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A Taste of Africa & Gullah with Ms. Nina

Dance & Music

A Taste of Africa & Gullah with Ms. Nina

In-Person

Ms Nina is a Gullah Geechie native born in Charleston, SC who specializes in performing arts of West African Dance, songs, Gullah storytelling, African drumming, impactful monologues, fashion, song writing, hip-hop & African & Gullah history & culture. She is a fashion business & management graduate of the Art institute of Charleston who loves to share her art forms w/kids of the lowcountry & surrounding areas.

Solar Dance w/Ms Nina: Students will learn about our solar system and all of its entities such as: our planets, our different moons, our Sun, asteroids, meteoroids & comets w/Ms Nina's "Did You Know Fun Facts" exercise demonstrated & taught w/ cohesive modern & classic hip-hop dance moves & rhythm. Students will also learn a song listing our planets in order closest to the Sun. Our little scholars will then partner into groups of at least 3 and team build and create their own dance routine using some of the moves they learned w/our "Did you know Fun Facts" exercise and some that they create themselves. Lastly, after presenting their cool new moves we will put all of their routines together and create a complete dance reflecting our solar system and all of it's great entities- Solar Dance w/Ms Nina

Dancing in dynasties & empires w/Ms Nina: Students will learn about different dynasties and empires (which ones in particular are determine by grade level & curriculum standards) for example: Middle School: students will learn about the empires and dynasties of West Africa such as the Ghana, Mali & Songhai empires w/Ms Nina's "Did You Know Fun Facts" exercise demonstrated and taught w/ traditional and modern African, jazz, contemporary & hip-hop dance moves. Students will also learn 2 traditional West African chants that date back to the early 400 BC. Students will then be paired into groups and will be able to partner up, communicate with each other, team build and create a dance routine that reflects what they learned about the 3 dynasties of West Africa. Next, students will present their cool new dance routines. Finally, students will learn a fun upbeat afrobeat dance routine collectively as a class reflecting the 3 dynasties of West Africa: the Ghana, Mali, and Songhai empires.

A taste of Gullah w/Ms Nina: Students will learn different aspects of the Gullah culture of Charleston, SC such as: it's history, customs, traditions, cuisines, fashion, language & a few influential leaders w/ Ms Nina's "Did You Know Fun Facts" excercise demonstrated and taught w/jazz, contemporary, African and lyrical dance moves. Students will also learn 2 Old spiritual songs that reflects the struggles of Africans brought to America during the early 1600s until the mid 1800s, communication to freedom from the plantations and the rise & perseverance of Gullah culture. Next, students will learn a traditional West African dance that reflects customs and traditions of Gullah Geechee people. Then students will be paired into groups of at least 3 to create their own dance routine representing Gullah traditions. After presenting what they created, students will then collaborate the traditional African dance they learned with their cool moves they created A Taste of Gullah production!