Nationally-known storyteller Charlotte Blake Alston is in Pittsburgh for the Pittsburgh International Children’s Festival. She did a free workshop for folks who attend the program The Art of Storytelling for Educators better known as “the Educators Group.” The group meets once a month during the school year and has activities around storytelling for and by kids. The last meeting for this season will be Sunday, May 19 at 3:30pm.
Charlotte’s workshop focused on the different rhythms that can be incorporated into stories. She had the group clapping a different rhythm on each hand at the same time (!), plus she taught the hambone! Most of the group could do this knee-slapping jive at 5 mph; any faster and it didn’t sound like the hambone anymore!
Charlotte (4th from left) with participants, including staff members Julie Kant (5th from right) and Kathy Maron-Wood (2nd from left).