Natalia Roman, a fifth grade student from Quest Elementary School, can’t wait to show her parents some dance moves at the school’s first ever family folk dance night.

This also applies to his younger brother.

“My brother, he loves music, so he will be happy to learn that too,” Roman said. “My brother is 4 years old. He is in pre-kindergarten. I am going to go home and I will show him.”

The event, scheduled to take place on September 6 at 6:30 p.m. in the school cafeteria, was hosted by school music teachers Kimberly Haggard and Laurie Foote.

Haggard, who has been teaching for 12 years but is in her freshman year at Quest, said she used to do similar events at her previous school – Fairglen Elementary in Cocoa – and that “it was really successful.”

“Folk dancing is a big part of the music program,” Haggard said. “Laurie and I are both teachers (Zoltán) inspired by Kodály. He is a Hungarian composer who has done a lot of work and research in music pedagogy.

“Some of his thoughts on the subject were that you should teach people music to the people, and you should help share folk music and folk dances to help students learn more about who they are, how they relate. to the world around them, and how they can interact with each other in a respectful way.

“We have a lot of parties and song games. Folk dances and the use of music from other cultures are a great way to present this, especially in this school. There is a lot of diversity. “

The hour-long event should have at least six songs. Since it takes place at the start of the school year, the students will not have had much time to practice all the dances, but there should be a few songs where they will have the chance to show their parents what to do. To do.

“I’m excited,” said sixth grader Riley Ondo. “It seems like a new opportunity to have a chance to do something different.

“When they did the introductions and everything, we saw pictures and a short video. It looked pretty cool from what I saw.”

Haggard said she created visuals so that even the most difficult dancers could easily climb the steps.

“We are looking forward to bringing the community and the kids together, to interact with the music,” said Foote.