Date: Friday, October 20, 2023     Time: 9:30 a.m. – 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 20, 2023, from 9:30 a.m. – 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.  Students also have pictures and some sample dances in their online Canvas Music Classroom. To help celebrate diversity, the following are suggestions for costumes.  If you have questions, email me at

Thank you for helping make this dance festival a success.

Mrs.  Kruse-Makowski

Music Specialist 


Region: Hawaii                          

Dance: Aloha Kakahiaka

History: Hula dance is part of Hawaii’s culture. It includes gestures with hands and bodies that are tied to a meaning. Aloha Kakahiaka means “Good Morning”

Costume:  Girls and Boys:  Bright colorful flowered outfits.  Flower neck leis will be provided.  Please no shirts that show the mid-section and keep in mind the CCSD dress code.

First Grade

Region: Mexico                        

Dance:  Los Machetes

History: This version of “Los Machetes” is an arrangement of a traditional work dance in which men dance with actual machetes or large steel knives used to cut sugar cane and clear brush.


Girls: Full colorful ruffled skirt, short-sleeved white blouse, some embroidered designs are fine. Some added touches could be a flower in your hair or sombrero. Shoes appropriate for P.E.

Boys:  Black slacks or jeans, a white or red shirt.  A kerchief/scarf around the neck or vest is optional. Some added touches could be a silver belt buckle and a sombrero hat for boys or a shawl over one shoulder. Shoes appropriate for P.E.

Second Grade

Region: Colombia                            

Dance: Caimarusa

History: Caimarusa was a young girl who left her village in Colombia and when she returned the villagers had a party for her and did this dance. 


Boys: White or Black pants rolled up to the knees. White shirt. Brightly colored scarf around the neck. Hat is optional. Shoes appropriate for P.E.

Girls: Brightly colored full long skirt and blouse to match. Shoes appropriate for P.E.

Third Grade

 Area: British Isles                

Dance: Sashay The Donut

History: This dance has many cultural influences. It was taught in Durham, England and the music has an Irish feel. Which leads us to believe it is from the British Isles.

Costume:  Going for colored plaids!

Girls: Skirt to the knees, or longer, preferably plaid or solid green, white or black. Long socks to the knees. A blouse to match, could be plaid or solid green or white. Shoes appropriate for P.E.

Boys:  Black or blue pants rolled up the knees and high socks. Plaid, solid white or green shirt. Shoes appropriate for P.E.

Fourth Grade

Area: Philippines

Dance: Itik Itik and Tinikling

History:  Itik-Itik is a Philippines folk dance form created by imitating the “movements of a duck” such as wading, flying, and short steps and splashing water on their backs like the ducks do. Tinikling is a traditional Philippine dance which originated during the Spanish colonial era. It imitates the movement of the tikling birds as they walk between grass stems, run over tree branches, or dodge bamboo traps set by rice farmers. Dancers imitate the tikling bird’s legendary grace and speed by skillfully maneuvering between large bamboo poles. 


Boys:  White shirt with red kerchief/scarf around the neck. Blue or black pants rolled up. Tennis shoes or shoes appropriate for P.E. 

Girls:  Long full skirt or blue or black pants rolled up.  Bright solid-colored shirt with a scarf over the shoulder, secure with a safety pin. Tennis shoes or 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 with a vest or shawl. Shoes appropriate for P.E.

Boys: Plain white shirt with a dark-colored vest and dark blue or black jeans. Shoes appropriate for P.E.

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