All of Sol y Sombra’s Arts-in-Education programs present the students with several types of dances from both Spain & South and Latin America. Before and after each dance, there is narrative linking the dance’s appearance, style & techniques to the multi – cultural development of the Hispanic culture & Spanish language.
Using grade appropriate language, the student will learn how the Celts; the ancient Greek & Roman civilizations, the Arabs the African people; the Jews, the Gypsies from India, as well as the Native American Indians all contributed to the Hispanic world and Spanish language as we know it today. Students are also made aware of the fact that, although many countries speak Spanish, each is beautifully unique.
In addition to this narrative, there is a detailed explanation and interactive audience participation throughout the programs with the techniques of castanet playing, zapatedo (the footwork), braceo (hand movements); palmas (rhythmic hand clapping). Audience participation is also encouraged by teaching the students jaleos (the verbal encouragements used by Hispanic audiences such as the word OLE!) . A special section of the program is set aside for students to join the performers on stage and learn a short choreography using dances from the Latin American dance styles.
ARTS – IN – EDUCATION PROGRAMS 2017-2018
DANZA ESPANADANZA ESPANADANZA ESPANADANZA ESPANADANZA ESPANADANZA ESPANA Program of varied dances from the Spanish classical, folk, Flamenco & Latin America traditions.. This program, performed in colorful traditional costuming, combines the dances with simple lecture linking them to the multicultural development of the Spanish language and Hispanic culture. Program also features student participation in the demonstration of castanets, braceo (hand movements), palmas (rhythmic hand clapping), zapateado (footwork) & culminates with students coming onstage with the performers to learn a simple choreography for Salsa/Merengue.
This program is to taped music only
Time: 45 minutes or tailored to one class period.
FLAMENCO, OLE!FLAMENCO, OLE!FLAMENCO, OLE!FLAMENCO, OLE!FLAMENCO, OLE!FLAMENCO, OLE! This program acquaints the student with the exciting art of Flamenco music & dance. Program focuses on the many cultures that came together to produce the Hispanic culture and language as reflected in this art form (Roman, Greek, Celtic, Arabic, African, Jewish, Indian & American). It also seeks to acquaint the student with the idea and creation of duende or human feeling expression, the main impetus of Flamenco music & dance. Program includes live Flamenco guitarist, singer, & dancers, an explanation of the techniques of guitar and castanet playing, foot work and palmas (rhythmic hand clapping) as well as interactive audience participation throughout culminating with students performing a short choreography with performers at end of performance. This program can be tailored to all student levels from
Time: Approximately 45 minutes
The Latin Soul: Spanish Folk, Flamenco, Argentine Tango, Salsa & Mexican dances
Students learn about the fascinating diversity of cultures that share the Spanish language and culture through their unique music, song and dance. Program showcases Argentine Tangos, Mexico’s vibrant dances of Jalisco, the exciting gypsy Flamenco of Spain, and Latin Salsa and includes audience participation, explanation of techniques, authentic costuming and narration.
Time: 40 minutes to one hour
THE CASTANETS SING & THE FEET TALK
A program specifically designed for grades K through K-5. This program, performed in colorful traditional costuming, combines dances from Spain, and Latin & South America with simple lecture linking them to the multicultural development of the Spanish language and Hispanic culture. Program also features student participation in the demonstration of castanets, braceo (hand movements), palmas (rhythmic hand clapping), zapateado (footwork) & culminates with students coming onstage with the performers to learn a simple choreography for Salsa/Merengue.
Time: Approximately 45 minutes.
RESIDENCY I Flamenco or LATIN HISPANIC DANCE
Each day of residency, combines dance performance with lecture relating dances to various aspects of Hispanic/Spanish history and culture. This lecture-demonstration is followed by workshop in which the students experience playing the castanets, footwork, palmas (rhythmic handclapping accompanying Flamenco), and a short choreography to be performed at end of residency. Length of Residency and number of sessions per day can be tailored to meet needs.
WORKSHOPS IN Flamenco or LATIN DANCEs (
Flamenco Workshop provides students with a hands on opportunity to experience the techniques of the playing of castanets, footwork, palmas (rhythmic hand clapping) braceo, (arm and hand movements) & choreography. A short introduction to the techniques, links them to the various cultures that came together to produce the art form as well as the Spanish language & culture. A short choreography is learned during the workshop which can be used for performance either by students at a later time or in conjunction with a Sol y Sombra performance program on stage with performers.
Latin Dance Workshop– Students learn basic steps for Merengue, Bacchata, Cha Cha, Samba and Salsa as well as fun turn combinations! Workshop can focus on one dance style or a smattering of all.
Time: one class period
Limit: 30 students per workshop
In School Planning Sessions with Maria Loreta and Faculty
Two hour planning session with Maria Loreta, a teaching artist trained in the Lincoln Center Institute=s method of Aesthetic Education, prior performances to develop an integrated, contextual curriculum for students attending performance.
* Programs are flexible and can be tailored to meet specific needs and funding limitations
* Above program prices do not include expenses for over night accommodations which must be provided by the school. Time and location will determine if such accommodation are necessary.
After initial program, all subsequent programs on the SAME day are HALF PRICE.
* There may be a surcharge of $30.00 per performer if traveling time to and from performance site is over 2 hours.
* If travel time is more than two hours from Manhattan on subway, train & car, at least two programs must occur on the same day.
ALL Programs can be tailored to fit time and budgetary means.
Study guides are available upon request