Dancing Around the World

Manju Durairaj, Clinician

As culturally responsive music educators, it is imperative that we integrate culturally diverse music and dance in our classrooms. When world music is made accessible through well thought out steps and procedures, we create a learning environment for every child to make music joyfully.

Dances in this workshop include Dandiya Stick Dance (India), Tinikling (Philippines), Zemer Atik (Israel), Ribbon Dance (China), Tsakonikos Dance (Greece), North Skelten Sword Dance (England), Sasha (Germany/Russia), Hoe Ana (Cook Islands), Yesh Lanu Tayish (Israel), Fjäskern (Sweden), Carnavalito (Bolivia), Jefferson and Liberty (USA). Curricular objectives, extensions, assessments and more will be discussed.

Manju teaches at the Latin School of Chicago, and is an adjunct professor at VanderCook College Chicago. She is program chair and past president of GCAOSA. She was on the Diversity Commission of the American Orff Schulwerk Association and is on the Elementary General Music Council of IL Music Education Association. She is SMART certified trainer and exemplary educator and a Seesaw ambassador/trainer. She has presented at national and international music education conferences as well as at Orff and Kodály chapters. Her publications with Hal Leonard include InterAct with Music Assessment Levels 1 and 2, InterAct Levels 1&2 Student Activities for Devices and Print, Technology in Today’s Music Classroom and Dancing Around the World with Music Express Magazine.

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