Sunday, September 4, 2011

Empanada Party

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.

After my students performed, some teachers came down to join them in the national dance. 

Some of my students couldn't focus on the dance because they noticed this little boy sitting across the field....recognize him?

It's Kenny!


  1. That little kid is so Kenny-like! Adorable.

    Loved your videos, your kids did great - and absolutely loved the Isla de Pascua dance and also the music.

    I'm jealous that you get to spend the dieciocho in Chile! Hope you go to lots of ramadas and fondas and have a great time! Obviously no empanadas de pino for you!

  2. You BAST... oh ... Hi Kenny.
    Great Blog.
    Wonderful pictures and video. Almost like being there, could almost feel the chill (contrast Kenny and the dancers) and taste the pino.

    Welcome to all those Flags that joined up ... Most recently Columbia.