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Liebestraume: Dance 2 (solo) | Dance Arts Toolkit

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The Louisville Ballet performs Liebestraume, a ballet choreographed by Alun Jones, who was the company’s artistic director in this video from the Dance Arts Toolkit series. The piece is performed to music by Franz Liszt. Segments in this collection show the full 30-minute performance as well as sections of the ballet.

About the Chinese Sword Dance | Dance Arts Toolkit

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Jingzian Zhang, a retired professor of Chinese opera, talks about the purpose and form of the Chinese Sword Dance in this video from the Dance Arts Toolkit series.

Dance | What's Good

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Harness the science of movement as you learn about the physics of rotation with break-dancers Tori Torsion, B-Girl Eren and B-Boy Evol; make time to dance, twirl, climb, run, jump, or slide with your kids, as these early experiences with forces and motion will ignite their curiosity and provide a foundation for future science study.

For use at home with your children, see our Science of Movement Lesson Plan!

Dance Creation | PINKALICIOUS & PETERRIFIC™

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Dance can take many forms, as Pinkalicious™ and her brother, Peterrific™, discover in this video excerpt from the PBS KIDS series PINKALICIOUS & PETERRIFIC™. Delighted with Robotta, the robot that they have made, Pinkalicious and Peterrific decide to imitate her by matching Robotta's movements. As they sing a song they made up called "I Want to Move Like a Robot," Pinkalicious and Peterrific move their bodies like machines and make up a song about their dance. This resource is part of the PINKALICIOUS & PETERRIFIC™ Collection.

For use in the classroom, see Dance Creation Lesson Plan.

West African Dance: Music & Movement | Dance Arts Toolkit

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Dancer Harlina-Churn Diallo and musician Yaya Diallo teach a group of teachers four basic movements of West African dance in this video from the Dance Arts Toolkit series.

Dance Vocabulary/Dance Positions | Dance Arts Toolkit

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Students at the School for Creative and Performing Arts in Lexington, KY, demonstrate the basic positions of ballet, modern, and jazz dance in this video from the Dance Arts Toolkit series.

DanceSense: Making Dance | Dance Arts Toolkit

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Choreographers and dancers explain and demonstrate how they create dance, from creating a sequence with a beginning, middle, and end to improvising some movements in this video from the Dance Arts Toolkit series.

Farruca | Dance Arts Toolkit

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Watch performers from the company Dos Aguas perform a Farruca, one of the song/dance forms of flamenco dance in this video from the Dance Arts Toolkit series. Host David Thurmond introduces the performance, discussing the origins of flamenco and its worldwide appeal.

DanceSense: Modern Dance | Dance Arts Toolkit

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Learn about the origins of modern dance and how it reflects the ever-evolving spirit of innovation with this video from the Dance Arts Toolkit series.

Modern: Art! Art! Barking Dog Dance Company | Dance Arts Toolkit

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Founders of the former Louisville, Ky.-based company Art! Art! Barking Dog discuss modern dance in this video from the Dance Arts Toolkit series. Brief performance excerpts are also included. 

Jazz/Tap: JazzArts at WKU | Dance Arts Toolkit

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Watch brief performance excerpts from and profiles of a summer jazz/tap workshop at Western Kentucky University in this video from the Dance Arts Toolkit series.

DanceSense: Tap and Percussive Dance | Dance Arts Toolkit

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Four sections explore the origins and characteristics of dance forms in which the feet (and in some cases, other body parts) become percussive instruments, from step dance to tap to flamenco in this video from the Dance Arts Toolkit series.

The Sun Ceremony | Dance Arts Toolkit

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The Kosne Pole Flyers perform a ritualistic Sun Ceremony of the Totonac people in this video from the Dance Arts Toolkit series.

Git-Hoan Shaman and Land Otters Dance | Dance Arts Toolkit

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The Git-Hoan Dancers perform a dance of the Tsimshian people in this video from the Dance Arts Toolkit series. The dance tells the story of evil land otters who disguise themselves as beautiful girls in order to trick a group of young men. A powerful shaman finally defeats them.

Moving to the Clave Rhythm Pattern | Dance Arts Toolkit

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Dancer Katherine Kramer shows how to use the clave rhythm with locomotor and nonlocomotor movements to create a dance in this video from the Dance Arts Toolkit series.

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