Parents, grandparents and community members were treated to a rambunctious display of high energy, physical fitness, coordination and applied learning skills at Cedaredge Elementary School's Music and PE Showcase last week.
The gym at Cedaredge High School was jumping and jiving and rocking and rolling for an hour and a half on Thursday, March 31. Students of CES physical education teacher Amie Henderson and music teacher Andrea Kallsen performed numerous routines for their hometown audience.
The CES third, fourth and fifth graders had put in hours of practice perfecting their routines. Their performances included line dances, aerobic-type fitness drills set to rock, country/western and pop music from the 1950s and '60s. There was a coordinated jump rope routine set to music that really had the gym rocking.
The high-energy display of coordinated physical fitness, dance and music seemed to reach its crescendo as the 180 students moved to the music and in unison dribbled basketballs while stepping in time to popular country/western music played loudly, with many of the students wearing cowboy hats.
The exhibition of student skills touched all of the bases in learning curriculum. The classes performed musical pieces on recorders. The students had to practice and learn the steps and motions incorporated into the dances and fitness routines. They memorized lyrics to songs. They drummed on fitness balls and danced as they participated as part of a large-group activity before a large audience. And they displayed new, learned skills of body motion and control as they named and sang about the muscles and bones of the body.
They also jumped rope, twirled hula hoops and used other props. In one routine they moved as a coordinated unit while performing to music with large, multi-colored round "parachutes."
The students mostly wore the royal blue "Bruin Pride" T-shirts and each class had a spirit song of its own to sing. Get ready, Surface Creek Valley, because here come the classes of 2023, 2024 and 2025.
The performance by the three upper grades of Cedaredge Elementary School last Thursday followed a similar one by the kindergartners, first and second graders earlier in the week.
Families attending were delighted with the skills their students displayed, and also with the evening of get-up-and-cheer entertainment their kids provided for them.