First Graders show off folk dancing skills

By Crystel Ellison
Special to the Chickasaw Journal
HOUSTON – First graders at Houston Lower Elementary School recently entertained their fellow peers through folk dancing.
Students in four first grade homerooms learned folk dances from Switzerland, United States, Russia, Scotland and Ireland during music class and then performed these dances at HLES’ monthly assembly.
“We gave the students a brief explanation of the dance and showed them on a map where the country was located,” said Margaret Futral, HLES music teacher.
Futral explained that the purpose of learning the folk dances was to learn to socialize and get along with each other. The other educational purpose was to learn about geography and different cultural customs.
Folk dancing also builds a community spirit and allows young students to move.
“It is fun and really good exercise. Most important, anyone can folk dance. The students enjoyed learning the steps. They love the music and just being together in a group activity,” said Futral.
The special classes at HLES put on a special presentation each month. For more information, please contact the school at 662-456-3323.

Lisa Voyles