Onekama Elementary Students present…

Folk and Partner Dance Show

February 2, 2007

Kindergarten ... (also K-1) Clogging/Interpretive Dance Horndance


Kindergarten/First Grade ... Twist

Blue Suede Shoes, Carl Perkins


First Grade ... Texas Two-Step

Walkin’ After Midnight, Hecht/Black

Second Grade ... Polka

Big Boy Polka, Big Boy Polka Band


Third Grade  ... Cajun Two-Step

Jongle A Moi, K. Jones and The Playboys


Fourth Grade ... Traditional Waltz

Dancin’ Shoes, Rachael Davis


"Dancing is important to me because it’s a part of my culture. I feel like I know my culture better, which makes me feel good. It’s a part of me now."    ...Anonymous Quote


Program Notes

Written by Middle School American Folk Dancing and Folk Music Students


Clogging originated from the Appalachian Mountains.  It was brought to America by the Irish, Scottish, English and Dutch Germans who settled there in mid 1700’s.  In clogging your heel keeps the down beat and you switch your heels back and forth.

By Lauren, Ashlie and Ashley


The twist originated in 1958 in Georgia by a band leader who wanted his band members to move while they played.  It became really popular when Chubby Checker recorded his hit song, “The Twist.” 

By Christopher


The Texas two-step is danced with two slow steps and two quick steps. The two step (as we know it today) derived from the American style foxtrot. Once a rather simple “barn dance” consisting of a basic walking step, the modern two step danced in Country-Western dance competitions has borrowed figures from foxtrot and swing.


The polka was originally a Czechoslovakian peasant dance developed in Eastern Bavaria.  The polka is a quick dance in 2/4 time. 

By Lauren, Ashlie, and Ashley


The Cajun two-step is traditional partner dance performed to fast, spirited music with a 4/4 beat.  There are no turns, spins, or fancy moves in the traditional Cajun two-step. This dance originated in Western Louisiana.


The waltz was invented in the suburbs of Vienna, Austria and in the alpine region of Austria.  As early as the 17th century, waltzes were played in ballrooms of the Hapsburg court.  The waltz was danced by peasants in Austria and Bavaria.  To dance the waltz, you make a square pattern with your feet.  It is usually danced with a partner. 

By Jami, Jaylee, and Lindsay


Producer /Director– Gretchen Eichberger-Kudlack


Dance Leaders - Jami Mattison, Jaylee Brown, Lindsay Nesburg, Ashley DeRooy, Ashlie MacKenzie, Lauren Pokorzynski


Announcers- Michael Stamper, Shane Duffy, Paul Cunningham


D.J. – Christopher Bradford


Ushers – Adrian Norman, Tyler Fogarty