From Kou Kou to Merengue to Polka, ‘Cantos’ event celebrates MPS’ diverse cultures

Friday event presented by the Marcus Center, UWM, the Forest County Potawatomi Community Foundation and MPS includes cultural performances from 15 MPS schools

MILWAUKEE – Can you Kou Kou?140501 longfellow

A group of students from Milwaukee Public Schools’ Oliver Wendell Holmes School can – and they’re among the students from 15 MPS schools who will showcase the district’s diverse cultures Friday at Cantos de las Americas.

In addition to Kou Kou – a West African celebration dance – students will present song and dance performances that trace their roots to Asia, Europe, North America and South America. Students in MPS speak close to 50 different languages.

The Friday, May 2 multicultural celebration to be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts first began in 1990 and is presented by the Marcus Center, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, the Forest County Potawatomi Community Foundation and MPS. The Marcus Center is located at 929 N. Water Street, Milwaukee 53202.140501 holmes

“This is an incredible opportunity for the public to see the diverse cultures in our community and in our schools come together and celebrate,” MPS Superintendent Gregory Thornton said.

Schools and performances include:

– Oliver Wendell Holmes School: Kou Kou and Funga Alafia (West African)
– South Division High School: Thai Dance
– ALAS High School: La Negra, Mexcian Folklore
– Alexander Mitchell Integrated Arts School: Latin Dance Team compilation
– Morgandale School: Rock and Roll en Espanol, Rock de los Gatos
– Milwaukee Spanish Immersion School – Hasta Que Salga El Sol
– Escuela Vieau: Polka, Swing the Mood140501 hayes
– Academia de Lenguaje y Bellas Artes (ALBA): Naci Aqui, El Gavilancillo
– Allen-Field Elementary School: Kette-Gahu and Sykyi Odyssey (W. African/Cuban)
– Albert E. Kagel Elementary School: A Tribute to Celia Cruz
– La Causa Charter School: ‘Vivir Mi Vida’ by Marc Anthony
– H.W. Longfellow School: Tiempo para Vals (Quinceañera dance)
– La Escuela Fratney: Salsa, Bachata, Merengue
– Greenfield Bilingual School: Popurri de Perez Prado (Mambo)
– Hayes Bilingual School: La Bruja


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