Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Celebration of Dance

As a child, one of my favorite activities in gym class was square dancing. Square dancing had great appeal to my not very graceful, lacking-in-rhythm younger self. The steps and figures made a lot of sense to me and thanks to the caller, I always knew what the next move was supposed to be. Also, growing up in a family where going to see musical theater productions or watching classical musicals on TV on Sunday afternoons was a standard, square dancing made me feel like I was a part of old time America, the time when neighbors got together for barn raisings and dances as in Oklahoma! or Seven Brides for Seven Brothers.

What I didn't realize at the time was that I was participating in a folk dance. By definition, a folk dance is a form of dance developed by a certain group of people of a certain country or region. In the next month, the Youth Services department is celebrating the folk dances of two different cultures. This Sunday, September 27, we are hosting a performance by Ballet Folklorico Nacional Milwaukee. Featuring vibrant costumes, a live Mariachi band and artful trick roping, Ballet Folklorico Nacional Milwaukee demonstrates enriching perspectives of Mexican culture. Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with this free performance. Registration is not required.

And coming on October 25, WICI, Polish folk dancing and music. Watch this space for more details!

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