Dance

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.

"Tap": A Share-Ware Art Project with James Buckhouse

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Discover the joy of digital technology and dance in the studio of animator artist James Buckhouse. Buckhouse shares instructions for using technology to choreograph and perform this ground-breaking form of dance. The results are stunning in this merger of visual arts, choreography, dance, and cell phones.

 

Artistic Interpretation in The Little Mermaid

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This video from Great Performances: The Little Mermaid from San Francisco Ballet features a scene from the first act of the ballet in which The Poet (a role based on the real life author Hans Christian Andersen) exits the real-world and enters a watery paradise under the sea. In an earlier scene, The Poet suffered a painful rejection by his love interest. In his despair, he begins to write the story of the Little Mermaid. Once he enters this new world under the sea, he creates/meets the heroine of his famous tale: the Little Mermaid. While her tale is a fantasy, she will also endure a painful love story that mirrors Andersen’s experiences. As the story unfolds, he manipulates events that change the lives of his characters forever. Note: There is no sound when this video begins.

The Evolutionary Advantages of Art | Braincraft

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I sit down with The Art Assignment host Sarah Urist Green to chat about science, art, and evolution. The evolutionary pathway that led us to be the apex predator on this planet also resulted in some pretty cool skills.

Arts Program Inspires Students to Strive for Success

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Show students how the arts can contribute to academic success with this PBS NewsHour video and educational guide from May 22, 2014. The National Dance Institute of New Mexico instills the values of persistence, discipline and pride through dance lessons. This year, NDI taught nearly 8,000 students - a majority from low-income families - across the state, and academic performance has improved across the board.

Henry Ford - Henry Ford Gives Dance Lessons

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In the 1920s, many Americans were listening to jazz and learning the Charleston. Henry Ford preferred the country dances he learned as a boy - quadrilles, gavottes, the schottische, the polka and the chorus jig were his favorites. Later in life he hosted dance lessons in Dearborn twice a week to teach what he believed was the correct, old way of dancing. Watch Ford dancing in this footage from American Experience: "Henry Ford."

Materialized: Modern Dance Showcase | Dance Arts Toolkit

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From the brainstorming process to the stage, follow three University of Kentucky dance students as they create their own original choreography. Learn how movements are used to express ideas and emotions. Also witness the challenges of creating a dance as a soloist and as a group.

To Touch Dance Performance | Dance Arts Toolkit

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Choreographer Shannon Burgess’ dance To Touch illustrates through movement reactions we express to being complimented, being touched, and other interactions that we have in our everyday life.

American Aloha: Hula Beyond Hawai'i

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Few American icons are as well known for their popular kitsch as the hula dance. From old Hollywood movies to entertainment for tourists, the hip-swaying girls in grass skirts and colorful lei have long masked an ancient cultural tradition. After years of being shadowed by stereotypes, the hula is experiencing a rebirth that celebrates Hawaiian culture across the American mainland.

Dance: Jo Kreiter | Spark

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In this Spark video produced by KQED, choreographer Jo Kreiter's approach to public art is encapsulated as she creates a political statement by making use of a specific site to call upon the importance of its own history—in this case, Market Street, in San Francisco, as an enduring location for political protests.

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