Clinton Students Celebrate the New Year with Chinese Acrobats During a Cultural Arts Assembly

Shouts of “Hǎo!” or “Good!” in the Mandarin Chinese language rang throughout the audience as Clinton students were mesmerized by the breathtaking acrobatics and dances performed by the Dance China New York acrobats.
To usher in the New Year, Dance China New York presented two assembly shows celebrating the culture, customs and dance heritage of the People’s Republic of China on Thursday, January 2, at Clinton School.

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Fourth grade students at Clinton Elementary School in Maplewood, New Jersey have, once again, had the amazing opportunity to learn, explore, and create with a professional artist. For the past few months, Angela Kariotis, an acclaimed writer, performer, and educator, has worked closely with the children to “theatricalize” their curriculum. The result is a high-energy, innovative show, conceived and directed by Ms. Kariotis, and written by Clinton fourth-graders, called “Remixing the Curriculum: A Show in 4 Parts.” The performance will take place on Friday, March 16th at 9 am, in the Clinton School auditorium (27 Berkshire Road, Maplewood). Click to see invitation.

Clinton School has an incredibly diverse student body and it also houses the school district’s elementary-age English Language Learning program. Drawing on this diversity, as well as the fourth grade immigration curriculum, Ms. Kariotis has guided the children through weeks of arts-based exercises that have produced a remarkably moving, insightful, and dynamic work. Each fourth grade class, as well as the students in a multi-age self-contained special education class, will be performing the pieces they have written which include “I Speak American,” “Biography Monologues,” “American Revolution Remix or The Great Lunchroom Revolt Circa 2012,” and “Actually, We Are All Immigrants.” The performance will also include music created especially for the pieces by DJ Santi V, a visiting artist who spent several days at Clinton during the residency.

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