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Please join "Danny G" for a children's program exploring Music & Movement Moments through the Traditions of the Southern Philippines

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Please join the Manilatown Heritage Foundation for our next Kommunity Kultura program on Saturday, April 17th!

Kommunity Kultura is our traditional Philippine music, movement and cultural education program usually taking place at San Francisco’s International Hotel Manilatown Center but coming to you on this date online via Zoom. Each of our family-friendly workshops focus on a new topic, are oftentimes hands-on, and are accessible to all ages and levels of ability.

This month Manilatown is happy to be back in our International Hotel Manilatown Center home where we will be featuring one of the members of our house traditional ensemble Kultura Kapwa. Daniel Giray will be presenting Kul-Kids: Music & Movement Moments through the Traditions of the Southern Philippines.

This family-friendly program geared particularly for our Preschool through 5th grade community members will engage, inspire, move and educate the youth through rhymes, raps, and warm ups. "Danny G" will introduce hand talk and floor work exercises to get the class ready for dances and songs featuring the kulintang gong tradition. Students will learn the geographical location of the Philippines in relation to the rest of the world and then explore the traditions specifically related to the Southern Philippines.

Danny G will introduce the colorful costumes of Mindanao, including the Malong, and its many uses as demonstrated in the Kapamalong-malong dance, the Sagayan sword and shield warrior healing dance, the beautiful Pangalay fingernail dance and an original love bird storytelling dance accompanied by the Saronay instrument. Participants will be introduced to each musical instrument that makes up the kulintang ensemble and will learn basic rhythms that they can play along with the ensemble by clapping the rhythms at home.

This workshop promises to be a very entertaining learning experience for all ages that will inspire an appreciation of the importance of ancestral culture - but most importantly, we will all have FUN!!

Please join us for another enlightening Kommunity Kultura event by registering here at EventBrite!

Kommunity Kultura is supported in part by the California Arts Council, a state agency and the Alliance for California Traditional Artists.

For more information about Kommunity Kultura or the Manilatown Heritage Foundation please email us at mhf@manilatown.org.

Daniel Giray is perhaps better known to children as "Danny G" from his former children's dance and movement show entitled "Danny G's Incredible Learning Fun Times". He is a teaching artist, dancer, musician and choreographer.

Daniel was a Master-Artist for the Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts and was the Artistic Director of the Young Extensions Children's Dance Theatre. He also taught an outreach program for Zohar School of Dance in Palo Alto, teaching underprivileged youth where he received several California Arts Council Artist-in-Residence awards.

Daniel was a founding member of Citi-Centre Dance Theatre in the 1980's, performing modern jazz and he also performed for the Berkeley Ballet. He directed a traditional Southern Philippine dance and music ensemble called Kulintang Dance Theatre and was a former student of Kulintang Master Danongan Kalanduyan. He has taught dance at San Francisco State University and for the San Francisco Ballet's “Dance In Schools” program. He now teaches in the Redwood City and San Carlos School Districts and choreographs musicals for San Carlos Children's Theater (SCCT). His performing groups from SCCT took First Place at the Redwood City Hometown Holiday Festival twice.

Daniel's background includes training in jazz, modern, ballet, musical theater, Southern Philippine music and dance, hip-hop and children's dance therapy. He has choreographed the musicals Footloose, Little Mermaid, Big Fish, In the Heights, Big Fish, 9-5, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and Pipin, to name a few, for high schools around the Bay Area. He is now an active member of Kultura Kapwa, a traditional Philippine ensemble and The Autonomous Region, a Filipino-American Jazz ensemble that rehearse and perform at the historic International Hotel Manilatown Center.


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