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PHOTOS: Artist-in-residence program brings African culture to Henniker school

  • Sixth-graders perform djembe hand-drumming techniques and traditional West African dance for their fellow students during a school assembly at Henniker Community School in Henniker on Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018. (ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff) Elizabeth Frantz—Monitor staff

  • Sixth-graders perform a traditional West African dance with artist-in-residence instructor James Marshall during a school assembly at Henniker Community School in Henniker on Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018. (ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff) Elizabeth Frantz—Monitor staff

  • Sixth-grader Emma Kate Davis dances a traditional West African dance for her fellow students during a school assembly at Henniker Community School in Henniker on Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018. (ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff) Elizabeth Frantz—Monitor staff

  • Sixth-graders drum to the beat with artist-in-residence instructors James Marshall (left) and Steve Ferraris during a school assembly at Henniker Community School in Henniker on Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018. (ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff) Elizabeth Frantz—Monitor staff

  • Artist-in-residence instructor Steve Ferraris keeps the beat for student dancers during a school assembly at Henniker Community School in Henniker on Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018. (ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff) Elizabeth Frantz—Monitor staff



Monitor staff
Thursday, January 11, 2018

The sound of West African drumming filled the Henniker Community School gym on Thursday as sixth-graders participating in the school’s artist-in-residence program showed their fellow students what they had learned. In particular, they showed off the djembe hand-drumming techniques and traditional West African dance steps they had learned from guest instructors Steve Ferraris and James Marshall.