Humanities Moments

Humanities Moments

We’ve all had “humanities moments” — when our lives were made richer, more poignant, and meaningful because of the insights the humanities provide.

A Day of Dance

Contributed by Emily Martin

Description

Last year, my dance class at school went to a county wide “Dance Day,” where public school dance programs from all over my area came together to perform for each other and take free master classes. I had been twice before, so I knew what to expect; however I did not know what class I would be participating in. After the welcome ceremony, I was told which room number my class would be in. When I entered the room, there were drums lined up all along the mirrors and a man dressed in colorful clothes, who welcomed me at the door. It was an African dance class. I was simultaneously nervous and excited to learn and do a new style of dance. The class was amazing. It pushed me out of my comfort zone and challenged me to explore movement in a new way. The teacher was very knowledgeable and encouraging, which made the experience that much better. At the end of the class, we gathered in large circle, where everyone had the chance to go into the center and show off what they had learned. Everyone was clapping and so positive. I left the class feeling inspired.
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Why is this a Humanities Moment?

This humanities moment helped change the way I think about dance. It opened my eyes to a whole new world and motivated me to explore and research other cultures and styles of dance. The experience contributed to me having a more open mind, which is important in the diverse world we live in today.

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Title

A Day of Dance

Subject

This humanities moment helped change the way I think about dance. It opened my eyes to a whole new world and motivated me to explore and research other cultures and styles of dance. The experience contributed to me having a more open mind, which is important in the diverse world we live in today.

Description

Last year, my dance class at school went to a county wide “Dance Day,” where public school dance programs from all over my area came together to perform for each other and take free master classes. I had been twice before, so I knew what to expect; however I did not know what class I would be participating in. After the welcome ceremony, I was told which room number my class would be in. When I entered the room, there were drums lined up all along the mirrors and a man dressed in colorful clothes, who welcomed me at the door. It was an African dance class. I was simultaneously nervous and excited to learn and do a new style of dance. The class was amazing. It pushed me out of my comfort zone and challenged me to explore movement in a new way. The teacher was very knowledgeable and encouraging, which made the experience that much better. At the end of the class, we gathered in large circle, where everyone had the chance to go into the center and show off what they had learned. Everyone was clapping and so positive. I left the class feeling inspired.

Date

December 2015

Contributor

Emily Martin

Identifier

day-of-dance

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