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Norwalk, CT | Added on May 01, 2015 At 01:59 PM

"The arts are such an important part of society and culture and they so often get undermined by sports and other activities," said Charlie Rasmussen, Talent Education Suzuki School (TESS) cello teacher.  "So it's great to see the high level of appreciation for the arts." 

Over 300 Fox Run Elementary School students from grades K-5 had the chance to explore various forms of art from local professionals Friday morning. It's part of the school's annual Celebration of the Arts event, a nearly 15-year school tradition, which brings together local demonstrators to the gymnasium to share a wide variety of artistic talents with students.  

"The kids look forward to it every year," said Sharon Defala, volunteer and event chairperson. "They get to be out of the classroom and they're in a learning environment, but it's a learning environment in which they're hearts and minds and bodies are all fully engaged with the different arts and it really connects with them on a broader basis."  

Groups of students rotated around the gymnasium meeting demonstrators from Talent Education Suzuki School, Dance Dimensions, Crystal Theatre and Little Birdie Parties, and other artists.  

"Sally Nacker, our poet, this is her third year in a row and Little Birdie Parities, this is her second year with us and TESS Suzuki school, this is their third or fourth year with us," said Defala. 

"They get great exercise, they get to perform," said Char Fromenti Dance Dimensions of Norwalk owner. "I think every child has an innate ability to dance and they want to dance, they watch it on TV. They come in knowing some of their heroes are dancers. So it's great and it's fun." 

"It's really important to teach kids about music because it offers so many opportunities to them," said Rasmussen. "It's a great discipline to study, it helps them excel in math, science and it's also a great life skill." 


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