Village Life

Yelping and hooting to the beat of their dancing feet this week, Mills Lawn students were helpless to resist the call to folkdance with workshop leaders Cristian Florescu and Sonia Dion, who visited the school on Friday and Monday, March 27 and 30. Professional folk dance teachers and performers from Montreal, Florescu and Dion used traditional choreography and cultural concepts of Romania, Quebec, Israel, Dominican Republic and Bolivia to foster the discovery of dance as a mode of self expression and to open the students to a global vision. Their residency was made possible by a grant from the Dayton Foundation, sponsored by Leslie Hyll and Edmund Cordray, of the Miami Valley Folk Dancers. Above, clockwise from top, Florescu led a warm up to a delighted bunch of second and third graders, just before Nathan Davis and Kennedy Young participated in a snaking line dance to the sound of a French Canadian Farandole.

Little folk dancing

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