Thursday, February 4, 2010

"Chinese New Year Celebration" Field Trip at the Roosevelt Island School K003 Class

Students in K003 G&T class in the Roosevelt Island School (P.S./I.S. 217) visited LaGuardia Performing Arts Center show "Nai-Ni Chen Chinese New Year Celebration" on Monday, February 1st.  Information from LGPAC website: "With dazzling costumes and fantastic props, the dancers combine the flowing lines, twirling ribbons, martial arts and acrobatic moves in this colorful celebration of the Chinese New Year of the Tiger. This is an extraordinary production that brings the young people to explore one of the most ancient cultures in the world and it includes both traditional and contemporary music and dance. The New York Times says that Nai-Ni Chen's singular style which weaves the discipline of Chinese Arts with the freedom of American modern dance, is "an impressive, remarkably smooth blend of new and old.""

Students loved the lion dance, dances with the ribbons, and, of course, the interactive aspect of the show when performers taught the audience some elements of the dances.  Children had fun folding their fingers to make "Orchid flower" and "Tiger hand".  More pictures in our unlisted photoblog.


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