Students Explore Culture Through Dance

The seven students in Lisa Yacomelli’s performing arts dance elective speak four different native languages – their small group representing a microcosm of The Hun School’s larger community. It is no surprise then, that the internationally diverse class enjoys a rich exchange of traditions and culture. Through independent research and personal experience, the dance students recently self-choreographed original compositions. They performed their original dances during the fall recital on Thursday, November 13th, sharing their art and culture with the broader community.
The seven students in Lisa Yacomelli’s performing arts dance elective speak four different native languages – their small group representing a microcosm of The Hun School’s larger community. It is no surprise then, that the internationally diverse class enjoys a rich exchange of traditions and culture. Through independent research and personal experience, the dance students recently self-choreographed original compositions. They performed their original dances during the fall recital on Thursday, November 13th, sharing their art and culture with the broader community.

“Students were asked to explore a style of dance that held personal significance, and to research its historical and cultural relevance,” said Ms. Yacomelli. “Because the class is comprised of students from various world cultures, it made sense that they would investigate the artistry of dance for which they were familiar. What was a happy consequence of giving students that independence were the multi-cultural results of this project and the sharing of cultural and traditional customs through dance.”

“It was really interesting being part of a class where we were exposed to different types of dance and music, simply because we come from different countries,” said Cayley MacRae ’15. “What I really enjoyed was watching my classmates create a dance and knowing that each piece was made all the more authentic, because of our nationalities.”
Ms. Yacomelli explained, “By choreographing and performing an original dance, students demonstrated their ability to communicate in a visual language. This project mixed creativity with courage, as much as it blended appreciation with innovation.

“Dance is joyful. It has the ability to suspend the fear of being judged, because at its very best, dance transcends language to a basic momentary feeling. Our students embraced this project and gave each of their dances a unique voice filled with excitement.”
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    • Hun School student Ilda Lorenzo ’15 choreographed and performed a traditional Panamanian dance with classmate Jorelle Montes ’15, as part of her research project in Lisa Yacomelli’s performing arts dance elective.

The Hun School of Princeton is an independent, coeducational, private day and boarding college preparatory school.  Student-centered, hands-on learning prepares students for the global community in which they will live and work.

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