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Jacques d'Amboise: Dance Presentation | Dance Arts Toolkit

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Young dancers at the Lexington Ballet Company perform a piece that ballet icon Jacque d’Amboise choreographed and taught them in this video from the Dance Arts Toolkit series. 

Bringing a Theatrical Work to Television

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This segment shows preparation for a KET taping of a Stage One production of The Wind in the Willows. Included are technical preparations such as stringing cable and setting cameras and interviews with the lighting designer, audio supervisors, and director.

Apache Performance 3 | Dance Arts Toolkit

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The Apache Crown Dancers perform a traditional Crown dance dressed in full regalia and directed by the singing of group leader, Joe Tohonnie Jr., in this video from the Dance Arts Toolkit series.

DanceSense: Dance of Culture | Dance Arts Toolkit

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Learn about the origins of dance and a see a variety of dances from many cultures and time periods in this video from the Dance Arts Toolkit series. Explore everything from Yoruba dances from West Africa to 20th century American social dances such as the jitterbug. This video also explores the influence of Spanish and African cultures on the dances of the Caribbean.

Understanding the Clave Rhythm Pattern | Dance Arts Toolkit

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Dancer Katherine Kramer teaches the clave rhythm pattern in this video from the Dance Arts Toolkit series. There is also a brief demonstration of call and response.

Pop Goes The Easel | The Electric Company

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Learn about the vocabulary words landscape, series, canvas, and continuous with The Electric Company when friends are literally swept away into the art world. When Jessica and Danny get stuck in a magical painting, the Electric Company needs to work with the mysterious artist to get their friends back into the real world.

Creative Flow

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Drama teacher Curt Tofteland leads students in several activities designed to encourage make believe and the flow of creative movement. Students pretend to be bacon frying, popcorn kernels popping, and balloons filling and emptying with air in an exercise called “Becoming.” Moses Goldberg and actors at Stage One demonstrate how actors might prepare for roles as animals. Students then “move in the manner of” various animals and objects and respond to music with movement.

First Night

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This scene is from a one-woman play called Liz’s Circus Story. The play is based on a young woman’s experience working for a small traveling circus. In this scene, with the circus’ first performance just hours away, Liz plans the order of the acts, recounting the difficulties the circus has faced getting off the ground.

Navajo Bow and Arrow Dance | Dance Arts Toolkit

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The Pollen Trail Dancers from the Navajo Reservation north of Joseph City, Arizona, perform a dance in this video from the Dance Arts Toolkit series. The dance uses movement to tell of hunting parties and protection.

Navajo Sash Dance | Dance Arts Toolkit

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The Pollen Trail Dancers from the Navajo Reservation north of Joseph City, Arizona, perform a dance in this video from the Dance Arts Toolkit series. The dance is based on the story of Spider Woman’s teaching of weaving to the Navajo people.

Git-Hoan Eagle Dance | Dance Arts Toolkit

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The Git-Hoan Dancers perform a traditional Tsimshian dance in this video from the Dance Arts Toolkit series. The dance tells the story of an eagle and a young chief. 

Killer of Enemies: The Divine Hero - Big Giant | Dance Arts Toolkit

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Watch a segment from Erick Hawkins’s Killer of Enemies: The Divine Hero, in this video from the Dance Arts Toolkit series. In the scene the young hero battles a monster called Big Giant.

Killer of Enemies: The Divine Hero - Monster Eagle | Dance Arts Toolkit

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Watch a segment from Erick Hawkins’s Killer of Enemies: The Divine Hero, in this video from the Dance Arts Toolkit series. In the scene the young hero battles Monster Eagle, who swoops down from the sky.

Killer of Enemies: The Divine Hero - Big Owl | Dance Arts Toolkit

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Watch a segment from Erick Hawkins’s Killer of Enemies: The Divine Hero,in this video from the Dance Arts Toolkit series. In the scene the young hero must overcome his fear of Big Owl, “the staring eye that kills.”

Introduction to Killer of Enemies: The Divine Hero | Dance Arts Toolkit

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Robin Wilson, a dancer and choreographer, gives a brief overview of Erick Hawkins’ Killer of Enemies: The Divine Hero in this video from the Dance Arts Toolkit series. She discusses the storyline, the characters, and how choreographer Hawkins was influenced by Native American myths.

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