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Children's Song & Dance | Beauty of Jasmine

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This performance combines Han and minority ethnic Chinese traditions. The first two songs and dances are from the Han tradition, while the others are from minority traditions. The costumes are from the Uyghur people, who live mainly in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region in northeastern China. This resource is part of the Beauty of Jasmine collection.

Iye, Iye | Dance Arts Toolkit

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Watch Imani Dance and Drum Company perform a harvest dance from West Africa in this video from the Dance Arts Toolkit series. Host David Thurmond introduces the dance and discusses the contributions of African Americans to dance in America. He also explains “isolations” in dance.

About the Chinese Fan Dance | Dance Arts Toolkit

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Cheryl Pan, a dancer from China, talks about the Chinese fan dance and shows a variety of fans used in Chinese dances in this video from the Dance Arts Toolkit series.

Performance: Chinese Fan Dance | Dance Arts Toolkit

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Cheryl Pan, a dancer from China, talks about the Chinese fan dance and shows a variety of fans used in Chinese dances in this video from the Dance Arts Toolkit series.

About the Bharatanatyam | Dance Arts Toolkit

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Dancer Lakshmi Sriraman talks about the bharatanatyam, a classical dance from India in this video from the Dance Arts Toolkit series.

DanceSense: Ballet | Dance Arts Toolkit

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Four sections give an overview of ballet in this video from the Dance Arts Toolkit series. These sections include history, characteristics, dancer training, innovative choreographers, and how to watch ballet.

Jean Ritchie on Play Party Games | Dance Arts Toolkit

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Andreena Belcher interviews Kentucky folk performer Jean Ritchie about the “play party games” Ritchie played as a youngster in Eastern Kentucky in this video from the Dance Arts Toolkit series.

Lambah | Dance Arts Toolkit

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Imani Dance and Drum Company performs the Lambah in this video from the Dance Arts Toolkit series. The Lambah is a traditional dance and music that originated in ancient Mali with the Bambara-Mandingo peoples.

About the Argentine Tango | Dance Arts Toolkit

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Ron and Judith Gariepy introduce the Argentine tango in this video from the Dance Arts Toolkit series. They discuss the communication necessary between partners and the traditional etiquette for asking someone to dance.

Liebestraume: Dance 3 (Pas de trois) | 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.

Tap Jam | Dance Arts Toolkit

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A group of tap dancers join choreographer Katherine Kramer in a “tap jam” in this video from the Dance Arts Toolkit series. The tappers demonstrate a variety of steps, perform in unison, and take turns improvising solos.

Dance Like Nobody's Watching | The Odd Squad

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Learn about identifying patterns with the Odd Squad. When Otto identifies a pattern in one of Oscar's traps, he busts a move to get past it.

About Mohawk Dance | Dance Arts Toolkit

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Curtis, Lazore, a member of the Oknegakdagye (Along the Waters) Dancers, talks about the dance traditions of the Mohawk in this video from the Dance Arts Toolkit series.

Mohawk Standing Quiver Dance | Dance Arts Toolkit

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The Oknegakdagye (Along the Water) Dancers from the Akwesasne Mohawk Territory in northern New York perform a traditional Mohawk hunters’ dance in this video from the Dance Arts Toolkit series.

Apache Performance 2 | 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. 

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