July 6, 2016 – From clogging, to tap, hundreds of Bakersfield City School District students got on their feet to learn some new dance moves.
“I have learned that we can make music with our hands and feet and it is very fun,” said student Joshua Esparza.
The dance session was provided as part of the BCSD Summer School Program in partnership with the organization POWERHOUSE, which presents 25-30 minute shows for performances at school assemblies or other educational programs. These include a history of dance that not only involves the presenters, but the students as well.
“They are learning about different dance moves and routines they can do. A lot of the students don’t have the opportunity to experience extracurricular activities and this is an exposure to something new for them,” said Briana Ramirez, English Learner Coach.
Students not only learned dance moves, but also some history on the traditional styles such as Irish Step, Flatfooting, and Buck Dancing. The lessons also taught students how these dances came together to become part of American dance styles known as Percussive Dance. The dancing was all part of the summer school curriculum in an effort to make learning fun for the students during the summer months.
“In summer we would like to keep the students engaged; we want to tell them that learning is fun,” said Leticia Ochoa, Summer School Principal at Mt. Vernon Elementary School.