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Posted on Apr 13, 2015

Gillispie “Gem” of the Week – Flamenco Dancing

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Gillispie students were treated to a special event today during International Day Assembly – Flamenco dancers and musicians!

Flamenco is a form of Spanish folk music and dance from the region of Andalusia in southern Spain. The children learned the words cante (singing), toque (guitar playing), baile (dance), and jaleo, which refers to the vocalizations and rhythmic sound of hand clapping and finger snapping that encourages the performers.

The students learned to use the word “Olé!” so show support of the musicians and dancers. The trio demonstrated solo dancing, paired dancing, and selected two students to demonstrate the basics.

“Olé!” and enthusiastic hand clapping was heard throughout the two programs!

This assembly kicks-off International Day which will be held on the Gillispie campus next Friday, April 17. This fun-filled, all-day event exposes the prekindergarten – Grade 6 students to a wide variety of cultures and customs from different countries across the world. That day, children may opt to wear their school uniforms or dress in international apparel.

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