Category Archives: Dance

Hamlin Welcomes A Radio City Rockette

On Tuesday, Michelle Hammer, a former Rockette (Radio City’s legendary dance company), led Ms. O’Brien’s kindergarten class through a junior Rockettes experience. Ms. Hammer taught the girls actual Rockettes jazz choreography as well as their world-famous kick line. The aspiring dancers also had the opportunity to ask questions about being a Rockette and a professional dancer.

Earlier in the year, Ms. O’Brien’s class chose dance as their focus for emergent study. This study is based on the girl’s questions, observations, and interests. When possible, dance is integrated into all units of study (math, reading, writing, investigations/social studies, and social and emotional learning). Ms. Hammer’s visit provided another layer of understanding, enriching student appreciation for dance as a discipline and art form.

For almost a century, the Rockettes have been American icons. They have appeared at Radio City Music Hall in hundreds of stage spectaculars, and have participated in many historic and memorable events—like joining the USO and traveling abroad to entertain the troops and support wartime effort, and performing at the inauguration of the 43rd president of the United States, George W. Bush, in 2001.

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Watch our Hamlin students do a “kick line” in the video below:


Hamlin Dancers Perform at City College of San Francisco

On the night of December 9, a group of talented Grade 8 students took the stage with the Ultimate Alliance Dance Company and Bay Area Flash Mob, on the campus of San Francisco’s City College. They dazzled the audience of 150 people while performing with college age dancers from the Strong Pulse Dance Crew. Hamlin girls shared the stage with the six older dancers and their teacher, Ms. Kirstin Williams. The experience gave Hamlin students the opportunity to participate in the show and absorb a variety of dance genres (Hip-Hop, Contemporary, B-Girl, B-Boy), while seeing mixed-aged artists from diverse cultural backgrounds.

The evening could not have happened without the leadership of Hamlin faculty member, Ms. Williams, who created and designed the entire event. Ms. Williams held countless hours of rehearsal time in preparation for the performance.

Williams states, I was so impressed by their dedication and commitment to really want to learn the choreography. A majority of my 19 students had never done dance before, and it was new to them. They were nervous, but they transcended, the experience unified and inspired them. 

Ms. Williams went on to share: this work is about integrating communities, bringing people together, working well together, and inspiring each other.