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All Around This World is a unique, interactive global music and world cultures program for children 0-9 years old  that encourages children and their families to explore the world by enjoying global music, rhythms and movement. Jay Sand, guitarist and children’s music teacher, world traveler and dad of three girls developed All Around This World with his girls as a way to introduce them to the countries he’s already visited and the many more he plans to visit with them. Through CDs, concerts and workshops, dynamic online lessons, elementary school curriculum, “musical maps” and parent-child classes Jay hopes to make the world a bit smaller one song at a time.

 


ALL AROUND THIS WORLD NEWS

by Jay

Summer Tour! Jay is coming to visit

Photo -- Jay Sand Global Orchestra1Will we see you this summer? Here are Jay’s current tour dates. Some dates he’ll play solo, others with the burgeoning Von Sand Family Singers.

Von Sand in drums outside of Reading Terminal June 2016

July 5: Cleveland, OH — Private House Party, 5pm [Photos and video coming soon]

July 6: Grand Rapids, MI — Private House Party, 7pm [Photos and video coming soon]

July 7: Chicago, IL — Private House Party, 7pm [Photos and video coming soon]

July 8: Skokie, IL — Junior Gan Israel Camp, 2pm [Photos coming soon]

July 9: Chicago, ILPrivate House Party, 7pm [Photos and video coming soon]

July 10: Davenport, IA — Concert for Children! 2pm: Faith United Methodist Church, 3322 W. Lombard St, Davenport, IA 52804

July 13: Alamosa, COAlamosa Public Library, 10am [Photos coming soon]

July 13: Salida, COBoys and Girls Club of Salida, 340 E. 5th Street, 3pm [Photos coming soon]

July 13: Salida, CO — Private World Music Jam, 7pm [Photos and video coming soon]

July 15: Broomfield, CO — [Photos coming soon]

July 15: Boulder, CO: Boulder Jewish Community Center, [Photos coming soon]

July 15: Boulder, CO — Private House Party, 7pm 

July 19: Salt Lake City, UTDiscovery Gateway, 1pm — small class, 2pm — big all-ages show [Photos coming soon]

July 21: Missoula, MT –– Pop-up show at the Missoula Carousel [Photos and video coming soon]

July 22: Missoula MT Top Hat Lounge, (Family night) 6pm [Photos and video coming soon]

July 23: Seattle, WA — 5pm, sponsored by the Kadima Reconstructionist Community, 832 32nd Ave, Seattle, Washington 98122

July 24: Seattle, WA — Seattle Jewish Community School, 10am, 12351 8th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98125 [Photos coming soon]

July 24: Kirkland, WA: Children’s concert at Metropolitan Music in Totem Square, 3pm. Immediately afterward, ~4pm, Grown-ups concert and world music jam (kids welcome) at Northwest Cellars Winery in Totem Square ($5 cover charge per adult). [Photos and video coming soon]

Daniel Miller, of Rockory Music School will be opening for both concerts.

July 26: Kirkland, WA — Kirkland Summer Concert Series—Tuesday Children’s Concerts, Kirkland Marina Gazebo, Juanita Beach Park, 10am [Photos and video coming soon]

July 26: Oak Harbor, WAOak Harbor Public Library, 3pm, 5pm [Photos coming soon]

July 27: Langley, WA Langley Public Library 10am [Photos coming soon]

July 27: Coupeville, WA Coupeville Public Library 1pm [Photos coming soon]

July 28: Mukilteo, WA Mukilteo Public Library 10:30am

July 29: Portland, OR Multnomah County Central Library, 10:30am

July 30: Portland, OR –Rox in Sox, festival is 10-3pm, I’m going on at about 2:30.

July 30: Portland, ORCreative Roots Learning Center (possible — Contact Jay for info), 4pm

July 31: Portland, OR Hillsdale Library, 3pm

July 31: Eugene, OR — Private House Party [Contact Jay for info]

August 5: Foster City, CAPeninsula JCC, 12:30pm

August 7: Oakland, CATemple Beth Abraham, 10am

August 8: Santa Cruz, CADiscovery Learning Center, 10am for 5 and under [REGISTER], 11am for 9 and under [REGISTER]

August 12: South Pasadena, CA — Private House Party [Contact Jay for info]

August 19: Kansas City, MO — 2 classes at All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church, 5-10 year-olds and under (plus parents) at 10am, 6-10 year-olds (parents optional) at 11 am, $5/student $15/family max

August 19: Independence, MO — Cotillion Room and Gardenall-ages concert, $5/ student $15/family max, 2pm

August 22: Louisville, KYLouisville Main Library, 10am

August 22: Louisville, KY Highlands-Shelby Park Library, 4pm

August 23: Asheville, NC — TBA [Contact Jay for info]

August 27: Fiarfax, VA — Private House Party [Contact Jay for info]

See a gap in the calendar that you can fill? Anything’s possible.

SATURDAY, JUNE 11 — Morris Dance Workshop for Kids (Philadelphia)

THIS SATURDAY, JUNE 11, Morris Dancing Workshop for little kids in Philadelphia sponsored by All Around This World. Morris Dancing is fantabulously fun folk dancing from England, like in the video above. (though, okay, we won’t be able to exactly do what they’re doing. or wear exactly what they’re wearing). Workshop leader Leslie Talon is a founding member of The Friendly Folk Dancers and Renegade Morris. She has danced with Fiddlekicks and the Germantown Country Dancers. She is a children’s librarian and has a background in dance and movement.

DATE: June 11, 2016
TIME: 1pm. (approximately 45 minutes)
LOCATION: International House Philadelphia, 3701 Chestnut Street in West Philly
COST: $5 per person over 2 years old, at most $15 per family. International House Members and kids 2 and under FREE.
AGES: Appropriate for families with children from toddlers to 8 years old.

TICKET INFORMATION HERE.

International Dance Party (Philadelphia)

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UPDATE (APRIL 8): Rah Rah Rah! What a great turnout at the dance party. We recorded videos for a dozen dances and doing it was a ton of fun. Photos to come.

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YOU AND YOUR KIDS ARE INVITED to an international dance party this Wednesday, March 23rd, 9:30 am to 12:30 pm at the Rotunda in West Philly! (4014 Walnut Street.) Bring your children of all ages, from infants in arms on up, and learn a dozen international cultural dances with me, Jay Sand, founder and lead teacher of All Around This World. Hungarian Romani dancing? Check. Filipino Tinikling? A Cajun Two-Step? Klemzer? Yemenite? Good ol’ American disco? Check check check.

I will teach dances aplenty and take your mind off your older kids’ Philly public school spring break. The dance party is FREE — come when you want, stay as long as you like.

Take note: While everyone is dancing two of my friends will be taking video for me to use for teacher training purposes and on YouTube. If you’re in the witness protection program and don’t even want your knees shown on YouTube, let me know.

No tickets required, though I’d be happy if you RSVP.

Wednesday, March 23–International Dance Party (Philadelphia)

sand18YOU AND YOUR KIDS ARE INVITED to an international dance party this Wednesday, March 23rd, 9:30 am to 12:30 pm at the Rotunda in West Philly! (4014 Walnut Street.) Bring your children of all ages, from infants in arms on up, and learn a dozen international cultural dances with me, Jay Sand, founder and lead teacher of All Around This World. Hungarian Romani dancing? Check. Filipino Tinikling? A Cajun Two-Step? Klemzer? Yemenite? Good ol’ American disco? Check check check. Continue Reading →

Lebanese dance workshop for kids (Philadelphia)

AATW-Michele-Tayoun-at-I-House-2016-01-09-photo-spread2On January 9th Philadelphia families did the Lebanese dabke at International House with the wonderful Michele Tayoun. Michele taught us rhythms, fancy footwork and, most importantly, how to have the utmost fun while we dance.

Upcoming workshops:

— February 13: Flamenco dance and music
— March 5: Greek dancing
— April 9: Irish dancing
— May 21: Italian dancing and songs
— June 11: British Morris dancing

Turkish Folk Music Workshop for Kids (Philadelphia)

AATW-Baris-Kaya-at-I-House-2016-01-09-photo-spreadPhiladelphia families ended 2015 with a bang — or, more accurately, with a Dum and a Tek — as fantabulous Turkish musician Baris Kaya and polyinstrumentalist William Tayoun joined us at International House for a Turkish folk music workshop. We sang, we danced, we sang some more. Then we danced. Then we went home and took a really refreshing nap.

— January 9: Lebanese dance
— February 13: Flamenco dance and music
— March 5: Greek dancing
— April 9: Irish dancing
— May 21: Italian dancing and songs
— June 11: British Morris dancing

Limited time: Booking House Parties, Group Classes and Solo Shows for a Nationwide Summer Tour

AATW-Summer-Tour-2016-rough-routeLet’s get this show on the road! This very summer, 2016, I’m piling the guitar, some amps and a few children (my own) into the station wagon and heading west from Philadelphia to sing and explore. I already have some shows lined up but for a limited time still have room in the schedule for a few group classes — just for you and a dozen of your closest friends — house parties (for both kids and grown-ups), interactive cultural workshops other sneaky solo gigs in July and August. I’m planning to hit Chicago, Denver, SLC/Idaho, Seattle/Portland, the Bay Area, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Topeka/Lawrence Kansas, St. Louis, Louisville/Lexington, Cincinnati, Morgantown WV and many places between. Here are the dates. Want to sing together with your kids in your living room? BOOK IT.

For a little inspiration, here’s footage I dug up from last summer’s All Around This World Global Orchestra International Make Your Own Instrument Day concert at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia. I won’t be bringing the band this summer, but we’ll do plan to romp around the Northeast next fall.

YOUTUBE!

Those of you who are already Explore Everywhere subscribers or have been in the All Around This World loop for a while know I’ve spent my share of time over the last couple years translating AATW’s family-friendly multicultural musical lessons into videos. I’ve kept almost all of these videos among students or subscribers, mainly sharing them with a password on Vimeo. Though I’ve kind of had a YouTube site for a while I haven’t done a thing with it. The time has come to open the vault.

In 2016 I’m going to put real love into creating, crafting and curating a YouTube channel that families everywhere can use as a jumping-off point to use music, dance and other engaging lessons to explore the world. And goodness gracious, does that mean getting back to Twitter @AATWMusic too…?

You’ll find my YouTube merriment here:

http://www.youtube.com/allaroundthisworld

There’s original content on the channel yet, but soon you won’t be able to stop me. Posted above you’ll find a (literally) small sampling of the large stock of All Around This World videos subscribers will enjoy. Hey, you should subscribe! In fact, while you’re here and thinking about it, SUBSCRIBE NOW.