Teaching artist and choreographer Amelia Terrapin has created movement-based lessons that accompany the ZERI fables, using basic elements of dance as a tool for learning. Each lesson draws on the wisdom presented in each story, deliberately blending academics, creativity and emotional intelligence into one integrated experience.
Example learning objectives for "Why Don't They Like Me":
scientific concept: explore and understand the difference between tensile and compression strength emotional concept: take the best that each person offers to create something better than one person could create on their own.
By deliberately blending academics, creativity and emotional intelligence, we create learning opportunities that allow children to deepen their understanding of the systemic nature of life: everything is connected! We allow each child's unique intelligences to emerge while deepening scientific literacy. The ZERI fable dances frame science not as a limited problem with a single correct response, but rather as a creative endeavor of infinite possibility.
To find out more about Amelia and her approach to science education, visit www.mobiusmoves.com
Cabas was born in Barranquilla, Colombia. His father Eduardo, a musician and composer himself, began teaching Cabas music at the age of five. At six, Cabas formally studied piano and became skilled at this and various other instruments, including percussion. Through his teenage years in Bogotá, he acquired a taste for classical music, rock and roll, electronic music, and also for his native cumbia and fandango music. He was also inspired by his former music teacher at the Colegio San Carlos, Helbert Ballestas, who helped him develop the idea of fusing Colombian and rock music.
As a young adult, Cabas traveled, first to Paris and later New York; it was in New York's nightclubs that he met prominent figures of jazz and salsa, inspiring him to write and compose music. Perhaps paradoxically, New York was also an unhappy phase in Cabas' life, where he felt alienated and depressed. The period resulted in his self-titled album, Cabas, in 2000 which became a huge success in Colombia. His single "Mi Bombón" ("My Bon-bon" or "My Candy") topped the country's charts for three consecutive months, earning him a gold disc and a double platinum disc. To consolidate this success, Cabas toured Colombia, Venezuela and Ecuador in 2001.
In 2002, Cabas began to promote his music in other parts of Latin America and the United States, receiving positive feedback from critics and an article in Billboard magazine. He performed his first concert in the United States in late 2002. Cabas performed with artists like Lenny Kravitz in Mexico, Shakira, and Miguel Bosé in Spain.
In 2003, his second album Contacto (Contact) could be said to define his style. Contact mixed percussion and drums with bass and rock beats, and the first single, "La Caderona" ("The Big-hipped woman"), had success similar to "Mi Bombón". Cabas' first music video, for the song "Leche" ("Milk"), premiered on MTV Latin America. Another single, "Bolita de Trapo" ("Little Rug Ball"), also topped the charts in Colombia, Venezuela and Ecuador. After this success, Cabas decided to launch a French tour.
His participation in a tribute concert to the musician Carlos Santana increased his exposure. Cabas earned a Latin Grammy Award nomination for Best New Artist, a celebration in which he gained notoriety for simply walking to the awards instead of taking a limousine. At the MTV Latin Awards he was nominated for Best Rock Album and Best Rock Interpretation, and for the People's Prize and Best Rock Video for the Lo Nuestro Awards.
In 2005, Cabas recorded his third album, Puro Cabas (Pure Cabas), in El Cielo Recording Studios, Monterrey, Mexico, with the support of famous Colombian composer Kike Santander, musician Sargento García, and producers Toy Hernandez and Sacha Triujeque. Puro Cabas proved to be another huge success. Cabas' first single, "La Cadena de Oro" ("The Gold Chain"), was a major hit in Latin America, along with its music video that stayed in MTV's top ten for some time. The song was even featured on the soundtrack of the video game FIFA 07. It was followed immediately by his second single, "Increíble" ("Incredible"), and performances in various Latin American music festivals.
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