Lutindo: Building Cultural Bridges through Dance and Storytelling

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Lutindo: Building Cultural Bridges through Dance and Storytelling

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In the dance residency Lutindo: Building Cultural Bridges through Dance and Storytelling, students learn how African culture and tradition compares and contrasts to other cultures through dance. Social Studies and Language Arts Standards may be addressed in this customized residency. Ssuuna works with teachers and students to explore the geography, instruments, stories, and traditional dance of an East African Culture. The residency culminates in a student performance of an original dance with percussion accompaniment.

Typically, residencies range from $2,500 and up, but we can use your available budget and ‘work backwards’ to create a cost-effective residency for your school. We may be able to assist you in securing grant and funding opportunities.

Residencies are tailored to your needs but usually include:

  • A kick-off assembly (performing arts only)
  • A required orientation meeting and planning session
  • A set of workshops for classes of up to 25 students each
  • A student culminating or sharing event
  • An evaluation meeting

"The students had fun, respected Ssuuna, and were challenged by the experience. The whole school community appreciated the programs and seeing students at their best."

Sherrie, Thomas Jefferson Elementary Middle

"His presentation enriched the lives of our students by teaching them a different language along with dance and music native to his country. He also taught the students about self-respect, discipline, and valuing different perspectives...Even after his program ended, students continued to talk about their time with him and the dances that they learned."

"The kids came back to class and someone said 'That was so cool!' and another student said, 'That wasn't just cool, it was awesome!!'"

Kathleen, Teacher, Church Hill Elementary