October 8, 2021     9:30 – 10:30 a.m.    Mabel Hoggard Elementary Playground

Parents and family members,

Your child will be participating in the annual Mabel Hoggard Elementary School’s World Dance Festival on Friday, October 8, 2021, from 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. on the Mabel Hoggard Elementary School’s playground.


We would like to invite you to attend. You must wear a mask. Please bring a chair, as we will have a limited number of chairs available.


Students will be performing a folk dance with their grade level.  Please have your child dressed in a costume reflecting the culture they are dancing and representing.  Many costumes can be put together from items found around the house. If you have questions, email me at or ask their classroom teacher.


Thank you for helping make this dance festival a success.


Mrs. Makowski  🙂  

Music Specialist


Dance: La Raspa

Region: Mexico – Jalisco, Guadalajara  

History: This dance originated in Veracruz and is a dance often performed during celebrations and at dance schools. “The rasp” is the sound made by dancers’ feet.


Girls: Full, colorful, ruffled skirt, short-sleeved white blouse with embroidered designs on the neckline, bright flower behind one ear. Sombrero, type of hat, optional.

Boys: Black slacks or jeans, a white shirt and a kerchief around the neck. Some added touches could be a silver belt buckle and a cowboy hat or a shawl over one shoulder. Sombrero, type of hat, optional.

 First Grade

Dance Tanko Bushi

Region: Japan

History:  This dance is approximately 100 years old about the coal miners in Japan. It is traditionally performed during summer festivals. It is a story telling song.


Girls and Boys:  Solid colored robe with wide belt or large solid colored shirt with wide belt. This is to be like a Kimono robe. If you have one great, if not find something that could work like a Kimono.

Second Grade

Dance: Barnereinlender

Region: Norway

History: Reinlender is the Norwegian name for schottische. This is a slower polka dance with European origins.


Girls: White blouse and full skirt. A white apron will be provided. Shoes appropriate for P.E.

Boys: Black pants rolled up to the knee with long black or white socks, plain white button down shirt. Black vest is optional. Shoes appropriate for P.E.

Third Grade

Dance: Thady You Gander

Area: Australia

History: This is a popular Australian country dance with its origin possibly in Ireland. Some say it has roots in some 17th century English country dances. The ‘Thady’ is a” flirt” and this is represented in the dance when the top lady beckons the men to follow her in a merry dance.       


Girls and Boys: Safari Style clothes, Khaki, tan, green, brown or white. A pith or Australian style hat if possible.Shoes appropriate for P.E.

Fourth Grade

Dance: Pata Pata

Region:  South Africa

History: This is a dance from South Africa that originally started as a spiritual dance called Juju and later became a social dance around 1924.


Girls and Boys: Wear beautiful bright colored African inspired shirts or brightly patterned shirts. Wear blue jeans with the hem rolled up to the knees. You may also want to wear colored head kerchiefs, braids or beads in hair. Shoes appropriate for P.E.

Fifth Grade

Dance: North Skelton Sword Dance

Region: England

History: Sword dances originated in England and were popular from the 14th to 18th -centuries. This dance is still being performed today. Sword dances may have descended from the Spartan War dances.


Girls: Colorful long skirt with a white blouse, a vest or shawl is optional.

Boys: Plain white shirt with a dark-colored vest and dark blue or black jeans.

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