Celebrating Diversity Through Cultural Dance at Warwick Valley Middle School

Warwick Valley Middle School marks World Language Week with traditional cultural assembly tradition at Warwick Valley Central Schools

On March 6, 2024, the Warwick Valley Middle School PTA organized a remarkable assembly to celebrate World Language Week. This week, which takes place every year in the first week of March, provides students at WVMS with opportunities to explore various activities that showcase countries from around the world and their unique cultural contributions. The focus of this year’s assembly was on cultural dance, a favorite among students and staff alike.

The event began with a performance by Daniel Villegas, a poet, percussionist, bilingual rapper, and hip-hop artist. Mr. Villegas shared his own cultural influences and demonstrated Latin rhythms using his djembe. His spoken word performance captivated the audience, and he even invited student volunteers to join him in learning some dances. Following Mr. Villegas’s performance, the Warwick Center for Performing Arts sent a group of their dance students to showcase some solo pieces and provide insights into a typical dance class at the school.

The assembly concluded with an outstanding performance by dancers from Fei Tian College in Middletown. These performers have been part of the WVMS World Language Week assembly in previous years and presented traditional Chinese pieces in groups of varying sizes. Students were enthralled by the elaborate costumes and how they added to the storytelling of the dances. The event was a culturally rich experience that WVMS students look forward to every year.

A big thank you goes out to the WVMS PTA for organizing such an exceptional event that brings joy and cultural appreciation to the school community. The gallery from the event captures the vibrancy and diversity of the performances that took place during the assembly.

The celebration of World Language Week at Warwick Valley Middle School is an excellent opportunity for students to explore different cultures from around the world through various activities that highlight their unique contributions.

This year’s focus was on cultural dance, which is a favorite among both students and staff alike.

Daniel Villegas kicked off the assembly with his poetic, percussive performance featuring Latin rhythms using his djembe.

His spoken word presentation captivated audiences as he invited student volunteers to join him in learning some dances.

Following Mr. Villegas’s performance, Warwick Center for Performing Arts sent its dance students to showcase some solo pieces while providing insights into what it’s like to take a dance class at their school.

The conclusion of this year’s assembly was outstanding as performers from Fei Tian College presented traditional Chinese pieces in groups of varying sizes.

Students were amazed by elaborate costumes that added depth to storytelling through their performances.

Overall, this culturally rich experience is one that WVMS students look forward to every year thanks to hard work put in by PTA members who organize such events.

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