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Greenwich Academy Girls Sing and Swing

Lower School students from Greenwich Academy danced and sang along to traditional songs performed by Peter and Mary Alice Amidon, who for the past 20 years have engaged students in games, stories, dances and song.

The Amidons arrived at the school Wednesday morning, instruments in tow, ready for a series of fun workshops for Group I, II and III students. According to Mary Lou Evans, director of communications for the academy, there was only one direction the girls had trouble with—"No giggling!"

All Lower Schoolers gathered in the afternoon for a performance by the duo of folk tales from around the world and singing games for the students. The girls sang a variety of songs in response to stories by the Amidons about growing up. The folk tales came from other cultures, including from Eskimos and Zimbabwe. The Amidons accompanied some of the stories with gentle strains from their guitar, accordion and concertina.

Adults were invited to join the girls in rousing dances, including "Sasha, Sasha," which required careful attention and the ability to keep up with the quickening pace of clapping hand movements, arm-in-arm swinging and changing partners. The assembly culminated in the Amidons' rendition of "What a Wonderful World," inviting the girls to sing along and embellish the tune with hand gestures.

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