World Dance Summer Camps at 816 Studio & Gallery
What Is World Dance? World Dance With Marissa combines creative and cultural dances from around the world, broadening children's awareness of their global community. Where Is World Dance? Throughout the school year, Marissa teaches at various preschools and elementary schools in the Seattle area including McDonald International, The Meridian School, Perkins School, BF Day, New Discovery School, Sweet Pea Cottage, View Ridge Elementary and more. During SPS Spring Break and in the Summer, World Dance Camps are held in the Fremont neighborhood of Seattle, WA. Class Description In class children experience a variety of music and dance styles that may include traditional Guinean (African), Hip Hop, Irish Step, Brazilian, Hawaiian Hula, Armenian & Greek Folk, Bollywood, Cuban Salsa, American Indian and more. Elements of Creative Dance and Movement are combined with cultural dances in each class. Through developing and strengthening movement skills children build a foundation for their own expression of dance. Stories, books, photos, videos, songs, instruments and dress-up related to the cultural dances being studied are often a part of the children's cultural experience. In addition, World Dance gives back a percentage of profits to support school children in West Africa. Bio Marissa Baratian has been bringing the flavor of her rich travel experiences to World Dance since 2007. Having twice spent a month studying traditional dance in Guinea West Africa, this is by far her area of specialization. An avid traveller, Marissa has also journeyed to Greece, Turkey, Ireland, Bali Indonesia, Mexico, Costa Rica, Italy, Netherlands, Spain and Hawaii. As a dance instructor for young children, Marissa passionately believes in giving children exposure to a greater awareness of their global community through sharing dances from around the world. She has studied many dance forms since 1976. West African dance has been her main passion since 1993. Marissa has taught children's ballet, tap, jazz, and creative dance. She currently teaches World Dance classes for kids.