White Hill Middle school launched into their 17th year of dancing with a fresh perspective, a cultural inquiry and a new groove. Working with Youth in Arts Mentor Artist Tom Mayock as choreographer and dance teacher, sixth graders performed a suite of dances illuminating the power, wisdom and freedom of ancient cultures with a distinct contemporary style.
Beginning with a contemplation entitled “Keys to the Temple”, (a series of still postures with archetypical meaning set to music), then flowing seamlessly into a dance calling itself “Power, Wisdom and Freedom” (the benefits of a life lesson), these kids rocked!
Next, the Maori Warriors of New Zealand lit of the stage with their chest slapping, and spear throwing, followed by the zen of the “Tai Chi Kung Fu with Fan”.
The final group of 6th graders nailed the grooves to “Jai Ho”, a Bollywood piece from the movie Slum Dog Millionaire.
With a great Thank You, Tom looks forward to instructing the 7/8th graders in the art of American Jazz, come late February 2012!