Prior to Spring Break 2020, the APV’s Dance Program was looking forward to students presenting a variety of cultural dances in the annual Multi-cultural Night. Due to the novel COVID-19 pandemic this event was postponed. Ms. Macias, APV’s Dance Teacher/Director, created geographic background lessons to engage students in a deeper understanding of each grade level’s country specialization. She worked with over 15 weekly classes and 9 grade levels, guiding students in learning about various cultural differences, spiritual understandings, typical attire, climate, and societal/lifestyle uniqueness of the represented nation from that of the United States. These lessons were vital to the students’ understanding of traditional movement patterns and dance steps of a country or region. By connecting this new knowledge to basic dance activities, Ms. Macias was better able to provide students with simple choreographic variations of typical dances from around the world.
While residing in Hawai’i, Ms. Macias began her Masters studies in Dance Ethnology at the University of Hawai’i, Mano’a. She studied ancient hula, Hawaiian culture, Polynesian movement forms, Javanese dance, and in-depth dance notation
(Labanotation). Ms. Macias believes this opportunity developed a pathway for instructing students at APV with exceptionally developed lessons as well as higher level understanding in the world around us. We look forward to seeing and enjoying the dance performances in the not-so-far-off future! - Ms. Macias-Dance Teacher
Ms. Macias-Dance Teacher