Zurii Conroy Weaves a Tale at Reading: A Family Affair

March 5, 2012 at 11:04 AM | Posted in AmeriCorps, Announcements, Class, Development, ESOL, Family Learning, Teaching, Tutoring, Volunteers | Comments Off on Zurii Conroy Weaves a Tale at Reading: A Family Affair
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Zurii Conroy will Perform at Reading: A Family Affair

Zurii Conroy will weave an intricate tale on March 24, 2012, at Reading: A Family Affair (RAFA); the event will be held at the James Lee Community Center. Zurii began her journey into storytelling when she was in the third grade.  Exposure to this oral tradition, coupled with encouragement from teachers, peers, and family, enabled Zurii to realize that she possessed a talent, one that needed to be shared. In the sixth grade, she began storytelling professionally under the name “Princess Zurii.”

Zurii shares:  “Being one of the few young professional storytellers, I am able to develop a connection with youth in a way that helps them to view storytelling in a modern light.  I think that since younger audiences can identify with me, they can envision storytelling as something that they can do, and make it their own. This is especially evident when I share my tale of how I became a storyteller. My family and teachers ensured my exposure to and success with literacy. I enjoy opportunities to do the same with others.”

A proponent of literacy, Zurii has brought the gift of storytelling to people of all ages, performing at various venues such as birthday parties, schools, colleges, hospitals, churches, libraries, community events, plays, and festivals. Also an actress, Zurii has performed on both the stage and television.

At Reading: A Family Affair, Zurii Conroy will perform in the Hear a Book Room at 11:30 AM and 12:15 PM.  Come out this March 24, 2012, and celebrate literacy with Zurii Conroy who’ll convince you – You are a storyteller too!

Download the Reading: A Family Affair poster. Spread the word about RAFA.

Literacy Council of Northern Virginia
2855 Annandale Road
Falls Church, VA 22042
(703) 237-0866
www.lcnv.org

Kalavaridhi Dance School at Reading: A Family Affair

February 28, 2012 at 3:06 PM | Posted in AmeriCorps, Announcements, Class, Development, ESOL, Family Learning, Teaching, Tutoring, Volunteers | 1 Comment
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Come watch Sheela Ramanath & the Kalavaridhi Dance School at LCNV's Reading: A Family Affair

Get ready to be awed by the Kalavaridhi Dance School at the sixth annual Reading: A Family Affair (RAFA).  The Kalavaridhi Dance School brings books to life through Bharatanatyam, an Indian classical dance form that dates back to 1000 B.C. RAFA will take place Saturday, March 24, 2012; it will run from  9:30 AM to 2:30 PM at the James Lee Community Center.

After training with Guru Bhanumati for over a decade, Sheela Ramanath moved to the United States and started her own dance school, Kalavaridhi, in 2001. Kalavaridhi is a Sanskrit word, meaning Ocean of Art. Sheela states: Art is like the ocean – boundless, mysterious, and intriguing. A lifetime is hardly sufficient to explore any art form to its fullest. The experience of art is truly humbling; the more you learn, the less you know. In art, the journey is itself the destination. Founding Kalavaridhi was the natural progression of Sheela’s artistic journey.

Sheela builds upon her gurus’ teaching methods, creatively adapting them to each student. Even in grouped settings, she coaches each student individually. Through lecture-demonstrations and illustrated recitals, she strives to mold young artists into versatile dancers. Following the traditional curriculum for Bharatanatyam, Sheela teaches both the theoretical as well as practical aspects at each level. She draws upon real-life comparisons to help communicate depth of feeling. A group of 8 to 9 senior Kalavaridhi students will be performing this March 24, 2012 at Reading: A Family Affair.

The Kalavaridhi Dance School will awe and dazzle you with their dramatic art of story-telling and pure dance movements. Come watch their dramatic hand gestures, and elaborate eye and neck movements.  At they pat their feet,  you’ll enter into a new and enchanted world that only the Kalavaridhi Dance School could create.

Download the Reading: A Family Affair poster! Spread the word this upcoming family event!

Literacy Council of Northern Virginia
2855 Annandale Road, Falls Church, VA 22042
(703) 237-0866
www.lcnv.org

Barbara Effron at LCNV’s Reading: A Family Affair

February 16, 2012 at 2:50 PM | Posted in AmeriCorps, Announcements, Class, Development, ESOL, Family Learning, Teaching, Tutoring, Volunteers | 1 Comment
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Hear Master Storyteller, Barbara Effron, at Reading: A Family Affair

Come and listen to Barbara Effron at LCNV’s 6th Annual Reading: A Family Affair, which takes place Saturday, March 24, 2012; the event runs from 9:30 AM to 2:30 PM, and will be held at the James Lee Community Center.  

A master storyteller, Barbara Effron combines folk, traditional, and modern tales with songs and audience participation. Since 1983, she has entertained children and adults in the Washington Metropolitan Area with enchanting tales and musical stories. Barbara has performed at various venues including the White House, Kennedy Center, Smithsonian, and Busch Gardens.

Attend Reading: A Family Affair and visit the HEAR a Book room where Barbara will capture your  imagination, and take you to far-flung places and fascinating people. Her passion for storytelling will be enhanced with music and audience participation.  So get ready to take a ride to a magical place, as Barbara leads you with the sound of her guitar.

To learn more, visit: Reading: A Family Affair.

Literacy Council of Northern Virginia
2855 Annandale Road
Falls Church, VA 22042
(703) 237-0866 x 109
www.lcnv.org

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