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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.

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.

Johnny Peut Pas Danser and ABCs et 1,2,3 | Music Arts Toolkit

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The Doucet Family Band performs a traditional Cajun folk song and a Cajun version of the “A, B, C Song.”

Pipa Ensemble | Beauty of Jasmine

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Students from Garth Elementary School in Georgetown, Kentucky, and the Lexington (Kentucky) Chinese Music, Dance and Arts Program (CMDAP) perform three songs on the pipa, a Chinese stringed instrument. This resource is part of the Beauty of Jasmine collection.

The Little Red Hen/La Gallinita Roja | A World of Stories

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In this Mexican version of a familiar folktale, the hen makes corn tortillas instead of wheat bread. 

This resource is part of the KET A World of Stories and Exploraciones collections. 

Day of the Dead/Día de los Muertos | Everyday Learning

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Students attend a celebration for the Day of the Dead or Dia de los Muertos, a Mexican holiday. The holiday celebrates the lives of friends and family members that have died.

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.

Gu Zheng Solo: Spring on Snowy Mountain | Beauty of Jasmine

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Chen Zhou, a gu zheng soloist and teacher in Louisville, Kentucky, performs "Spring on Snowy Mountain," a work by contemporary Chinese composer Shang-E Fan. Fan's works for zheng are so highly regarded that they have been adopted into the official examination repertoire for zheng music in 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.

 

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