Dance

U.S. History (X) - Dance (X)

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.

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.

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.

Indian Pride: Myths and Real Truths | Part 4

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JuniKae Randall introduces Lefty's Little Steppers, dance group from the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians in North Dakota, demonstrate their craft.

The Role of the Arts

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The North Dakota Council on the Arts is a wonderful organization that provides funding to various arts groups and artists throughout the state. The story examines how arts impact areas such as quality of life, economic development and well being in a community. Come along now as we travel to Wahpeton, New Town, Watford City, Langdon and Jamestown to see the impact the organization is having on our state.

Indian Pride: Myths and Real Truths | Part 5

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JuniKae Randall introduces Metis Dancers, dance group from the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians in North Dakota, demonstrate their craft.

A Place in the Middle

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Learn about the native Hawaiian approach to gender diversity, the power of cultural heritage, and the true meaning of aloha – love, honor and respect for all – in this short film about an eleven year-old girl who dreams of leading the all-male hula troupe at her school in Honolulu. She's fortunate that her teacher understands the traditional Hawaiian embrace of māhū - those who are “in the middle” between male and female. Together they set out to prove that what matters most is what's inside a person's heart and mind. For further background and materials to support student understanding of the issue see the Classroom Discussion Guide.

What Does He Have to Say to Us Today?

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In this video segment from the documentary American Masters: Bill T. Jones: A Good Man, Bill T. Jones and his Associate Artistic Director, Janet Wong, turn to primary texts to learn more about Abraham Lincoln. In an effort to make Lincoln relevant in the performance piece, Jones and Wong begin their research but along the way discover surprising attitudes, ideas and statements reflective of the controversies that exist around Lincoln today.

Juan's Story: Bullying | The Graduates Film Module

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This film module spotlights Juan’s story and the value of arts programs in building self-esteem and community. Students will look at how bullying can be an obstacle to Latino youth, especially with regards to immigrant, undocumented, racial, socioeconomic, and LGBTQ groups. They will explore how the arts can be a powerful way to bring different voices into dialogue, and how they can be tools for increasing self-esteem and combating stereotypes and negative images.

Keeping Cultures Alive Today | Georgia Stories

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This segment shows ways in which today’s Cherokees are transmitting the remnants of their culture to the younger generation in an attempt to preserve what is left. Cherokee cultural traditions in food preparation, language, and songs and dances are shown.

Sister Mildred Barker | Ken Burns: The Shakers

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Sister Mildred Barker discusses ritual movements that evolved after Ann Lee's death. The Shakers believed that dancing brought them closer to God. When Ann Lee died, the dancing changed.

A Community of People Now | American Masters: Bill T. Jones: A Good Man

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In this segment from the documentary American Masters: Bill T. Jones: A Good Man, the creative process continues for the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company in the creation of a dance-theater piece about Abraham Lincoln. Bill T. Jones notes the current trend of artists creating work independent of the restrictions of previous generations. In an effort to advance the performance while mirroring the trend, Jones decides to take away some of the focus from the Lincoln family story to include the personal stories of dancers within the company.

Creating the Woman Suffrage Ballet, 72 Steps

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Nashville Ballet Artistic Director Paul Vasterling, Choreographer Gina Patterson, and Composer Jordan Brook Hamlin discuss their creative process and how to tell historical stories through the performing arts.

72 Steps, commissioned by the League of Women Voters of Nashville and performed by NB2, Nashville Ballet’s second company, commemorates the ratification of the 19th Amendment granting women the right to vote. As the final state to ratify the 19th Amendment, Tennessee played a vital role in giving women the right vote.