Bebop with the prince

Sophomores Allison Califano and Justin Huebener demonstrate jazz dance styles for kindergarteners from Delmar-Harvard and Pershing elementary schools. More than 650 students from the schools visited the University March 22 to learn about Duke Ellington, hear his music and see some dances. About a month ago, every student, staff and faculty member in the two schools was given a copy of the book Duke Ellington: The Piano Prince and his Music. The book received the Coretta Scott King Award and was named a Caldecott Honor Book. The event was part of the all-school reading project sponsored by the University, along with the Parkview Gardens Association and the School District of University City. This year’s event took place in Edison Theatre, The Gargoyle, Graham Chapel and Umrath Hall. The project, started last year, aims to enhance children’s educational opportunities. Last year, students read the book Martin’s Big Words and learned about the life of Martin Luther King Jr.

Leave a Comment

Comments and respectful dialogue are encouraged, but content will be moderated. Please, no personal attacks, obscenity or profanity, selling of commercial products, or endorsements of political candidates or positions. We reserve the right to remove any inappropriate comments. We also cannot address individual medical concerns or provide medical advice in this forum.