Source: Slate Magazine Slate.com
Sacred Heart Middle School eighth grader Cate Perakslis spreads her wings while she and her classmates performed with Dallas Chief Eagle II during an assembly at Sacred Heart School’s Link Auditorium in Yankton Friday. Chief Eagle, who is a recognized master of the Lakota Hoop Dance, worked with Sacred Heart students throughout the week as part of an artist-in-residence program made possible through a grant from the South Dakota Arts Council. Friday’s public assembly showcased dancing skills as well as explanations of the importance of the hoop dance in Native American culture. To see more photos from this event, visit Yankton Daily Press / Kelly Hertz/P&D
by Shea Brock
Recently I had the pleasure of having some of my hoopers stop me after class to comment me on how “fluid” or “graceful” my hooping appears. They wanted to know why it looks at times like I am barely moving while hooping, while they still feel “clumsy” or “all over the place”. I tried explaining that I have been hooping for close to five years now and that when I started, I was really all over the place too. I also let them in on a little secret, that what they see in class sometimes isn’t really my hooping reality. You see, what we do in a classroom setting are moves I have typically done thousands of times, hence the seamless flow. Whenever I am asked what my hooping secrets are, however, my best advice for newbies who are picking up a hoop for the first time are the 5 P’s of hooping. What are the 5 P’s? Well, let me tell you about each of them.
“Life must be lived as play.” – Plato
This quote, attributed to the ancient Greek philosopher, is profound in its simplicity. When coupled with the unattributed quote “Kids make no separation between fun and learning,” we begin to see the profound potential that play holds as a learning modality. Why would one of humanity’s greatest thinkers place so much emphasis on play? Because he was aware of the truth of the second quote, not just as it applies to children, but as it applies to learners of all ages. A life of play, embodying the six elements of play, helps foster a culture of lifelong learning that can propel individuals and society to great new heights of learning and understanding in all areas. As author G.K. Chesterton put it, “The true object of all human life is play.” //
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Cara Zara at Matthews Alive Festival
CARA ZARA HOOP DANCE SHOW
Date: Saturday 8/31 and Sunday 9/1
Showtime: 2pm both days
Location: Cultural Stage (come relax with some nice air conditioning!) ~ Festival Map Link
Note: The Cultural Stage is located inside the Matthews Community Center. 100 McDowell Street. Enter on the left side of the building.
Come see all the exciting shows:
Family Fun (and fund raising!)
Rides, amusements, carnival midway, games… Now we’re talking!
Matthews Alive brings in the top amusements company in the Southeast to provide our major rides and attractions at the festival. This area of the festival, we like to call “Family Fun” is truly the hub of the energy and action of the festival. Imagine the lights flashing, music and bells, and the sounds of kids laughing and having their best days of the summer!