African dancers bring high energy show to Belle Glade

By: Ronica JemmottAfricanDrummer3

     It’s a party! It’s a party! As the Belle Glade campus celebrated Black History month, the campus community honored and recognized African cultures. In doing so, the school invited Delou Africa Dance Ensemble (D.A.D.E.) to introduce students to dynamic traditional music and dances.

As these phenomenal cultural dance artists gave welcoming introductions, many students began to marvel and appreciate the exposure to a different culture. They danced. They sang. They laughed. They played. They even learned new traditional dance steps and songs. All while expressing new creativity and zeal for the warmth that they had received through such an amazing experience!

The Delou Africa Dance Ensemble teaches students to appreciate traditional dance and music for what it simply is. But, they do not stop there. They also attempt to successfully bridge gaps between different social and cultural perspectives in hopes to enlighten African history into many people’s hearts. According to leader Njeri Plato of D.A.D.E, “students from an American heritage can learn to bridge multiracial gaps between themselves and those they are unfamiliar with through a variety of ways.” By exposing these young students to Western African dance and music, as well as seeing their reaction to this new environment, it is evident that Belle Glade students have bridged more diverse ethnicities than ever before.

When asked to describe thoughts about the event, Miriam Martinez said  that she most enjoyed “the dancing and the drums.” Overall, Belle Glade students were ecstatic to have such an experience!  AfricanDancer3African Dancer