Performing Arts from Around the Globe

Grades K – 5
Arts & Culture

Students explore various music and performance styles from around the globe.

From Indian dance to the traditional music and dance from Puerto Rico, students will explore global cultures through movement and sound.

About the Course:

For four weeks, students will asynchronously explore the music and dance from Indonesia, India, West Africa, and the Caribbean, culminating in an interactive discussion on the cultural impact of music and dance around the world.
The Mann Center’s Performing Arts from Around the World looks at cultures through music and dance, bringing new lessons, movements and sounds straight to students’ devices. With each course, they will find a rich catalogue of culturally diverse digital content and videos accompanied by interactive student guides for each episode to deepen the virtual experience.

Week 1: Puerto Rican Bomba

For four weeks, students will asynchronously explore the music and dance from Indonesia, India, West Africa, and the Caribbean, culminating in an interactive discussion on the cultural impact of music and dance around the world.

Week 2: Three Aksha

Students will learn about the classical Indian dance, Bharatanatyam, a colorful and beautiful way to tell a story using body movements.

Week 3: Balinese Dance

Students will learn about the sounds and expressive movements of Balinese dance.

Week 4: West African Rhythm & Dance

Students will learn about Guinean West African Sinte dance, music, and the traditional drum orchestra.

Performance Art from Around the World Discussion

Upon completing the four weeks of lessons, students will discuss what they have learned about the impact of different cultures on performing arts across the globe, led by a Mann Center representative.
Arts & Culture
Elementary School (Grades K-5)
25 Students
Registration Open
Now through June 11, 2021
Weeks 1 – 4 of Course
June 21 – July 16, 2021
Final Zoom Session
July 16, 2021
3:15 – 4:00 pm

About the Mann Center for the Performing Arts:

The Mann Center for the Performing Arts has served for many decades as the City of Philadelphia’s premier outdoor summer performing arts venue, presenting a wide array of cultural programming and popular events. The Mann provides arts education through innovative and high-impact, collaborative educational activities for young people throughout the region.

About the Educator: Naomi Gonzalez

Naomi Gonzalez, Vice President of Education & Community Engagement at the Mann Center for the Performing Arts, originally from Puerto Rico, is a known architect of building out impactful arts education programs in the Philadelphia region. Having started her career with 15 + years in the classroom as a music/ orchestra teacher, Gonzalez uses her experiences as an educator to inform her work as an arts administrator.
Gonzalez is implementing the Mann Center’s new multiyear strategic plan with community beneficiaries in West Philadelphia as the driving focus to create career training opportunities, after school programs, summer programs, and festivals designed to expand over the years. Gonzalez brings to the Mann extensive knowledge in the development and oversight of community programs having served thousands of children. Gonzalez was previously the Manager of Collaboration and Access with the Philadelphia Orchestra, where, since joining the Orchestra in 2016, has designed and implemented local and national initiatives, produced large scale events with national partners such as Carnegie Hall, the School District of Philadelphia, the Salvation Army, and created a week long Orchestra residency with 30 community events throughout the city of Philadelphia. During her time with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Gonzalez focused on creating opportunities and access to quality music programs for children of all ages from the Philadelphia area, which included five local schools, launching a fellowship program that served talented high school aged musicians from under represented communities; a program that received national recognition and funding from major organizations.
Prior to her administrative roles, Gonzalez served as Lead Teaching Artist at Play on Philly! (an ElSystema inspired music OST program) for 5 years. In this role, Gonzalez oversaw the strings faculty and curriculum alignment, as well as served as orchestra conductor for various ensembles. Gonzalez started her education career in Chicago, where she specialized in teaching violin, viola and early childhood music. Other career accomplishments include Gymboree Play and Music in Chicago, IL as their Music and Early Childhood Specialist. Gonzalez started her music career as a violinist performing with the Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra, Civic Youth Orchestra in Chicago and as a sub for the Grant Park Symphony Orchestra among other ensembles.
Gonzalez received her BA degree in violin performance and music education from DePaul University.