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This class is a student's introduction to exploring “Haitian Dances”, one of the Caribbean island's most vibrant and diverse cultures. This class explores the tradition and cultural heritage of the Caribbean people through dance, music and storytelling. Students will have fun exploring dressing in masquerade, music, and dancing, the three central elements to Carnival celebrations. In this class, students will learn the dances of Haiti such as Konbit (Harvest dance), Ibo (Awakening/Revolutionary dance), Yanvalou (Snake dance), Nago (Warrior dance), and Raboday (Carnival dance) to name a few. 

Program Rating

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About This Program


By Request: $150.00
By Request Premium: $150.00

An invoice will be sent within one week following the completed program session(s). For questions regarding your invoice, please email Tameka Davidson, education@thecowlescenter.org


60 minutes

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) Kindergarten, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, Adult LearnersPublic Library: Library Patrons

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Primary Disciplines

Character Education, Community Interests, Fine Arts, Foreign/World Languages, International, Leadership, Performing Arts, Social Studies/History Dance

Program Delivery Mode

Zoom or Google Meet

Booking Information

This program is available Monday-Friday between 9:00-4:00 PM CST

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Provider's Cancellation Policy

We will not charge for programs cancelled due to nature i.e. snow days. The full fee will be charged to sites which cancel with less than 48 hours notice.

About This Provider

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The Cowles Center for Dance & the Performing Arts

Minneapolis, MN
United States

The Cowles Center is a dance and performing arts hub that promotes movement and growth through supportive space to create and collaborate, engages audiences through dynamic performances, and educates artists of all ages through robust and inclusive education and community engagement programming.

We program an exciting season annually, representing more than 20 local artists and companies that showcase the depth and breadth of the Twin Cities' professional dance scene. 

We partner with artists and companies in our season by providing free marketing and production support, letting the artists focus on their performances. 

We educate through robust, high-quality arts learning programs serving students of all ages, statewide, via residencies, workshops, and student matinees. 

We support the growth and life-cycle of dancers and companies through our below-market-rate offices, studios and stages; and through community engagement programs, McKnight Fellowships, and our MERGES co-production program. 

Tameka Davidson

Program Details


1. Interactive welcoming activity by Teaching Artist in French/Haitian Creole
2. Introduction to Haiti (location/brief history) and the selected dance (Origin/Songs)
3. Warm up the body
4. Learn the basic step of the dance to build a short routine/learn call and response, song or rhythm associated with the dance.
5. Perform what has been learned


1. Construct knowledge and understanding of Haitian Culture through interactive and experiential activities.
2, Promote self-awareness about identity and culture.
3. Promote global education and understanding.
4. Develop an appreciation among students and teachers alike to cultural and social differences.
5. Creatively problem-solving physical tasks and use their bodies in motion as a tool of meaningful self-expression.

Standards Alignment

National Standards

National Standards:
Content Standard: 1: Identifying and demonstrating movement elements and skills in performing dance
- Students accurately identify and demonstrate basic dance steps, positions, and patterns for dance from two different styles or traditions
- Students demonstrate accurate memorization and reproduction of movement sequences
- Students describe the action and movement elements observed in a dance, using appropriate movement/dance vocabulary

Content Standard: 3: Understanding dance as a way to create and communicate meaning
- Students observe and explain how different accompaniment (such as sound, music, spoken text) can affect the meaning of a dance

Content Standard: 5: Demonstrating and understanding dance in various cultures and historical periods
- Students competently perform folk and/or classical dances from various cultures; describe similarities and differences in steps and movement styles