Category Archives: dance

Ninja

Whenever I give students a break during class or sometimes even before class begins, a group of kids, mostly boys, play a game they call Ninja. They stand in a circle or a loose circular clump and strike a stationary … Continue reading

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Let’s do the Time Warp Again

Every year at Halloween, our middle school has a costume parade and contest and the morning is culminated by each grade level doing an all-grade dance off. This year the 8th graders had the song, “Let’s do the Time Warp … Continue reading

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Dancing the Hora on Martisor

I have a student who is Romanian. I told her that my mother is Romanian, so we have playfully exchanged a bit of simpatico through the year over our shared nationalities. A couple of days ago, she brought me this note with amulet … Continue reading

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Lilies in Lilliput

“Our Lily” and “Arum Lily” are the perfect visual gateway into April. The images above appeared in Lilliput Pocket Omnibus 1937/38 which was a humorous publication produced by Stefan Lorant, a photojournalist, author, and filmmaker. The magazine was known for … Continue reading

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Estrella Morente

Last night we attended a concert of Estrella Morente at Symphony Center in Chicago. Morente is the daughter of the famous Enrique Morente (1942-2010), flamenco singer, and dancer Aurora Carbonell. Her father became her mentor with whom she has sung … Continue reading

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Dubstep 451

We have just finished reading Part I of Fahrenheit 451 and got into a discussion about whether this futuristic society wasn’t a bit like our own. I asked the students for examples. There were the expected sort of answers–video games … Continue reading

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Momentum by Boris Seewald

The german filmmaker, Boris Seewald, describes Momentum as “a short documentary-styled expression of an individual’s personal story, starting from a moment of self discovery inspired by a tortilla chip. It builds up as he shares how not caring what others … Continue reading

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