POUND RIDGE, N.Y. Pound Ridge Elementary School students were treated to a performance by Ballet Hispanico, a Manhattan-based dance troupe, on Wednesday, Oct. 12, as part of the schools Hispanic Heritage Month.
Ballet Hispanico's education and outreach division annually brings the groups blend of dance and Hispanic culture to more than 25,000 public school students and teachers in New York and across the nation. The group explores, preserves, and celebrates Latino cultures through dance. Ballet Hispanico has three different divisions: the professional Company, the School of Dance, and the Education & Outreach programs. Together, they attempt to create new avenues of cultural dialogue and share the joy of dance with all communities.
Hispanic Heritage Month was the brainchild of new principal Tim Gembka. It was an idea that he brought with him from previous schools at which he worked.
It hadnt been done here before. This is something I took from my past experiences, Gembka said. Even if we didnt have students of a Hispanic origin [enrolled at Pound Ridge Elementary], we should be doing it to show students that its a big world out there. Its all about exposure.
In addition to the Ballet Hispanico performance, the school will mark Hispanic Heritage month with ongoing displays throughout the school. The library will be displaying books with Latino-experience themes and the art teachers will create a bulletin board featuring the works of renowned Hispanic artists.
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