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Oh Suite!

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Learn how a local dance council brings together individuals of all ages and from different communities to present The Nutcracker ballet.

Community Arts Connection-Dance Program | Move to Include

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Learn about dance coordination as a profession and how it is used to increase communication, inclusion and builds skills and enjoyment of the performance arts for people with disabilities. The Community Arts Connection of ARC of Monroe County is featured.

Visit the Move to Include collection for more resources.

Cherokee Beaver Dance | Native American Culture

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In this video The Raven Rock Dancers perform the Beaver Dance, a social dance depicting the actions of a hunting party, at the 2006 Festival of Native Peoples. The Raven Rock Dancers is a family group founded by Walker Calhoun, a respected Cherokee elder.

The Lancers Quadrille | The Civil War Era

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In this video, the Berea Festival Dancers perform two sets of The Lancers Quadrille, a social dance that was popular in Civil War-era America.

Choctaw Dances

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This video, adapted from material provided by the ECHO partners, illustrates some of the traditional activities that connect the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians to their past. Activities include traditional dances, the use of traditional instruments such as the Choctaw drum and dance sticks, and participation in games like stickball.

Plantation Dance/Ring Shout | African/African-American Culture

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The Plantation Dance/Ring Shout represents a style of dance and music found in African slave communities on plantations in the southern United States, Caribbean Islands, and other locations. This plantation dance, or juba (giouba) dance, was often danced in a group around two performers.

About Play Party Games | Kentucky/Appalachian Culture

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In this video Anndrena Belcher interviews traditional Kentucky performer and national treasure Jean Ritchie about the play party games she played as a youngster in Eastern Kentucky. Ritchie discusses the importance of the games as community celebrations and opportunities to court.

Cherokee Eagle Dance | Native American Culture

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In this video The Warriors of AniKituhwa perform the Eagle Dance at the 2006 Festival of Native Peoples. Like other dances from Cherokee culture, the Eagle Dance serves as a catalyst for people to come forward and share their memories and a way to preserve cultural traditions.

Si a la Cultura: El Tango

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Video que presenta aspectos históricos socioculturales de la evolución del Tango, mencionando los elementos musicales y culturales que se identifican en este género. También, presenta elementos de movimiento corporal asociado al baile e identifica y menciona elementos coreográficos para el manejo de cuerpo. Permite la integración con Bellas Artes, Educación Física y Estudios Sociales al analizar una destreza, con elementos estéticos, perteneciente a una cultura específica de una región, con una diversidad cultural e histórica representada en el Tango.

This video presents historical and sociocultural aspects of the evolution of Tango, mentioning the musical and cultural elements that identify this genre. It also presents the elements of the movements associated with the dance and identify and mentions choreographical elements for the body's movements. This video permits the integration with the arts, physcial education, and social studies, analysing the dexterity with aesthetical elements belonging to a specific culture from a region with history and cultural diversity represented in the Tango.

MN Original | Shapiro and Smith Dance

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Joanie Smith, Artistic Director of Shapiro & Smith Dance, is interested in finding the “unique gestures” that become dance. Learn about the history of this modern dance company and the difference between movement and dance. 

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Goin' to Boston | Kentucky/Appalachian Culture

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Goin’ to Boston is a traditional folk dance enjoyed as a “play party game” in Appalachia. Instructor Anndrena Belcher teaches a group of middle school students the song and dance moves. She explains what a “play party game” is and teaches such commonly used folk dance movements as promenade, sashay, reel, and casting the lines.

About the Lancers Quadrille | The Civil War Era

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In this video, dance and music educator Jennifer Rose explains the history of The Lancers Quadrille, including the origin of the dance and why it was popular in Civil War-era America. She also discusses the movements and sets of the dance.

Git-Hoan Raven Dance | Native American Culture

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In this video the Git-Hoan Dancers perform the Raven Dance, a celebration of the Raven Clan. They wear masks representing the clan. In Tsimshian culture, the wearer of a mask is said to take on the spirit of the creature it signifies.

Manjani | African/African-American Culture

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The Imani Dance and Drum Company perform the Manjani, a West African dance that celebrates an important event such as the harvest (as in this performance), a wedding, or a naming ceremony. This performance segment focuses on the musicians as much as the dancers, showing the important relationship between the two groups.

Upon a Summer's Day | Arts in the Renaissance

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In this video Instructor Jennifer Rose teaches a group of fifth grade students a Renaissance dance, Upon a Summer’s Day, from John Playford’s book The English Dancing Master. Rose explains that the dance originated in England during the 17th century but was still being danced in the 1920s in the Appalachian Mountain region of Kentucky.

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