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TranscriptDancing children...and their teacher
Dairy Egyptian Special Vfrilai
Lam aumrner Charleen Robertson
worked In SurarnerStockandMualcal
Theatre With people like Harvey
Korman of the Carol Qurneii TV
show, Alan Sues of "Laugh-In, "
Giselle McKortzlo, and Meridcth
McCrae. Tbla fall she la back at
E1U working on her degree In Theatre with a concentration In dance.
On top of this, abe teaches the
Children's Creative DanceClaaaevery Ssrurd&y morning In the Southern Dancers Building on campus.
Technlcally, chlldrct>fromagea9to
13 are invited 10 the Iree c Isaacs,
hut Charleen eaya abe takes ibem
aa young aa two years old. Derween
16 and 14 children turn up for
each session of Miss Robertson's
All children are i
viicd to Join Miss Robertson's free
Saturday dance claaoca which are
helil at 10:00 a.m.
"1 like to conduct the classes In
an aimospbere ol fur., " Charleen
said. "The baalc thins 1 want to
do with these Uda is to get them
to be creative. We get Into a circle and create—Just do any move-
She likes to have tl
present during the sessions, but
■ays that sometimes lhev actually
Inhibit their children. "Oflin tbe mothers get mad at their kids If they
don't copy my movement, exactly.
Thai'a not what I'm trying to do.
I want ihe kids to Improvise, Char-
leef) said.
"I love all my kids. They're a
real challenge to me. They have an
attention span of 2 or 3 minutes
and ll really keeps me alert trying
to keep them Interested. 1 have to
be constantly thinking up new things
far them to do. The kids really
want to learn, but they get bored
fast if I'm no: cartful/r aba ex-
"Thc klda really are learning too.
They watch the big dancers and then
ask me to teach them tbe things
tbey do. I hare to be a nursery
school teacher and a A arwi. teacher
all in one. Tbe basic thing that la
required la patience." Charleen
"TL klda really enjoy tbeme!vss
when we start out doing something
very slowly and tben get faatrr and
faaier. Mualc makes me creative and
1 have a big drum that I pound on
like mad wben things get going."
abe raid.
Mlaa Robertson says that the hardest thing for ber to do Is to get
tbe children to keep their toes polo.
" she aaid.
"It's a great thrill for me when
one of the kids tells me thai they
realty enjoyed the clsas. Tben It's
all worth It. It's a very nice feeling
to aee people doing what 1 have
created, Mlaa Robertson said.
"Musical dance la my favorite,
but cootetnporary dance teaebca control. I would IBM to go and atudy
under Alvln Alley In New York when
1 graduate or get Into a mualca]
aomewhere, " she said.
Miss Robertson ha* been teaching
aome of Dr. Cray's dance classes
alncc he has been ill.
'Touch." s Southern Danccra production ttwt opens Oct. 34. "Every,
one aboold aee It. [t'a one of the
beat thlnga ever done, " ate said.
"It's rated X, " she added.
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