Friday, November 4, 2016

Beginning Theater - Hand Scenes

Check yourself! Do your hands reflect the emotional level of your character/inflection in your voice?




















Thursday, November 3, 2016

Black Box Dance Company Workshop and Performance

Thank you so much to Black Box Dance Company for providing our students and incredible dance experience this week! They learned a lot and had a blast!

Here is a video clip as well as some photos.













































Friday, October 21, 2016

Wahamba Nathi


Wahamba nathi, oh wahamba nathi (You walked with us, oh you walked with us)

Oh wahamba nathi, siyabonga (Oh you walked with us, we thank you)

Wahamba nathi, oh wahamba nathi (You walked with us, oh you walked with us)

Oh wahamba nathi, siyabonga(Oh you walked with us, we thank you)

(Repeat)


Siyabonga Jesu, Siyabonga ngonyama yezulu (We thank you Jesus, we thank you Lion of heaven)

Siyabonga Jesu, Siyabonga (we thank you Jesus, we thank you)

Siyabonga Jesu, Siyabonga ngonyama yezulu (We thank you Jesus, we thank you Lion of heaven)

Siyabonga Jesu, Siyabonga (we thank you Jesus, we thank you)


Wakhamba nathi, oh wakhamba nathi(You walked with us, oh you walked with us)

Oh wakhamba nathi, Siyathokoza (Oh you walked with us, we thank you)

Wakhamba nathi, oh wakhamba nathi(You walked with us, oh you walked with us)

Oh wakhamba nathi, Siyathokoza (Oh you walked with us, we thank you)


Siyathokoza Jesu, Siyathokoza kakaramba (We thank you Jesus, we thank you mighty God)

Siyathokoza Jesu, Siyathokoza (We thank you Jesus, we thank you)

Siyathokoza Jesu, Siyathokoza kakaramba (We thank you Jesus, we thank you mighty God)

Siyathokoza Jesu, Siyathokoza (We thank you Jesus, we thank you)

Wahamba Nathi music link

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Dance That Moves Clinic and Performance Auditions

Dance That Moves will be offering a dance clinic for selected Columbus County dance students. If you are enrolled in Proficient or Advanced dance you are invited to audition for the clinic/performance. Seven will be selected from our school. Numbers are based upon enrollment numbers in the Advanced and Proficient levels at each school.

Students who participate must commit to the dates below, highlighted in red. It will require a lot of missed class time but I think it will be a worthwhile experience. Let me know if you are interested in auditioning.


Information about the choreographer/company:

http://www.mpearsondance.com/



Schedule for Dance Clinic
Date
Activity
Time
Location
11/1/16
Rehearsal with HS Students
9:00-2:00
Arts Council
11/2/16
Rehearsal with HS Students
9:00-2:00
Arts Council
11/3/16
Performance for 8th Graders
9:00-1:00
Bowers - WHS
11/4/16
School Visit - ECHS AM WCHS PM
8:00-3:00
Various
11/7/16
School Visit - SCHS AM WHS PM
8:00-3:00
Various


Performance Video of Dance That Moves

Monday, October 3, 2016

Maya Angelou - Still I Rise




Still I Rise (full poem)

You may write me down in history
With your bitter, twisted lies,
You may trod me in the very dirt
But still, like dust, I'll rise.

Does my sassiness upset you?
Why are you beset with gloom?
'Cause I walk like I've got oil wells
Pumping in my living room.

Just like moons and like suns,
With the certainty of tides,
Just like hopes springing high,
Still I'll rise.

Did you want to see me broken?
Bowed head and lowered eyes?
Shoulders falling down like teardrops.
Weakened by my soulful cries.

Does my haughtiness offend you?
Don't you take it awful hard
'Cause I laugh like I've got gold mines
Diggin' in my own back yard.

You may shoot me with your words,
You may cut me with your eyes,
You may kill me with your hatefulness,
But still, like air, I'll rise.

Does my sexiness upset you?
Does it come as a surprise
That I dance like I've got diamonds
At the meeting of my thighs?

Out of the huts of history's shame
I rise
Up from a past that's rooted in pain
I rise
I'm a black ocean, leaping and wide,
Welling and swelling I bear in the tide.
Leaving behind nights of terror and fear
I rise
Into a daybreak that's wondrously clear
I rise
Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave,
I am the dream and the hope of the slave.
I rise
I rise
I rise.


About the Author - Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou was born Marguerite Johnson in St. Louis, Missouri, on April 4, 1928. She grew up in St. Louis and Stamps, Arkansas. She was an author, poet, historian, songwriter, playwright, dancer, stage and screen producer, director, performer, singer, and civil rights activist. She was best known for her seven autobiographical books: Mom & Me & Mom (Random House, 2013); Letter to My Daughter (Random House, 2008); All God’s Children Need Traveling Shoes (Random House, 1986); The Heart of a Woman (Random House, 1981); Singin’ and Swingin’ and Gettin’ Merry Like Christmas (Random House, 1976); Gather Together in My Name (Random House, 1974); and I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (Random House, 1969), which was nominated for the National Book Award.

Among her volumes of poetry are A Brave and Startling Truth (Random House, 1995); The Complete Collected Poems of Maya Angelou (Random House, 1994); Wouldn’t Take Nothing for My Journey Now (Random House, 1993); I Shall Not Be Moved (Random House, 1990); Shaker, Why Don’t You Sing? (Random House, 1983); Oh Pray My Wings Are Gonna Fit Me Well (Random House, 1975); and Just Give Me a Cool Drink of Water ‘fore I Diiie (Random House, 1971), which was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize.

In 1959, at the request of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Angelou became the northern coordinator for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. From 1961 to 1962 she was associate editor of The Arab Observer in Cairo, Egypt, the only English-language news weekly in the Middle East, and from 1964 to 1966 she was feature editor of the African Review in Accra, Ghana. She returned to the United States in 1974 and was appointed by Gerald Ford to the Bicentennial Commission and later by Jimmy Carter to the Commission for International Woman of the Year. She accepted a lifetime appointment in 1982 as Reynolds Professor of American Studies at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. In 1993, Angelou wrote and delivered a poem, “On The Pulse of the Morning," at the inauguration for President Bill Clinton at his request. In 2000, she received the National Medal of Arts, and in 2010 she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama.

The first black woman director in Hollywood, Angelou wrote, produced, directed, and starred in productions for stage, film, and television. In 1971, she wrote the original screenplay and musical score for the film Georgia, Georgia, and was both author and executive producer of a five-part television miniseries “Three Way Choice.” She also wrote and produced several prize-winning documentaries, including “Afro-Americans in the Arts," a PBS special for which she received the Golden Eagle Award. Angelou was twice nominated for a Tony award for acting: once for her Broadway debut in Look Away (1973), and again for her performance in Roots (1977).

Angelou died on May 28, 2014, in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, where she had served as Reynolds Professor of American Studies at Wake Forest University since 1982. She was eighty-six.

Learn more about the poem's meaning here:
http://www.enotes.com/topics/still-i-rise

Choreographic Interpretation/Performance



October Performances!

Dance
Theater

Stallion Varsity Football Half Time Performance
Friday, October 7, 2016

7:30 PM, SCHS Football Field

Columbus County Fair Performance
Saturday, October 15, 2016
Arrive at 3:15PM, Perform at 3:45PM

Columbus County Fairgrounds

Theater Home Festival
Thursday, October 20, 2016
7:00 PM, SCHS Auditorium

Stallion Classic
Saturday, October 22, 2016
SCHS Football Field (All day, selected students to announce competing bands)

Yam Festival Performance
Saturday, October 22, 2016
Arrive at 1:45PM, Perform at 2:00PM

The Ritz Plaza in Tabor City

Minnie Evans Play Festival
Saturday, October 29, 2016, Departure time 7AM
Ashley High School, Wilmington, NC