2012-05-17 / Entertainment

Artist Residency And Dance Performance Showcase At SFHS

Southern Fulton High School is currently hosting dancers/performers Nancy Walker (artist in residence) and Jef Savage (guest artist) for an historical dance program.

The 10-day residency began on May 3 and will finish on May 21 with a dance showcase in the school auditorium at 2 p.m. Walker and Savage are teaching 10th grade English literature students dance and related arts of Renaissance, Colonial, Civil War, ragtime era, the Roaring 20s and the 1950s- 70s. In addition, they provide workshops to other grades covering subjects requested by the teachers.

The program gives students a complete immersion into the history, life and cultures of these eras using historical social dances as a basis to enhance their studies curriculum. The importance of dance and its social context, etiquette, the origins of the dances and how the dances are reconstructed from period dance manuals will all be covered. Related topics such as period fashions, music and etiquette will also be covered.

This project is supported by Southern Fulton High School, stARTSomething, a regional program of the Cultural Alliance of York County and Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts (PPA), the regional arts funding partnership of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency. State government funding comes through an annual appropriation by Pennsylvania’s General Assembly and from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. PPA is administered in this region by Cultural Alliance of York.

The project will finish with a free dance performance showcase in the school auditorium, open to family and friends of the participating students and to the general public.

For more information contact Southern Fulton High School at 814-242-4767.

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