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Blooming Flower Fan Dance | Beauty of Jasmine

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In this video, students from the Lexington (Kentucky) Chinese Music, Dance and Arts Program (CMDAP) perform “Blooming Flower,” a Chinese fan dance. The Blooming Flower Fan Dance is a folk dance in the ceremonial/artistic tradition. The costumes, hairstyles, and fans combine with the choreography to create a mood of lighthearted joy as the dancers represent flowers emerging from the ground, swaying in the wind, and opening their faces to the sun. This resource is part of the Beauty of Jasmine collection.

Flor de Piña | Dance Arts Toolkit

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Flor de Piña or "Flower of Pineapple" is a folk dance with indigenous origins from the city of Tuxtepec in the Mexican state of Oaxaca. Girls dance geometric patterns with pineapples on their shoulders and offer them as gifts. The dancers’ long braids represent purity and their bare feet show their connections to the Earth. 

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

 

Mongolian Folk Dance | Beauty of Jasmine

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Students from the Lexington (Kentucky) Chinese Music, Dance, and Arts Program (CMDAP) perform a folk dance in the traditional Mongolian style. This dance, like many Mongolian folk dances, celebrates the importance of horses and horseback riding. In Mongolian culture, children learn to ride when they are as young as three years old. The style of the dance is bold, with a combination of locomotor and nonlocomotor movements. This resource is part of the Beauty of Jasmine collection.

¡Arte y más! Lesson 20

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After the “Hola” song, Srs. Alicia and Susana use the caja mágica (magic box) to review grande (big) and pequeño (small). Then, students see a performance of “La raspa,” a traditional Mexican dance, performed by students at Northern Elementary in Fayette County. Sra. Alicia conducts a vocabulary review of el libro grande (the big book), el libro pequeño (the small book), el lápiz grande (the big pencil), el lápiz pequeño (the small pencil), la mesa grande (the big table), la mesa pequeña (the small table), la silla grande (the big chair) la silla pequeña (the small chair), la flor grande (the big flower), la flor pequeña (the small flower), el tren grande (the big train), and el tren pequeño (the small train). The video closes with the “Adiós” song.

Matlachines | Dance Arts Toolkit

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Matlachines is a traditional dance from Aguascalientes. The dance originates from a combination of pre-hispanic and colonial music and dance. It is often performed during Patron Saint Festivals.

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

 

 

¡Arte y más! Lesson 9

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After a greeting and the “Hola” song, Susana and Sra. Alicia have a dialogue to model the numbers cuatro (four), cinco (five), and seis (six). A new movement activity is used to create a simple dance sequence: baila arriba, baila abajo, a la derecha, a la izquierda, da la vuelta (dance up, dance down, to the right, to the left, turn around.) Sra. Alicia reads the chant “El gato” (the cat) and invites students to participate. Students review numbers by counting flowers before the closing “Adiós” song.

Alingo Lingo | Dance Arts Toolkit

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Alingo Lingo is a Mexican dance from the State of Guerrero. Traditional dances from Guerrero often have women waving handkerchiefs. Dance is very important part of the society of Guerrero. Dance is used to celebrate, evangelize, and protest.

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

 

Nicte-Ha | Dance Arts Toolkit

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Nicte-Ha is a Mayan word that means "water flower." This dance is a jarana, a type of music and dance that is popular in the Mexican state of Nayarit.

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

 

Children's Song & Dance | Beauty of Jasmine

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This performance combines Han and minority ethnic Chinese traditions. The first two songs and dances are from the Han tradition, while the others are from minority traditions. The costumes are from the Uyghur people, who live mainly in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region in northeastern China. This resource is part of the Beauty of Jasmine collection.

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.

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.

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.