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Elementary Students to Experience Dance at The Grand
September 26, 2002

(478) 301-2933
(800) 837-2911

WHO:             "GrandKids" from Bibb, Houston, Jones, Monroe, Peach and Twiggs counties
WHAT:           First GrandKids season program, "Dancing On Common Ground"
WHEN:           11:30 a.m., Tuesday, Oct. 1
WHERE:        The Grand Opera House, 651 Mulberry St., Macon
WHY:             GrandKids, an arts education program created by Mercer University, is designed to offer rich learning opportunities for nearly 6,000 elementary school students from 64 schools in 6 different counties through exposure to professional music, dance and theater performances in the historic Grand Opera House. Students view a preparatory video prior to each performance and then receive a "GrandKids Gazette" post performance to reinforce the material. Teachers receive Quality Core Curriculum (QCC) compliant lesson plans to place the arts in an educational context specific to each grade level. This first program will showcase elements of Irish step dancing, tap and clogging as the troupe "Dancing On Common Ground" performs at The Grand. At a time when school systems are shrinking budgets for arts education, the GrandKids program augments students' educational experience by providing a medium for cultural enrichment that many may not otherwise encounter.
                        Media interested in covering the event should contact Elizabeth Flader at (478) 301-2933.

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