Sunset Elementary School second grader Kannadis Peroulis, left, and Aftyn Kawcak, right, dance during a performance Wednesday at the school. Music and physical education teachers teamed up to teach students the dances, culminating in performances for parents and family.

Photo by Darian Warden

Sunset Elementary School second grader Kannadis Peroulis, left, and Aftyn Kawcak, right, dance during a performance Wednesday at the school. Music and physical education teachers teamed up to teach students the dances, culminating in performances for parents and family.

Students perform dances as part of music and PE

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Sunset Elementary School second graders perform a dance Wednesday. Students in first through fifth grade gave dance performances all day for parents and family.

Sunset Elementary School was moving and grooving Wednesday with students in first through fifth grade performing dances throughout most the day.

Dressed in their best, students combined musical skills such as rhythm and timing with their physical education learning to perform line dances and other dances such as the Virginia reel dance.

Sunset’s music teacher Amanda Peltier and physical education teacher Susan Nicholson teamed up beginning January 7 to teach students the dances.

In just eleven days, students as young as second grade had memorized and were performing eight dances for their parents.

“We’d try to do a song a day and do the best we could,” Nicholson said.

Nicholson said she thought students did a phenomenal job, adding she liked how they dressed.

Parents and siblings watched while snapping photos and taking video. Some younger siblings couldn’t resist the beat, making up their own dances and participating on the sidelines.

“It’s really a nice experience for parents to come out to watch and support their kids,” Nicholson said.

Darian Warden can be reached at 875-1793 or dwarden@craigdailypress.com

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