The Looky Ya spotlight in the courtyard of the Cayman Islands National Museum recently was on Cayman’s young artists.
Visitors, locals and passersby were delighted to experience a presentation that showcased Caymanian culture and hospitality.
From the choreographed rhythmic folk dance performance by youngsters from John A. Cumber Primary School to traditional games and delicious local goodies, Cayman’s cultural heritage is alive and kicking.
The event, held once a month to highlight Cayman’s bygone days, featured artisans from various districts around Grand Cayman combined with heritage demonstrations and displays.
The dancers on Saturday received standing applause; they were asked to repeat it not one time but three times so the audience did not miss a beat of this stunning and culturally rich dance.
The quadrille folk dance is a display of colourful heritage of the Cayman Islands, but these youngsters took the dance to a new level.
The Looky Ya spotlight was on Cayman schoolchildren at the museum. Folk dancing is a way to introduce young children to our Caymanian heritage.
In most cultures and countries today, folk dances are used for recreation, performances and ways to preserve aspects of a culture. And the best way to get them started is by teaching games and songs of old such as, “Ring Around the Rosie,” “Brown Girl in the ring,” “Hokie Pokie,” “Spin the Bottle,” and other activities.
There are several sources to learn new ones in the schools from older generations, friends and parents. This also serves to introduce children to music instruments such as the accordion, drum, fiddle, grater and mouth organ.
Young artists’ presentation at museum showcased Caymanian culture and hospitality.