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Faith Bemiss | DemocratCamp Blue Sky Jambo African Arts Adventure had a special interactive presentation by Vanessa and Rodney Gibbs on Thursday in the Stauffacher Theater at State Fair Community College. Vanessa, leaping high, was teaching the children an African-style dance as her husband played the drums behind them. The couple, from Kansas City, demonstrated dance techniques from West Africa, Mali and Senegal. Camp Blue Sky board chair Barbara Cooney said approximately 125 to 130 campers attended the art camp this year, ranging in age from preschool through ninth grade.
Faith Bemiss | DemocratCamp Blue Sky Jambo African Arts Adventure had a special interactive presentation by Vanessa and Rodney Gibbs on Thursday in the Stauffacher Theater at State Fair Community College. Vanessa, leaping high, was teaching the children an African-style dance as her husband played the drums behind them. The couple, from Kansas City, demonstrated dance techniques from West Africa, Mali and Senegal. Camp Blue Sky board chair Barbara Cooney said approximately 125 to 130 campers attended the art camp this year, ranging in age from preschool through ninth grade.
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Faith Bemiss | Democrat


Camp Blue Sky Jambo African Arts Adventure had a special interactive presentation by Vanessa and Rodney Gibbs on Thursday in the Stauffacher Theater at State Fair Community College. Vanessa, leaping high, was teaching the children an African-style dance as her husband played the drums behind them. The couple, from Kansas City, demonstrated dance techniques from West Africa, Mali and Senegal. Camp Blue Sky board chair Barbara Cooney said approximately 125 to 130 campers attended the art camp this year, ranging in age from preschool through ninth grade.


Faith Bemiss | Democrat


Rodney Gibbs talks with campers about the drum he is holding, a Dejemba or hand drum while his granddaughter Jayveona Whitlew, 13, plays the Jun-Jun and grandson Andre Johnson, 12, looks on. Gibbs said the hand drum always has a strap so it can be worn over the shoulder, allowing the drummer to follow the singers around the village.


Faith Bemiss | Democrat


Students in Janice Hargrave’s “Words and Music” class at Camp Blue Sky have made African style drums out of fried chicken buckets this week. The campers will use them to create words and rhythms, Cooney said.


Faith Bemiss | Democrat


Special guest artist Milton Gray, of Kansas City, presents his storytelling program, “Africa Alive,” to 40 seventh, eighth and ninth graders at Camp Blue Sky in the Thompson-O’Sullivan Studio Theater inside the Yeater Building at SFCC on Thursday. Gray began his program by having the young people sing along with him a song native to Ghana West Africa. Both Gray and the Gibbs’s are affiliated with Kansas City Young Audiences.


 
 
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