During these cold winter months the world danced. In Vancouver, Canada, musicians and dancers celebrated their national pride and solidarity with the world during the opening ceremonies of the Winter Olympics. Half way around the world in Beijing, China, young and old alike danced in the streets as they welcomed the new year of the Tiger. And in Hobbs, New Mexico, the Edison Elementary gym was a buzz with students and teachers learning new routines to perform in front of their community.
Dance is a discipline that takes time and focus to learn. While most people observe from the sidelines, it is the dancer that has the most to gain by the experience.
Historically, dance is an expression of freedom. The swing movement became a protest to the ominous Nazi regime in Germany in the 1930’s. Even today there is a modern dance form that has driven dissent toward the corrupt government in Nigeria. It is this expression where everyone can participate yet no one is coerced that has brought societies out of chaos and war and into civility and peace.
We have chosen this important art form to spotlight the months of February and March at Hobbs Municipal Schools. We thank the leadership of Edison Elementary in hosting the National Dance Institute of New Mexico and having the foresight to reach out to their auditory, visual and kinesthetic learners during this test preparation time. We salute their fourth and sixth grade students and teachers for their hard work during their residency week with our friends from the National Dance Institute of New Mexico.
View Pictures of the Buffalo, Butterfly and Rain Dances
Members of the Red Turtle Dance Group performed a rain dance for Mills Elementary students. The Pueblo Native American dance troupe from Pojoaque provided a glimpse of a culture that has been passed down for generations for Mills and Sanger students on Friday. As it turns out the following Monday it rained.
The Elementary Fine Arts Program had it's final dance event on St. Patrick's Day. Maciolek School of Dance Irish tap dancers -- most of them HMS students themselves -- performed for third and fifth-graders from all over Hobbs at Tydings Auditorium on St. Patrick's Day.
We hope you enjoyed all of our events planned in the art of dance. We thank you for sharing the experience of dance that connects our students to the global community.
Elementary Fine Arts Coordinator
Hobbs Municipal Schools