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Spanish Students Participate in Aboriginal Dance Workshop at Trent
July 7, 2007

For one day in July, as part of a learning exchange to improve their language skills and learn about Canadian culture, 60 Spanish students ranging in age from 15 to 25 years old, came to Trent and had the opportunity to participate in a one-of-a-kind Aboriginal Dance workshop.

Brought to Trent by Red Leaf, an ESL agency that provides year-round academic and summer programs for over 15,000 international teen students in 27 communities across Canada, the students learned about the design and colours of traditional pow wow regalia and the significance of various Aboriginal dances. They also had the opportunity to observe several young local Aboriginal dancers, performing the fancy feather dance, fancy shawl dance, jingle dress dance and hoop dance. Afterwards, the visiting students were divided into two groups, and the men were taught how to do the fancy feather dance, and the women learned the fancy shawl dance. At the end, the entire group performed.

The day of activity was well received by the visiting students and their teachers, who invited the dancers to perform one day in Spain.