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Geometry and Classification of 2D Figures: Bianca Busts a Move

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In this video from Cyberchase, Bianca breaks her friend’s tabletop when she’s practicing dance moves in his living room. She uses measurement and geometry to get a new piece of wood that will fit the table exactly. The accompanying classroom activity helps students advance their understanding of perimeter and area by creating their own tabletop designs. This resource is part of the Math at the Core: Middle School Collection.

ODC Dance

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In this Spark video produced by KQED, meet Brenda Way who in the three decades since she founded ODC has directed her dancers and staff to accomplish more than they ever dreamed possible. In the 1970s, a group of dancers, musicians and artists from Oberlin College formed the Oberlin Dance Collective (ODC), a collaborative project dedicated to developing and performing new modern dance works. ODC has since become the premier contemporary dance company of the West Coast, performing for more than 50,000 people a year.

Warming Up to the Clave Rhythm Pattern | Dance Arts Toolkit

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Dancer Katherine Kramer leads a warm-up routine based on the clave rhythm pattern in this video from the Dance Arts Toolkit series. She also discusses Spanish and African influence on flamenco dance.

Jacques d'Amboise: Dance Presentation | Dance Arts Toolkit

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Young dancers at the Lexington Ballet Company perform a piece that ballet icon Jacque d’Amboise choreographed and taught them in this video from the Dance Arts Toolkit series. 

Apache Performance 3 | 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.

DanceSense: Dance of Culture | Dance Arts Toolkit

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Learn about the origins of dance and a see a variety of dances from many cultures and time periods in this video from the Dance Arts Toolkit series. Explore everything from Yoruba dances from West Africa to 20th century American social dances such as the jitterbug. This video also explores the influence of Spanish and African cultures on the dances of the Caribbean.

Understanding the Clave Rhythm Pattern | Dance Arts Toolkit

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Dancer Katherine Kramer teaches the clave rhythm pattern in this video from the Dance Arts Toolkit series. There is also a brief demonstration of call and response.

Navajo Bow and Arrow Dance | Dance Arts Toolkit

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The Pollen Trail Dancers from the Navajo Reservation north of Joseph City, Arizona, perform a dance in this video from the Dance Arts Toolkit series. The dance uses movement to tell of hunting parties and protection.

Navajo Sash Dance | Dance Arts Toolkit

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The Pollen Trail Dancers from the Navajo Reservation north of Joseph City, Arizona, perform a dance in this video from the Dance Arts Toolkit series. The dance is based on the story of Spider Woman’s teaching of weaving to the Navajo people.

Git-Hoan Eagle Dance | Dance Arts Toolkit

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The Git-Hoan Dancers perform a traditional Tsimshian dance in this video from the Dance Arts Toolkit series. The dance tells the story of an eagle and a young chief. 

Killer of Enemies: The Divine Hero - Big Giant | Dance Arts Toolkit

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Watch a segment from Erick Hawkins’s Killer of Enemies: The Divine Hero, in this video from the Dance Arts Toolkit series. In the scene the young hero battles a monster called Big Giant.

Killer of Enemies: The Divine Hero - Monster Eagle | Dance Arts Toolkit

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Watch a segment from Erick Hawkins’s Killer of Enemies: The Divine Hero, in this video from the Dance Arts Toolkit series. In the scene the young hero battles Monster Eagle, who swoops down from the sky.

Killer of Enemies: The Divine Hero - Big Owl | Dance Arts Toolkit

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Watch a segment from Erick Hawkins’s Killer of Enemies: The Divine Hero,in this video from the Dance Arts Toolkit series. In the scene the young hero must overcome his fear of Big Owl, “the staring eye that kills.”

Introduction to Killer of Enemies: The Divine Hero | Dance Arts Toolkit

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Robin Wilson, a dancer and choreographer, gives a brief overview of Erick Hawkins’ Killer of Enemies: The Divine Hero in this video from the Dance Arts Toolkit series. She discusses the storyline, the characters, and how choreographer Hawkins was influenced by Native American myths.

Liebestraume: Dance 7 (Final Waltz) | 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.

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