Dance tells story of tech ad­dic­tion

Canning Times - - NEWS -

A DANCE that warns of the dan­gers of tech­nol­ogy ad­dic­tion has helped Park­wood Pri­mary School emerge vic­to­ri­ous at the state fi­nals of a na­tional story-dance com­pe­ti­tion.

The school was the joint win­ner of the State Cham­pi­onships of the Wakakirri Story-Dance Fes­ti­val last Thurs­day and their dance will now be judged by a na­tional panel for the chance to win the over­all ti­tle.

A Wakakirri story-dance is a three to seven-minute per­for­mance that tells a story us­ing a com­bi­na­tion of danc­ing, act­ing and cre­ative move­ment to music.

Per­form­ing arts teacher Carly Hart said she was proud of the stu­dents’ achieve­ment given this was the first year they had com­peted.

“Park­wood Pri­mary School has not been in­volved in Wakakirri for the last seven years so these stu­dents had no idea what to ex­pect, they just ap­plied them­selves and did their best,” she said.

“I have never been in­volved in Wakakirri ei­ther so we all went on this learn­ing jour­ney to­gether.”

Ms Hart said their dance techNOlife aimed to en­cour­age peo­ple to put away elec­tronic de­vices and en­joy the smaller things in life.

“Peo­ple are find­ing it harder to put away tech­nol­ogy and en­joy their lives and in­ter­ac­tions with the world around them; they be­come ad­dicted, choos­ing their tech­no­log­i­cal de­vices over hu­man in­ter­ac­tions and sim­ple en­joy­able ex­pe­ri­ences,” she said.

“Lis­ten­ing to the news, watch­ing peo­ple’s in­ter­ac­tions in so­ci­ety and dis­cussing with peo­ple from var­i­ous places what they think some big is­sues are for our kids, tech­nol­ogy came up a bit with con­cern about its im­pact on youth.”

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