Bronxville, NY- On Monday February 10th The Chapel School PTO sponsored a school assembly in celebration of the Chinese New Year (January 31st , 2014). Students from preschool through eighth grade, were treated to acrobatic performances by the New York Chinese Cultural Center’s Acrobat Team. The New York Chinese Cultural Center is a nonprofit cultural and educational institution that is dedicated to deepening the understanding and appreciation of Chinese culture in the global and local communities. The artists performed in full, traditional Chinese costumes, and introduced students to Chinese culture through demonstrations and audience interaction.
The five award winning artists performed a wide range of acrobatic acts, including plate spinning, trick cycling, foot juggling and Chinese water bowl manipulations. “How do they do that?” asked one student. “I like their colorful costumes,” stated another. The students were amazed to watch the acrobatics as they demonstrated an art form that is extracted from skills used in daily life, work and martial arts. “WOW!!” exclaimed students as the artists preformed the Lion Dance, a traditional form of dance to celebrate the New Year.
The study of International Celebrations is part of The Chapel School’s Multicultural Studies Program. This program enables the wonderfully diverse Chapel School family, which includes parents, guardians, students, teachers, administrators, to explore and celebrate traditions and accomplishments of people from a wide range of backgrounds. According to James Dhyne, Principal of The Chapel School, “Music, art, literature, science, athletics, cuisine, dance and so much more are masterfully weaved into all areas of the curriculum.” Field trips, special visitors and interdisciplinary curriculum connections help to make each unique experience meaningful and memorable.
The Chapel School is located at 172 White Plains Road in Bronxville, New York. An open house is scheduled for every Friday in March. For more information about the Chapel School and its programs, please call 914-337-3202 or visit the website at www.thechapelschool.org