We studied France in the Primary classroom for the past two weeks and ended this unit with an Art History lesson about ballet. We discussed how ballet was brought to France from Italy, where it developed into the performance art that we know today.
On Friday, we were thrilled to have a ballerina from the Upper Unit visit our classroom. She talked about studying to be a ballerina for the last eight years and shared all of the different roles in the ballets that she has performed. So far, she has been on stage in The Nutcracker seven times in various parts and has danced in other classic ballets like Coppélia and The Sleeping Beauty. We ended the visit by learning the arms and feet positions used in ballet and how to jeté. The children all loved learning the movements, dancing around, and donning tutu and ballet shoes.