Photo by Cameron Durham
Guest Writer: Erica Guillory
As I watched my son practice for Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Ballet, I was drawn to the educational experience it provides for children of all ages. I am a teacher who thrives on creative opportunities that will broaden the minds of my students beyond the realm of the everyday learning routine.
The history of Christmas as it relates to many cultures, countries, and traditions are embedded within the amazing ballet pieces presented. Santa discusses the rituals of countries such as Russia, China, and Switzerland. This ballet experience can provide many avenues for culture awareness development. Also, it can provide a plethora of in depth research that will challenge the mind of students across the parish. Teachers could use this opportunity for writing, comparing and contrasting the American culture to those of the countries discussed in the Ballet. State benchmarks and GLE’s definitely can be met on a higher level, which is the goal of all teachers. Students will also be able to develop a love for ballet, theatre, and telling a story through the art of dance.
Opportunities like this are those in which education should thrive upon. This total experience could cover a multitude of subject areas and student work. It is a great learning opportunity presented in a creative way. As educators and parents we must take advantage of those opportunities that will broaden the minds of our children. The Lake Charles Civic Ballet can provide that opportunity. Take advantage.
Pictured in photo from “Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer‘ Around the World, Russian dance:
Adrian Durham; Julia Basone