WTF? This is damned weird,

by Nathan Hamm on 12/27/2003

WTF?

This is damned weird, but Chicago’s Holden School (which is public), there’s a Central Asian Dance Group that specializes in Turkish and Uzbek dances.

Strange
as it may sound, Holden School, a public primary school on Chicago’s
south side, has an after-school Central Asian dance group. Established
a few years ago, the group specializes in dances from Uzbekistan and
Turkey. The group has performed at school assemblies and at the Chinese
New Year festival at a neighborhood Buddhist temple. Physical Education
teacher Kathie Cantone leads several rehearsals each week, and fifteen
girls aged 5-13 participate. Ms. Cantone has training in Turkish and
Uzbek dancing, and she clearly enjoys teaching the children about the
dances and cultural traditions of Central Asia, especially Uzbekistan.
Students are learning dances from three regions of Uzbekistan, a
Ferghana Etude, a Bukharan Tea Saucer Dance, and a Khorezm-style dance.
Through the group, the students get some physical activity and learn
performance skills, costume-making, and teamwork. They also have lots
of fun and gain exposure to other cultures.

They need supplies from Uzbekistan such as atlas (which is what these puppets’ clothes are made of) and various other items.


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Nathan is the founder and Principal Analyst for Registan, which he launched in 2003. He was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Uzbekistan 2000-2001 and received his MA in Central Asian Studies from the University of Washington in 2007. Since 2007, he has worked full-time as an analyst, consulting with private and government clients on Central Asian affairs, specializing in how socio-cultural and political factors shape risks and opportunities and how organizations can adjust their strategic and operational plans to account for these variables. More information on Registan's services can be found here, and Nathan can be contacted via Twitter or email.

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