World of Dance Artist residency shows Students how to travel the Globe one (dance) step and twirl at a time.

Third graders from Collins Elementary School, Livingston, performed dances from around the world as a finale to an artist residency with Morris Arts. After working with educator Joanna Pang Atkins, the students showcased dances from Kenya, Italy, Australia, and the Dominican Republic. History, geography, social studies, music and math were all incorporated into the dance, along with the art of performing on stage. "The learning ranged from cultural appreciation to working as a team to developing confidence in public performance. This is learning that sticks," said Principal John Leister. The students introduced each dance segment with a description of the country of origin and history of the dance. In just a week’s time, the students learned the dance steps and cultures for their twirl around the world.

Introduction to the Italian folk dance.
Introduction Australian Aboriginal Dance.
Introduction Lion Dance of Kenya.
Dominican Republic’s Merengue.
Collins Elementary School, Livingston, NJ

The artist residency was made possible by funding from the Collin’s PTA. "I am so grateful to our teachers, students, families, PTO, and Mrs. Atkins for this meaningful dance residency," Principal Leister said. "I am especially grateful to Collins parent, Mrs. Sherri Marrache, for bringing this residency to our attention. I hope that this can become a new Collins tradition."

Livingston Public Schools, Livingston, New Jersey


Marilyn Joyce Lehren, Livingston Public Schools

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