On Friday we had a school-wide celebration for the upcoming Chilean Independence Day. Students in all grades performed traditional Chilean dances.
After the assembly students continued the celebration with an empanada party. It's not really called an empanada party. I just made that up.
One of the parents brought in two types of empanadas, cheese and pino. In case you're not familiar with empanadas they are similar in design to a small calzone. Some are fried and others are baked. The cheese ones are well, filled with cheese. And the pino ones are filled with beef, onions, black olives, raisins and hard boiled eggs. Yum. (That sentiment should be read with excessive amounts of sarcasm.)
Anyway, here are some pictures from the assembly. Students in fifth grade were assigned the national dance of Chile called Cueca. Those who participated spent about one month learning the dance.
|national anthem and raising of the flag|
This was one of my favorite performances. This student danced alone, almost in a salute to the flag.
These were probably the youngest dancers.
|super huge "awww" moment|
|traditional dance from Northern Chile|
These older students performed a traditional dance from Isla de Pascua
(or Easter Island for you non-Chileans).
Here's a video of the beginning of the dance.
And now on to my 5th graders!
|Dancing the Cueca|
Here's a video of them dancing the Cueca. My kids are the ones dancing in the background.