Story courtesy of Lyn Jeffers School
(Charlestown, Nevis) – Talented board members, parents as well as friends of Lyn Jeffers School are filling the gap of a physical education teacher by making themselves available to engage and train students in various extra curriculum activities.
Recently, the extra curriculum activities at the school premises included trainings in archery, Salsa dance and how to fix a tyre. Reggie Yearwood said students will find archery interesting. He also said that introducing students to more activities “keeps them out of mischief.”
Archery is the practice of using a bow to shoot arrows. Archery has historically been used in hunting and combat and has become a precision sport.
Dan MacMullin was busy ensuring that ladies learn how to fix tyres.
And in a classroom, Rosalind Yearwood, was introducing Salsa dance to students. Salsa became popularised 15 years ago.
Salsa refers to a fusion of informal dance styles having roots in the Caribbean (especially in Cuba, Puerto Rico, and the United States), Latin and North America. The dance originated through the mixture of Mambo, Danzón, Guaguancó, Cuban Son, and other typical Cuban dance forms. Salsa is danced to Salsa music. There is a strong African influence in the music as well as the dance.
Salsa is usually a partner dance, although there are recognized solo steps and some forms are danced in groups of couples, with frequent exchanges of partners. Improvisation and social dancing are important elements of Salsa but it appears as a performance dance too.
The name “Salsa” is the Spanish word for sauce, connoting (in American Spanish) a spicy flavor.
Tonya Powell, CEO Nevis Cultural Development recently said in an interview that discussions are ongoing on how extra curriculum activities will be introduced in schools to help develop “well rounded students.” She said when students are exposed only to academics, they do not fit well into society.