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Apache Performance 4 | 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.

Cabeza de Cochino | Dance Arts Toolkit

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Cabeza de Cochino translates to pig’s head. This traditional dance is held at a festival as a sign of a productive year. The hog’s head signifies wealth and health for the family that is giving the offering.

The story behind the dance is that the family that has raised a pig takes it to the market to sell in order to buy clothing, shoes, and other necessities. The different colored ribbons are taken by each of the dancers, representing the union of the community. The dresses the women wear are called hipils and the men wear shirts called guayaberas with white pants.

This version of Cabeza de Cochino was performed by Casa de Cultura Hispana de Lexington at the Festival del Día de los Muertos in Lexington, Ky.

 

Polka Agüitas | Dance Arts Toolkit

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Polka Agüitas is one of the many folk dances of Mexico. Mexico has 31 states each with their own traditions and customs. Mexican folk dance is the blend of indigenous, European and African cultures.

This version of Polka Agüitas was performed by Casa de Cultura Hispana de Lexington and taped at the Festival del Dia de los Muertos in Lexington, Ky.

 

Pato Asado | Dance Arts Toolkit

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The Pato Asado is a dance from Sinaloa, Mexico. The type of music used for the dance is called banda. Banda music is made up of an ensemble of wind instruments and a single drum.

This version of Pato Asado was performed by Casa de Cultura Hispana de Lexington and taped at the Festival del Dia de los Muertos in Lexington, Ky.

African Art and Movement | Arts After School

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Teaching artist Yolantha Harrison-Pace visited Hogsett Elementary School in Danville to work with teacher Chassity Brady at a summer arts camp for grades 3-5. Harrison-Pace teaches African music, culture, and dance. For this camp she focused on an Anansi tale. Anansi is an animal trickster in the folklore of Africa and the Caribbean. Students learned about movement and tempo, as well as call and response. Harrison-Pace explains how discipline used in the arts can carry over into the classroom.

STOMP | Cyberchase

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In this video segment from Cyberchase, the performers from the musical STOMP!, a show that features drumming and dancing, demonstrate how they use patterns to create inventive and exciting rhythmic melodies.

Anna Halprin: Performance Art

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Legendary performance artist Anna Halprin pushes the boundaries of modern dance. In this Spark video produced by KQED, she talks about her creative process, surviving cancer, and her inspiration. Her most renowned pieces include "Parades and Changes" and "Intensive Care." She continues to teach, choreograph and perform, even now, in her late 90s. Original air date: March 2006.

Check out the entire collection of KQED SPARK videos here

We are the Music

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Explore the music and dance sequences of 11 cultural groups who have settled in Santa Fe, New Mexico over the past 700 years. These diverse communities include the Native Americans, Spanish, Mexicans, Crypto-Jewish, Celtic, German, Greek, Japanese, Tibetan, Sikh and the Central Americans. All performers and narrators in these segments are of school-age.

MN Original | Minnesota Citizens for the Arts

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Learn about how Minnesota Citizens for the Arts (MCA) serves as a national model for arts advocacy. In addition to their creation of the State Arts Board and Regional Arts Councils, MCA partnered with the conservation community in 2008 to develop and pass the 25-year Legacy Amendment, which builds funding for the arts into Minnesota’s constitution.

Executive Director Sheila Smith shares accomplishments from the organization’s 40-year history.

MN Original is a recipient of Legacy Amendment funds.

For more MN Original resources, click here.

 

Elmo Learns to Beatbox & Breakdance | Full-Time Kid

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Learn how to beatbox and dance the Robot with Mya and Elmo!

3 Easy Dance Moves | Full-Time Kid

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You don't need a rocket, track or garden to do the Moonwalk, Running Man and Cabbage Patch dance moves. You just need socks, energy and a little guidance from Mya, the Full-Time Kid!

About Apache Dances | Native American Culture

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The Apache Crown Dancers are enrolled members of the White Mountain Apache Tribe and live in Whiteriver, Ariz. In this video segment, the group leader, Joe Tohonnie, Jr., talks about the long history of the dance and its role in Apache culture as the dancers perform Crown Dances.

Git-Hoan Chief's Headdress Dance | Native American Culture

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In this video three dancers of the Git-Hoan troupe perform the Chief’s Headdress Dance celebrating the meaning found in the leader’s ceremonial headwear. The Git-Hoan are descendants of the Tsimshian people of northwest Canada and Alaska.

E Sin Mi D'Africa | African/African-American Culture

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In this video Bi-Okoto Drum and Dance Theatre performs a welcome dance that combines movements from several traditional dances of the Yoruba people of Nigeria.

Bluegrass Clogging | Kentucky/Appalachian Culture

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Host David Thurmond tells how clogging came to America and how shoes with taps evolved. He tells students to note that the dancing emphasizes movements below the waist and to look for movements that resemble square dancing. Champion cloggers Stacy McWethy, Trevor DeWitt, Cristy Corwin, and Zach Davis show off their skills to music by Hog Operation.

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