The CMS stage became a celebration of friendship, being true to yourself, and taking pride in your heritage when Hudson-based performance group Diata Diata visited Chatham Middle School January 26. All members of the same family, the performers shared traditional dances, drumming and folktales from Congo to spread an infectiously positive vibe throughout the students in the audience.
“These dances are older than any of us. Some of them go back hundreds of years,” explained the group’s matriarch, Pamela Badila, to the students. “Everything we are doing here is a way of saying ‘keep up what is going well for you.'”
Their performance was in step with the Middle School’s overarching character education theme for January and February; celebrating differences. Diata Diata’s visit to CMS was made possible by a grant from the Chatham Education Foundation of the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation.