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After 25 years of research, best-selling author and retired PE teacher Frank Russel Ross has compiled a thorough collection of African American folk and social dances for students from pre-K through adult. Highly recommended for the school curriculum-never to be forgotten and always to be enjoyed. These lesson plans, with historical background, align with the National Dance and Physical Education Standards! From Ring Plays to popular Line and Hand Dances, this great "how-to" book introduces all kinds of African American cultural dances along with a brief introduction to each time period.
"With great love and respect, I dedicate this book to my mother and father, who taught me many African American cultural dances,"-Frank Russel Ross
Includes the Grand March instructional CD
About the Author
Frank Russel Ross attended Cleveland Public Schools and graduated from John Adams High School. At Central State University, he was an All-American in track and field athletics and inducted into the Central Statue University Athletic Hall of Fame. He was the lead off leg on the institution's world-ranked mile relay team in 1966.
Frank was also a member of the university folk dance group under the directorship of Mrs. Barbara Symmonds. He graduated from central State University in 1967 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Health and Physical education. He then taught physical education in the Cleveland Public Schools and studied folk dancing under Mrs. Marissa Lucasi of Romania. Frank received his Masters Degree in Education, Guidance and Counseling from John Carroll University.
He worked as a school desegregation coordinator in the Cleveland Heights/ University Heights Public School District under title VII and as a guidance counselor, physical education health teacher, and coordinator of Heights Alternative School.
He has given lectures on African American Dance at the Smithsonian Institution and in cities from New York to Los Angeles. He recently received two commendation awards from the National Dance Association for facilitating the first African American Cultural Dance workshop at the 2009 AAHPERD convention in Tampa, Florida. Although he is officially retired, he continues to present African American Cultural Dance workshops throughout the United States.
As a leader on African American Cultural Dance, Frank is the Concept
founder of the National African American Cultural Dancer: The Grand March
(The Black Wedding/ Family Reunion Social Unity Dance) movement.
News, Press, and Reviews"As a schoolboy in Cleveland, Frank Ross learned the tarantella, hora, csardas, polka, Mexican hat dance and other cultural dances. He wondered when he was going to learn about African-American dance." ~Donald Rosenburg, The Plain Dealer, Cleveland, OH
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