Archive for Dance
The popular Mexican folksong, La Cucaracha, is also a simple and fun folk dance. Here a group of adults and kids are performing the basic steps at the National Accordion Convention held in Dallas, Texas in March of 2010.
Check out this beautiful dance performed by Antonina Gvozdeva from the ensemble. Theatre Tarang. You can see and hear her Indian style ankle bells as she performs. You can craft a pair of your own ankle bells by visiting Daria’s Making Multicultural Music blog post on it here.
Antonina is performing a dance from the film KOHINOOR. The song is sung by Indian Singer Shri Mohammad Rafi.
We admire this young man who made it his mission to go to as many countries and places as possible and do his signature silly dance. In the process, he visited almost every continent and even danced with whales in the Pacific Ocean, crabs on Christmas Island, lemurs in Madagascar and in the North Korean demilitarized zone. Here Matt asked to dance with traditional dancers called the Huli Wigmen from Papua, New Guinea.
The Leyte Dance Theatre performs a traditional dance from the Philippines called “tinikling”. Dancers do wonderful moves between large bamboo poles that move back and forth and up and down. Performing this dance takes, grace, speed and real skill!
Here’s a slower and more basic version of the tinikling dance from the Philippines. Four graceful children show the basic steps of this proud Filipino national tradition. Want to learn more about this dance and the culture of the Philippines? Check out a great kids book called “The Bamboo Dance” at http://favoritemulticulturalbooks.com/?p=1332.
These beautiful dances were videotaped during a cultural week at the Monterrey Campus of the University of Mexico in November of 2008. Beautiful dancing, traditional outfits and amazing dance moves.
We found this video on a rap channel from Vietnam. Combining drums, drumline and hip hop dance – this group of young people combine a variety of traditions to really rock out!
The costumes and customs of Mexico are so beautiful. Here you can see a very popular song performed as a dance that is recognized the world over. The videographer commented that this is a popular dance from the region of Jalisco in Mexico performed by the group “Canamérica.”
A version of this song performed by a Russian dance troupe in 2005 at the Billingham Folk Festival in the United Kingdom. In this version of Kalinka you’ll see some amazing dancing. Watch how the male dancers, the female dancers and even the bear gets into the act!
This video was sent to us by a friend who loved the story behind the creation. A young man named Matt decided he wanted to do his “silly dance” in as many countries as possible. In this 4:29 video, we count 76 locations in 45 different countries from geysers in Iceland, deserts in Australia, Lemur Island in Madagascar, to the streets of Paris, Tokyo and San Francisco and everywhere in between. It’s a beautiful tour of wonderous spots of the world where Matt was able to convince folks to share his enthusiasm and sense of humor along with his pretty ridiculous but infectious dance.
Do you wonder how he was able to dance with the Huli Wigman of Papau, New Guinea. You can find out here: http://vimeo.com/1273737