Sunday, 24 September 2017

Youngsters learn to dance like warriors

PUPILS at Crazies Hill Primary School were taught traditional African dances.

PUPILS at Crazies Hill Primary School were taught traditional African dances.

Dance teacher Daniel Lubinga held sessions at the school, where he led youngsters in routines from different countries in the continent.

The dances included the story of a mother eagle teaching her offspring to fly and a traditional warrior dance from the Zulu tribe of South Africa. Mr Lubinga is originally from Uganda and moved to the UK 15 years ago.

He also brought in a djembe drum for the day and taught the children some African words to go with the dances.

Mr Lubinga said: “I took some stories and put them in to dance form. It’s about trying to display African culture and tradition in ways they can understand. Most of what I do is from the southern part of Africa but it’s for everyone.



“I think the children enjoyed it, they looked fantastic and we could make some warriors out of them!”

Headteacher Eileen Holmes added: ”The children loved listening to the music and learning the dances and demonstrated what they had learned in an assembly to parents at the end of the day.” 

The African dance day was part of the school’s activities week where pupils also learned scooter skills and held a special assembly to celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday.



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