What an amazing Dance Week it was last week! We were fortunate enough, through the Artist in Residence program, to have Ezra Bush from Dance Curriculum visit Yarra Road PS to run a series of 4 dance sessions for every student in the school.
Ezra is an extremely talented dancer and educator who not only teaches some very funky dance movements, but is passionate about instilling a love of learning in all students. He had amazing command of a gym full of students who were so engaged, and smiled and laughed through the sessions. It was wonderful to witness the students’ focus and determination to keep to the beat and dance in unison with their peers. Dancing can sometimes be quite intimidating for some, but we were thrilled to see everyone cast aside any insecurities and really give it their best go.
After three full sessions, we had a final rehearsal with each group before our big performances on Friday afternoon in front of the parents. Those who were able to come along were treated to rehearsed performances as well as improvised movements via a game called ‘Copycat’, whereby selected students were asked to lead the whole group in a series of impromptu upper body movements. How brave they were to be seated in front of 75-100 other children and lead the dancing!
A highlight of the afternoon was when the parents were invited to participate in a dance alongside the students, grooving to some ‘Kiki’ and a rather crazy ‘Ice-cream and cake and cake’ dance! I had the absolute pleasure of being able to look around the room and see the beaming smiles of students and parents as they enjoyed dancing together.
A huge thankyou to Ezra and Dance Curriculum to coming out to school to share his love of dance. We have received such positive feedback from the students and parents and are so grateful that we were able to have this program at our school.
Performing Arts Specialist Teacher