Martinsville 4th-graders dance to Spanish lessons (VIDEO)

Fourth-graders marched single file into the gymnasium of Patrick Henry Elementary School on Friday to thunderously loud applause. 

That was from the student body, seated on the floor neatly in rows, ready to watch them perform for Dance Español. Dance Español is a 2-week, in-school dance workshop led by Pedro Szalay, artistic director for Southwest Virginia Ballet. Piedmont Arts sponsored it for the fourth-grade classes at both city schools. In daily, 45-minute sessions, Szalay led the students through dance moves performed to Spanish-language lyrics they sang, along to the rhythm of piano music by Beth Chapman.

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