Haitian dance troupe performs at WHAIES
Third through fifth grade students at Windsor Hill Arts Infused Elementary School were treated recently to a performance by the Resurrection Dance Theater of Haiti. The troupe also spent time working with the school’s Dance Core and Drumming Core Classes, which meet on Early Release days under the direction of Mrs. Meredith Crawford and Mrs. Jen Roland, respectively.
The troupe is an internationally recognized dance troupe in Haiti of orphans, former street children and child slaves. The troupe uses African and Haitian drumming and dance to vibrantly tell their story.
The dancers are part of the St. Joseph Family, which was formed in 1985 from very humble beginnings to bring street children into a family setting. The family now occupies three homes in Haiti - two for former street children and one for children with disabilities.
Prior to the performance, the entire school held a ‘Hat Day’ to raise funds. Students also had the opportunity to purchase the book Shine, by Peter Eyvindson, a story based on one of dances performed by the group.
All these donations go to support Wings of Hope, a home in Haiti for children and young adults with disabilities.
The Wings of Hope home, along with most of Haiti, was destroyed in the Earthquake of 2010 and is under rebuilding efforts thanks to donations like these.
In the same spirit of giving, WHAIES received a check from the recent Give with Target campaign.
The school is sending the gift they received on to Wings of Hope in Haiti.