Julian Curtiss Elementary School PTA hosted an energetic and fun assembly for students led by Peter and Mary Alice Amidon on Tuesday. The Amidon’s are dance leaders, musicians, singers, storytellers and educators who teach respect through dance.
“Dance is the perfect vehicle for teaching all areas of the music core curriculum,” said Lynn Arndt-Arezzini, music teacher at Julian Curtiss. “Children learn about keeping the beat with every dance step. The form of music is beautifully illustrated by the alteration of dance steps which fit the sections of the music. When the children dance they are performing and feel proud of their finished product. The children were so engaged by the kid-friendly music presented by the Amidons that they were inspired to create their own dances in my classroom.”
The Physical Education and Music staff collaborated to have the Amidon workshop for all 2nd and 4th grade classes and an all-school assembly.
“The enthusiasm and energy were contagious that day. I was amazed at how the Amidons were able to capture the attention of every age group, kindergarten students and adults alike,” remarked Principal Trish McGuire.
Julian Curtiss School prides itself on its international and diverse character. The school represents 60 Nations and 30 Languages.