Outstanding performers teach traditional Appalachian, African-American, and Native American dances and “play party games,” involving patterns of singing, dancing, poetry, mimicry, and play-acting. Each program features step-by-step instructions as well as a complete student performance of the game or dance. An interview with the performer gives the historical and cultural contexts of the dance.
Grade Levels: K-8
Resource Types: 4 Videos
Goin' to Boston
Taught by Appalachian storyteller Anndrena Belcher. Discussion topics: changing attitudes toward dance, immigration from the British Isles to North America.
Little Johnny Brown
Taught by African-American musician and storyteller Paula Larke. Discussion topics: types of games, oral tradition, African settlement in America, slave life.
Taught by Anndrena Belcher. Discussion topics: Britain’s Bonnie Prince Charlie, genealogy, family traditions, heroes.
Zuni Harvest Dances
Taught by Zuni storyteller Arden Kucate. Discussion topics: history of the Southwestern American Indians, daily life of the Pueblo peoples, similarities and differences among cultures.
Kentucky Academic Expectations
This program relates to the following Kentucky Academic Expectations.
2.23 Art Form
2.25 Cultural Heritage
2.26 Cultural Diversity in Arts