Do you remember doing any musical theater productions back when you were in school? Maybe you took part in a play by acting the lead. Perhaps you were behind the scenes setting up the props. Whatever the case may be, you understand that theater is a fun escape for lots of kids in school.
That’s why the best teachers highlight these programs as much as they can. But in some school districts, budget limitations reduce spending on the arts. So, a lot of music and theater programs get cut. Luckily, there are some teachers who try to keep this subject alive no matter what.
Just like Malinda Williams
Malinda is a teacher at Baldwin Hills Elementary School in Los Angeles who’s dedicated more than 20 years to education. She loves music and tries to instill that same passion in her students. The kids she teaches are quite young…only in third grade.
She loves Motown music
While this teacher loves all music genres, she has a special place in her heart for Motown tunes. She wanted to take that love and make it into something special. So, she started to think about ways she could get the kids involved.
She organized a show
Since Malinda wanted the kids to learn more about this particular genre of music, she organized the Motown revue show. It featured songs from the 60s and 70s. Then, she had kids from different grade levels perform.
The videos went viral
The videos of these performances were posted on the internet. Because the kids in them are so good, they went viral right away. People wanted to see more of the talented students grooving to some of the best music from the era.
Malinda explained why she did it
When speaking to a representative from the Huffington Post, Malinda explained why she wanted to organize this show. She said, “Motown music and old school R&B music were consistently played in my house growing up. I fell in love with it. Once I became an educator, I felt compelled to share what I learned growing up with my students.”
One video in particular got a lot of attention
There are many videos involving these students on the web. But one became particularly popular. Now, people from all over the world have seen it and fallen in love with these dedicated performers.
Students perform “I Want You Back”
When you think of the most famous Motown songs, what comes to mind? For many people, it’s the song, “I Want You Back” by the Jackson 5. The kids in this video dance and jam out to the music.
They’re super talented
When the kids step onto stage, you can tell they’re very young. For that reason, you don’t expect much right away. But as soon as the music starts, they begin to show off their amazing skills.
They’re fantastic dancers
The main part of this performance is the dancing, and these kids nailed it. There’s no question they remembered all the dance moves. While performing, they never miss a beat. Although young, they even dance in almost perfect synchronization.
An inspirational teacher
Malinda is good at what she does, which is obvious when her kids deliver. But she’s more than just a good teacher. She should be an inspiration to educators everywhere for going above and beyond in her work.
You have to check out this incredible video for yourself.
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