Kenwood kindergartners participate in three residencies a year. The kindergarten team believes in the importance of big motor movement for our young students, so you will notice a large emphasis on dance!
In the fall, students throughout Kenwood participate in an American folk dance residency. For one week, students work with Bob Walser and Julie Young-Walser, former Kenwood parents, as they learn to execute various traditional folk dances. It culminates with an all-school Barn Dance at St. Mary’s Greek Orthodox Church. This year's residency will take place the last week of October or first week of November.
African Music and Dance
In January we begin our African drumming, singing, and dance residency. Brother Ghana M’Baye, is our teacher. In six weeks, he teaches the kindergartners a drumming rhythm, classroom song, and a classroom dance. In addition, all the kindergartners learn a grade level dance and song. It culminates in a rousing performance for our family and friends on NAAPID (National African American Parent Involvement Day).
In the Spring, we are lucky enough to have a week working with the dancers of Black Label Movement. Students learn to stretch, move, and create with their body. The dance teachers connect an academic skill with movement to help students make a mind body connection. At the end of the week, students perform for family and friends.
A special thanks to Lake of the Isles Lutheran Church for loaning us the use of their basement space for this residency.
All of our residencies are paid for via PTA grants. We are so grateful for the generosity of our Kenwood community and its support of the arts at all grade levels.
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