Pierce Elementary Presents Latin American Program
By Alan Eisenberg, Editor
Franklin Pierce Elementary School on Fratney Street in Milwaukee hosted an
exciting Latin American Program involving performances of both vocal and dance music on May 23rd. The school is bi-lingual, so all of the performances were also bi-lingual. The vocals and dances were derived from a selection from many Latin American countries. The faculty choreographed the dancing and taught the vocals. The highlight of the event was a set of dance performances that had been prepared and were performed at the Bradley Center for the “Mad Hot Ballroom Competition” earlier in the week, both tap dancing and ballroom dancing. The choreographing for that event was assisted by Danceworks, a Milwaukee non-profit that teaches dancing in some
Milwaukee Public Schools. The Bradley Center performance by Pierce Elementary was sponsored in part by the Greater Milwaukee Board of Realtors.
Mounted throughout the auditorium were flags from all of the Latin American countries. An interesting narrator/announcer was Celena Phommachanh who also was part of a celebration of Roberto Clemente’s and Celia Cruz’s lives. Ms. Phommachanh is also an academic excellence award winner honored at a recent dinner.