Ross House Students Learn the Art of South African Gumboot Dancing
This week, Isaac Eshikaty (Technical Solutions Analyst at LCS) visited our Ross House students to share the art of South African gumboot dancing.
Isaac's interactive workshop began with a brief history of the dance form and its significance in African culture. The students were fascinated to learn that gumboot dancing was used by miners under slavery to communicate with each other while working in the mines, as they were not allowed to speak to each other. Over time, this art form evolved into a celebratory and jovial dance. Our students also learned about the different rhythms and movements that make up the dance.
Isaac led the students in a series of exercises and movements that helped them understand the different rhythms and steps. Ross House students stomped, clapped, and moved to the beat, creating a powerful and energizing rhythm. They also learned how to use their bodies to communicate emotions and tell stories through dance.
This workshop was a reminder of the power of art and culture to bring people together. Thank you, Isaac, for sharing this art form with our students!
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