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The World of American Indian Dance (2003)

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The beauty, artistry, athleticism, and competition of Native American dance are illustrated in this documentary. Filmed at the Crow Fair, Crow Agency, Montana, the program highlights the beautiful costumes and many dance styles incorporated into the culture from various Native American tribes and nations.

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The World of American Indian Dance

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.

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.

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 | Historical Overview | Part 4

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Kevin Locke of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe of North Dakota demonstrates a traditional hoop dance, accompanied by drummers and singers, that celebrates spring. He also explains what the hoops represent and follows the dance with a song played on a traditional wooden flute.

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.

Unfinished Spaces

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The Cuban Revolution changed over time, particularly for creative professionals like the architects who designed the innovative National Art Schools. What happens when the initial moment of a revolution gives way to an established ideology? This video clip and accompanying lesson plan provide insight into the Cold War Era by exploring the impact of Soviet involvement in an emerging Cuban state.

AIDS: 30 Years Later

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This video introduces viewers to a Tanzanian teen who dances to educate her peers about HIV/AIDS.

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.

Teaching the Holocaust Through Art: Student Assessment | Murals of the Holocaust

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How does a teacher assess student understanding of the Holocaust? How should a student’s artistic work and presentation be assessed? Joiner explains why she includes students in deciding what to assess and the importance of assessing their work and art in ways that do not stifle creativity.

Bure Beat | Beat Making Lab

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Explore the Fiji Beat Making Lab experience, at this crossroads between traditional Fijian culture and new-age technology and rhythm. These artists, both from Fiji and from all around the globe, collaborate together to sample, mix, and perform amazing feats of song and dance. The Beat Making Lab travels all around the world to explore the influence that culture has on musical heritage, as well the newly emerging accessibility of producing electronic music.

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