For the last 10 years Lavaroots Performing Arts has created and executed the wonderful Summer Arts program in North Hawaii under the direction of Michal Anna Carrillo. Through collaboration with The Kahilu Theatre Foundation, the program has been hosted by the Kahilu Theatre for seven years, three years at the Waimea Country School, and last year at HPA. We are excited to have the opportunity to enjoy both Waimea Country School and HPA for Summer Arts 2018!
Summer Arts is generously supported by The Dorrance Family Foundation.
The Roots of Hip Hop 2015
The word “hip” comes from a Wolof (Senegalese) word meaning intelligent, the word “hop” is an English word meaning movement. So this year we explored the concepts of intelligent movement & a body full of wisdom, through performing arts and more!
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Lavaroots Performing Arts is dedicated to bringing dance and music to the youth of our beautiful island. Michal Anna Carrillo has been a teaching artist in the schools through the Big Island Dance Council for the last nine years. These dance programs usually entail 6-10 weeks of weekly classes for grades k-8 where children have the opportunity to learn a routine and present it to their school and community. Over 500 students were served through this program in 2014. This kind of programming not only builds confidence and self-esteem, bus also promotes left and right brain integration and gives the children a deeper foundation for learning other subjects that they will encounter in their schooling.
In November 2013 Lavaroots offered 2 school shows at the Kahilu Theature, reaching over 900 students.
In September 2014 as a beneficiary of the Kona Brewers Festival Bill Healy Foundation grant, Lavaroots offered two school shows for Big Island students at Kohala Elementary and Hulualoa Elementary School featuring the full cast of “Yankady, Here is Good” including 3 West African Master Artists.
We are in our second year of running our “Rhythm of the Soil” program in three Big Island schools; Kohala Elementary, Innovations Charter School and Kona Pacific School. This program merges Guinea dance and drum with organic gardening and focuses on how we are grand creators and affect ourselves, environment and each other each day with our mana. It is a motivating and empowering program.
Currently over 1500 students are served through our educational outreach programs in Big Island Schools, our intention is to expand our programming to serve more students which is made possible by receiving the generous support of our community. If you are interested in supporting our youth programs please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information on Educational Outreach see our IN SCHOOL section.