Dancing brings culture to Jefferson Elementary
The sound of dancing, drumming, and clapping resounded through Jefferson Elementary school. The African Dance and Drum Troupe brought examples of their cultural heritage and a message of unity to American schools. They have traveled to the US from Senegal for almost ten years.
The African Dance Troupe says they want to show others Africa's true culture.
"It's lot of kids, lot of people, even some adults when they hear about Africa they think Africa is just like the jungle. They have the lion in the street, monkey, you know. So we really want to tell them about how Africa look like in the traditional. Because the drumming meaning something, the dancing, everything meaning something. So we want to share that with them," said the Dance Troupe.
They wore traditional clothing, danced, and played antique drums. They had the audience participate in speaking the language and learning various fun facts about Africa.
"They use over 2000 languages in only 54 countries," said a student at Jefferson.
Kids clapped along as they danced. Kids as well as teachers were brought up to learn a dance and perform with the troupe.
"My favorite part was when one of them jumped up and uh kind of hanged on to the basketball hoop and when they were playing the drums," said an elementary student at Jefferson.
They say they love the fun the kids have and enjoy teaching them about their culture.
"You know to see that much enjoyment from a child to see wow like this is amazing like you said you know it's a culture that you see from afar but you've never really seen up close and got a chance to talk to the people," said the African Dance Troupe.
They think it is important to learn about a variety of cultures.