The culmination of several months work will be on display Friday when 19 students at Westowne Elementary School take the stage for 75-minute performance scheduled to begin at 10 a.m.
Catonsville Middle school sixth-graders Ryan Ritzes and Luke Pound, both Westowne graduates, will emcee the series of dances the students have been practicing since February.
The after-school sessions, designed to teach the history of blacks in America through music, were led by Liz Getsinger, a fifth-grade teacher at the school, and Liz Brill, who teaches fourth-graders at the Baltimore County elementary school.
Getsinger started the after-school club this year after coaching the school's Black Saga Competition team.
The annual Black Saga Competition challenges students to learn about the experience and accomplishments of blacks in America from before 1492 to the present.
While Getsinger's teams succeeded in the competition, the extra studying had made the education more of a grueling experience. To add more fun to learning, she decided to teach black history through music and dance.
Friday's series of 11 songs will begin with "Hoe Emma Hoe," a slaves' work song from the 1800s.
The finale will be a performance by Jack Morgan, the lone third-grade participant, of Michael Jackson's "Thriller."
Jack's sister, Samantha, a Westowne graduate now at Catonsville High School and a talented dancer, according to Getsinger, will also perform during the song.