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A slight drizzle did not dampen the spirits of Washington Elementary

School students during their outdoor spring dance program.

The mood, music and costumes were festive, as the school’s

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kindergarten through fourth-grade classes boogied, stepped and swayed

to 1950s through 1980s rock ‘n’ roll, the Mexican Hat Dance and the

sounds of the Hawaiian Islands.

“I actually liked performing. It was a lot of fun,” Jeremy

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Labertew, 10, said after finishing his routine Friday morning on the

school playground.

Jeremy and classmates in Barbara Chang’s fourth-grade class

practiced for three weeks to perfect their dance steps to such rock

classics as Elvis Presley’s “You Ain’t Nothing But a Hound Dog” and

the Bee Gees’ “Stayin’ Alive.” On Thursday, Chang’s students wore

tie-dyed T-shirts they made themselves.

“I wanted to have fun songs that they’d be exposed to,” Chang

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said.

When asked to comment on his participation in the dance program,

Christopher Ilasco, a student in Jennifer Ortiga’s kindergarten

class, blurted out, “I’m 6-years-old. I’m almost in the first grade.”

Christopher’s mom, Emma Ilasco, attended the performance at the

request of her son.

“I want you to be there to tell me how good I am,” she said her

son told her.

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At the program’s finale, all the children who danced came back out

onto the playground’s blacktop to sing and sign to “Somewhere Over

the Rainbow.”

“It’s a great way for the children to express themselves

creatively, and for the teachers as well,” Principal Jane Clausen

said.


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