythm of T-A- N-G- -O.  Some words we think best describe this dance are sharp, mysterious and powerful.”

 “La danza que vamos a presentar se llama el Tango.  Esta danza se origino en Argentina.  El idioma de Argentina es Espanol.  El paso mas difícil de esta danza fue mantener las rodillas un poco dobladas y demonstrar drama en el paso,  CORTE.  La parte favorita fue el ritmo del T-A-N-G-O.  Algunas palabras que mejor describen esta danza son afilado, misterioso y poderoso.”

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Juliana and Noe:

“The dance we are about to perform is the Salsa.  This is a dance that comes originally from a Cuban dance called Mambo. It has many Puerto Rican influences and is one of the most popular dances in the United States and in the world.  The most challenging park about learning the Salsa is the hip and body movement.  The words we think best describe this dance are popular, entertaining and exhausting.”

La danza que vamos a presentar se llama Salsa.  Esta danza se origino en Cuba de una danza llamada el Mambo.  Esta danza tiene gran influencia del país de Puerto Rico y es uno de los bailes mas populares en los Estados Unidos y el mundo.  El paso mas difícil de esta danza fue el movimiento de las caderas y el cuerpo.  Algunas palabras que mejor describen seat danza son popular, divertido y fatigoso.”

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Thank you to Edwards students and staff for putting on such a wonderful presentation!

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