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CCISD 2012-2013 Press Release

Stewart Elementary Celebrates Latin Heritage with Ballet Folklórico

The entire school filled the auditorium at Stewart Elementary to enjoy an event that has been a campus tradition for more than a decade. Each year, students in grades pre-kindergarten through fifth celebrate Latin heritage with Ballet Folklórico.

Students from each grade level apply for the privilege to participate, then are chosen randomly to perform a traditional dance from a Latin country representing the heritage of Stewart students and teachers. The young entertainers wear native costumes that have been created and collected by parents and staff members over the years. This year, Mexico, Cuba and Argentina were featured. Two teachers from each grade level selected songs and dances from their home countries and the home countries of their students and worked with students throughout the month of May to perfect the performance.

Nearly 250 students dazzled their audiences during an afternoon show for their teachers and fellow students and an evening display for parents and community members. Stewart Elementary Principal Dr. Britani Moses sees the benefits of participating in the event. “Students have the opportunity to learn about the music and dance of other countries,” Moses said. “Because they memorize the words of the songs, they are exposed to vocabulary and a language other than their own.”

The effects also reach the students that make up the audience. They too gain an appreciation for music and dance, as well as knowledge about other countries and cultures. Seeing the confidence and stage presence of their classmates also serves as encouragement for young viewers, many of whom elect to participate in the event the following year.  

Moses believes that the influences from events like Ballet Folklórico reach far outside school walls. “When our students know more about other heritages and cultures, we see kindness, caring, compassion and a willingness to reach beyond themselves to make a difference in our world.”

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