On Friday, July 13th, the Museum of Art offered BYU’s campus and community a taste of culture from the many regions of the Middle East. In conjunction with the Beauty and Belief exhibition, the museum’s Dancing with the Star and Crescent: Music and Dance of the Middle East workshops taught visitors about Islamic culture.
The three, well-attended workshops were a great success. The afternoon whirled away in music and dance, and the two instructors did a fantastic job of engaging and teaching both children and adults.
Musicians Dr. Lloyd Miller and Katherine St. John used Middle Eastern instruments to teach the attendees about the many musical styles of the regions of the Middle East. Spoons were provided for all to play along with the music. Dance assistant Katherine Mecham led the groups in dance.
“The kids loved learning the different dances. The instructors brought in beautiful costumes and scarves and taught us where each outfit is worn and why,” shared Romy Banfield, student assistant in museum education.
Click here to watch a clip from one of the workshops.