Date: Friday, October 21, 2022     Time: 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.    

Place:  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 21, 2022, from 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. on the Mabel Hoggard Elementary School’s playground. We would like to invite you to attend. 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. There are sample pictures posted in Mabel Hoggard Elementary’s front office to use as a guide for your child’s costume.  If you have questions, email me at or ask their classroom teacher. Students have pictures and some sample dances in their online Canvas Music Classroom.

The following are suggestions for costumes. 


Thank you for helping make this dance festival a success.




Region: Equador                             Dance: El Juego Chirimbolo

History: El Juego Chirimbolo is played by young children in Ecuador. Chirimbolo is a kind of nonsense word that refers to some sort of contraption or machine movement. The object is to do the dance faster and faster.

Costume:  Girls: Full, colorful, ruffled skirt, short-sleeved white blouse with embroidered designs on the neckline if possible.

Boys: White or black slacks or jeans, a brightly colored shirt or scarf over their shoulders. Hats are optional.


First Grade

Region: Antarctica                         Dance:  Penguin Dance

History: This dance originated in the Antarctica Territory by the Penguin People as they observed the Southern Hemisphere research station scientists at their recreational activities. 

CostumeGirls and Boys: Black pants and white shirt. Tuxedo-style shirts are also good. A black hat if possible.


Second Grade

Region: Creole African (West African and Caribbean cities)                               Dance: Bele Kawe

History: This dance is an urban highlife dance of West African and Caribbean cities.


Girls:  Brightly colored long dress. A  shawl around shoulders and or headdress/scarf is optional. Shoes appropriate for P.E.

Boys:  Black pants and brightly colored shirt. Hat optional. Shoes appropriate for P.E.


Third Grade

         Area: Ireland                 Dance:  Sweets of May

History: Sweets of May dance means the pleasure or joys of May and should have a feeling of Spring. It comes from the North of Ireland.   

Costume: Lots of Green! 

Girls: A dress that is mid-length and has lots of green if possible. Shoes appropriate for P.E.

Boys:  Boys Black pants and a green shirt, vest optional. Shoes appropriate for P.E.


Fourth Grade


Region:  India         Dance: Dandiya Dance

History: This is a traditional India Stick dance. Indians celebrate the nine days festival of Navratri with great pomp and show. Dandiya nights are the traditional way of celebrating Navratri in the state of Gujarat, but they are conducted in all parts of the country these days. 

Costume: Bright colors and heavy accessories.

Girls: Long brightly colored dress with a scarf draped across the shoulder to hip. Shoes appropriate for P.E.

Boys: Brightly colored long-sleeved shirt and brightly colored loose pants. Shoes appropriate for P.E.


Fifth Grade

Region: England                           Dance: North Skelton Sword Dance 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.



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