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Latin band sparks excitement at Fort Braden

The acclaimed Latin band Orkesta Mendoza has performed in theaters and auditoriums all over the world but rarely in school cafeterias. More than 320 Fort Braden elementary and middle school students were treated to a live concert by the Tucson-based musicians as part of an educational outreach program offered by Opening Nights Performing Arts at Florida State University.

By: Amanda Karioth Thompson, COCA | March 21, 2018

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COCA Spotlight: Gwen Welliver “FSU choreographer creates variation for Graham dancers”

Stepping into the studio with award-winning choreographer and dancer Gwen Welliver, one can hear verbal prompts to “line, fold, rotate,” or “line, fold, chunk,” or even “line, fold, creature.” As a professor at Florida State University’s School of Dance, students shape themselves around these...

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COCA Spotlight: Roger Raepple “Photographer captures ‘dream world’ with slow shutter”

Behind the camera lens, photographer Roger Raepple surveys boneyards of fallen trees where the shoreline shifts and encroaches on a maritime forest. Moody weather and cloud cover serve as the backdrop for his chosen subject matter. The rest of the photo’s ambiance comes together...

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Music Rug Brings Students Together at Buck Lake Elementary School

King Solomon’s legendary flying carpet must have been a stunner. Made of gold and silk, it was fabled to be 60 miles long. Rumor has it, the entire court could hitch a ride.

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COCA Spotlight: Mary Margaret Fernandez “This Month, Storytime at the Grove touches on civil rights”

When describing a house museum, historian Mary Margaret Fernandez wants to sweep away any preconceived notions of a stuffy, cobwebbed exhibition where children are asked to speak in hushed tones.

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Quintet introduces Havana students to musical stories

Capturing the spirit and glamour of the French capital in 1928, George Gershwin’s musical composition “An American in Paris” describes a glittering city, filled with leisurely strolls and honking horns.

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COCA Spotlight: Nancy Redig “Folk dancers take center stage at Matinee of the Arts”

Performer, teacher, and choreographer Nancy Redig’s journey with folk dancing began in a rather unexpected place: Busch Gardens.