There was a person who made a circle to keep me out,
so I made a circle to include us both.
FOCODABA: PICTURES OF A GUINEAN DANCE PERFORMED BY TAYLOR SCHOOL STUDENTS This dance and music residency was produced by Tribal Rhythms Company artists. Their master classes taught first and second graders African Diaspora dance, drumming, singing, drum making and costume development. These experiences were tapped to improve students’ speaking and writing skills. The project was also designed to be a comfort for the majority of school members who are Haitian. The pictures show dance and song bringing Haitian children, parents, and teachers together in a celebrate of life and culture. The project was funded by the Boston Public School Arts Expansion Fund at Edvestors for the 2009 and 10-school year. The fund’s mission is to empower the Boston Public Schools to embrace and expand arts instruction. Special thanks to Wyoma, (dancer choreographer), Cornell Coley, and Curtis Jones, (musicians), and the first and second grade teachers who made this project possible.