EXPLORING THE MAORI STICK DANCE AND POI

Sunday June 30, 4:00-5:15pm;  $25

A workshop in which you can learn two traditions of the Maori of New Zealand associated with making rhythm. The techniques are easily learned and greatly raise your Life Energy, improve your hand-eye co-ordination, and allow you to connect with others.

With the stick game, participants throw the sticks to each other rhythmically while singing. It is much easier than it sounds! The singing flows easily too – it is fun, and beneficial.

The Maori poi is a soft ball on a string which is swung rhythmically while singing. The gentle flow and movement of the poi leads the singing, which, at a musical level, helps feel what Dr. Diamond calls the Pulse of the music, so raising our Life Energy. Side benefits include an ease of breathing, and a deepened sense of relationship with the song one is singing. .

No experience of singing or of movement games needed. And there is no age limit! These are great co-operative activities for children, youth and adults. Come enjoy these unusual and beneficial dances and games!

Please wear comfortable clothing and shoes.

Seating is limited.  Make a reservation today at (914) 533 7500 or email Karla@LifeEnergyArts.com

 

Presenter: Susan Carpenter, Ph.D.

Stick Dance and Poi  Sue Carpenter has worked internationally as an arts educator in schools, museum education and extensively in special education. She is currently Assistant Professor in the Department of Behavioral Science and Human Services at Kingsborough Community College—part of the City University of New York.

At Kingsborough she is the course coordinator for the Arts in Education courses, mandatory courses for students working toward their associate degree in Early Childhood and Childhood Education. She also advocates for students with Intellectual Disabilities, and is a member of the CUNY wide committee looking into credentials for these students.

Dr. Carpenter has published widely. Her research interests include altruism, arts and disability.