"I can't wait to tell my two just-graduated-from-college sons that I was learning to hip-hop dance today! Not only is this out of character for someone of my generation, but also because of my musical inclinations -- I am a serious Classical musician…"
"There is so much great music from this era. And I hadn't really thought much before about the "white covers" and the attempts to make "black" music more palatable to middle class white Americans. It seems that there are always these attempts to make…"
"Once again I can totally see how dancing and listening to the music can enhance and perhaps even drive teaching about an historical era. It was very interesting to be made aware about the fact that black dancers often started a trend only to later…"
"How inspiring to see how dance and song can be meshed with history! I really like the idea of infusing traditional classroom instruction with dances and songs of the times. Especially I like that the songs tell stories. I could see creating some…"
"Reflection #3: Wow! This was way fun! I was so busy trying to mimic our dance leader that I didn't have time to worry about how awkward I must have looked. Makes me think that dancing with a group is a wonderful way to bond with others. The power of…"
"For many years I've worn two hats -- one as an Anchorage Symphony musician, and the other as a middle school teacher at Mirror Lake Middle School. I've taught mostly language arts but will be teaching both language arts and social studies next year.…"
"Dancing the quadrille is fun! I can only imagine it was as fun in Colonial times, too. In this regard I think this kind of dance transcends the time, because it's about music, beat, and having fun with others, especially members of the opposite sex.…"
"Reflection #1 (post-waltz):
I love the idea of getting the kids moving at school. I hate sitting down all day and I know it’s unnatural for the kids, too. I also think beat is something that’s integral, although it has to be taught and learned…"