Cultures spring to life on the dance floor in Miss Gaetani’s Cultural Dance class. Experienced dancers, novices, athletes, and others come together to learn Step, Tango, Sambo, Foxrtrot, and even a Drill to Honor Veterans. Dances such as Tinikling from the Philippines, Dance of 1000 Hands from China and the Viennese Waltz open the door for cultural discussion. Students address issues such as the power of dance in their own lives, in lecture format and in visual experience via videos and performances. This class draws from cultural diversity already present at Washington Academy and gives students a real life perspective on the power of dance in other nations.
Throughout the semester, Miss G and her students can be found performing at area elementary schools, organizing flash mob performances, or dancing at Pops Night. Students come out of this class with a love of dance and yet another avenue for lifelong fitness.