Southern Miss Teaches Through Dance

By: Stephen Bowers Email
By: Stephen Bowers Email

Students at Poplar Springs Elementary were treated to performances by the University of Southern Mississippi's Dance Team. Two of those dancers are from Meridian.

"It's nice to be in my own atmosphere," said Falon Boswell. "It's really good to promote dance and get the arts out there, because we think the arts are very important and it contributes to a well-rounded education in children."

"I love being home," said Jennifer Johnson. "I don't get to come home that much because we're always dancing, both of us, but it feels really good to be back. I love the joy that I get from the people watching. If I can bring joy to someone in the audience, even one person it makes me happy."

About thirty dance students from Southern Miss were a part of the performance, which was themed "Team Work" and included several dance routines in which the dancers illustrated diversity, partnership, and working together.

The director of the group, Julie White, has been at Southern Miss for five years. The dance program is based on modern dance and is taking the dance majors into the community with an outreach program they created themselves as part of one of their classes.

"I love Meridian! I think the community is wonderful. I've never seen the schools before, and I'm charmed by this one," said White. "The students were incredible. Meridian is a sister city, and you guys are known for your arts, so we're just happy to be a part of it.

Lesson guides were supplied to teachers following the performances so that teachers could integrate movement into their curriculum.


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