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Chaney Monge School Students to Present Ethnic Dance Program at School's Ethnic Dance Assembly and Multi-Cultural Fair

6th, 7th and 8th grade students of Chaney Monge School (Crest Hill, IL, near Joliet) prepare to present a series of ethnic folk dances for the school’s Ethnic Dance Assembly (Fri, Feb 22, 2013, 9:00am-10:30am) and for the school’s Multi-Cultural Fair (Sat, Feb 23, 2013, 10:00am-1:00pm).

Chicago, IL, January 20, 2013 --( Chaney Monge School’s Multi-cultural Fair is the culmination of collaborative research projects where teams of students use resources that include the world-wide-web, libraries, books, magazines, newspapers and family archives to create over 50 booths displaying significant cultural, social, geographic, economic and political information about many of the world’s countries and ethnic groups. The Multi-Cultural Fair is free and open to the public and features a variety of hands-on activities for adults and children.

Chaney Monge School’s Ethnic Dance Assembly performance is the outcome of a unique program that utilizes ethnic heritage dances of America’s various ethnic groups to deliver to deliver a multi-cultural and multi-disciplinary learning experience to students. This dance program goes beyond traditional dance education for its own sake, as it combines dance with experiential education and healthy exercise and supplements classroom learning across multiple disciplines including history, geography, social studies, mathematics, art, music, health, nutrition and physical education. Students also have the opportunity to provide school and community service by performing what they’ve learned for school and neighborhood events, retirement communities, etc.

All events are open to the media. The public is invited to attend the Assembly and Multi-Cultural Fair.


1. Ethnic Dance Week Instruction Classes Tue-Thu, Feb 19-21, 8:45am - 2:15pm
3. Ethnic Dance Week Assembly - Student Performances, Fri, Feb 22, 9:00am - 10:30am
2. Ethnic Dance Week Instruction Classes Fri, Feb 22, 10:30am - 12:00pm
4. Chaney Monge School Multi-Cultural Fair, Sat, Feb 23, 10:00am - 1:00pm

To view videos of previous student dance performances:

“I have heard so many fabulous comments regarding the dancing that you could not even imagine. Parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, teachers, and definitely the students have said how exciting the dances were.”

“The two weeks of instruction in ethnic dance addressed some needed attention to Illinois State Standards in dance… But even more exciting to me, was that the more gifted dancers were not the academic stars. It gave them a chance to excel and lead others. And boy did they! I observed students dancing their way to classes.”

For more information about the Chaney Monge School Multi-Cultural Fair contact:
Jackie Hall (Principal), Chaney Monge School, 400 Elsie Ave, Crest, Hill, IL 60423, (815)-722-6673, Contact the principal to arrange for student and teacher interviews.

For more information about these Ethnic Dance Programs contact:
Paul Collins, Director, Ethnic Dance Connection, (847)-846-8139,

Paul Collins - Ethnic Dance Connection

Note: Ethnic Dance Connection provides schools and communities with developmental learning experiences using the medium of ethnic dance to deliver memorable and enriching programs that reach far beyond the scope of traditional dance education - programs that contribute to creativity, cultural awareness, social and physical development and personal and professional growth.
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