Dance

Dyad – A Union of Salp’uri and Bach

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Expressions of spirituality from two magnificent cultures blend in this collaboration between violinist Hyeyung Yoon and dancer Hye-Won Hwang. Originating from the Korean heritage of both performers, Hye-Won adapts the traditional Korean dance known as Salp’uri to Hyeyung’s performance of Bach’s Adagio from Sonata No. 1 in G minor.

Music for Social Justice with Aisha Fukushima

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Meet "Raptivist" Aisha Fukushima, who creates music that promotes social justice and travels the world, collaborating with a global network of hip hop artists. As a young child, she felt the microaggressions that are a result of racism and felt that writing was the only place she was truly free of judgment and limitations. She brought that talent to the stage and hopes that it will inspire social progress.

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About the Bransle | Arts in the Renaissance

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In this video Carrie Nath, director of education for the Kentucky Arts Council, explains the purpose and structure of the Maltese Bransle, a country dance that was popular in the courts of England and France during the Renaissance.

Soleá | Global Oneness Project

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Flamenco is an art form rooted in the Spanish culture for generations. Today, flamenco is popular all over the world and is taught in many countries.

Students watch a 13-minute film, Soleà by Pedro Kos and Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee, which captures a day in the life of flamenco guitarist Juan RamIrez. Through his eyes, we experience Soleà, the mother of flamenco, and Juan's unusual journey to master his craft. 

In this lesson, students explore the elements of the cross-cultural art form of flamenco as well as the themes of creative exploration, dedication and commitment, and music history. Reflective writing prompts are also included, containing additional sources, for students to demonstrate their understanding of the story.

 

The Little Mermaid: Character Analysis

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This video from Great Performances: The Little Mermaid from San Francisco Ballet focuses on the moment the Little Mermaid falls in love with the prince and saves his life. Before this scene, the Little Mermaid, safely in the sea, observes the prince on his ship and becomes enamored with him. Then, a storm rolls in and she watches from afar as the ship goes down. She soon realizes the prince can’t swim and she risks being seen by the other humans to save his life. This video highlights the Little Mermaid as she makes her fateful decision—to save the life of the prince. This moment will change her life forever.

How to Vogue with Jocquese Whitfield | KQED Art School

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Jocquese Whitfield is a Vogue legend in San Francisco. He is a choreographer and performer who teaches the popular “Vogue and Tone” class at Dance Mission Theater. He has held the winning title at the Miss Honey Vogue Ball multiple times and is also a judge for dance and drag competitions. Here Jocquese breaks down the five elements of Vogue and discusses how the dance form became a lifestyle. Learn the basics from this master also known as Sir JoQ.

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What Does He Have to Say to Us Today?

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In this video segment from the documentary American Masters: Bill T. Jones: A Good Man, Bill T. Jones and his Associate Artistic Director, Janet Wong, turn to primary texts to learn more about Abraham Lincoln. In an effort to make Lincoln relevant in the performance piece, Jones and Wong begin their research but along the way discover surprising attitudes, ideas and statements reflective of the controversies that exist around Lincoln today.

Cambodia's Dark Past Behind Her, A Dancer Steps into the Light

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Charya Burt trained in and taught classical Cambodian dance in Phnom Penh, where her family suffered oppression by the Khmer Rouge. Now in the Bay Area, she's passing on her art -- and pushing it in new directions.

Juan's Story: Bullying | The Graduates Film Module

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This film module spotlights Juan’s story and the value of arts programs in building self-esteem and community. Students will look at how bullying can be an obstacle to Latino youth, especially with regards to immigrant, undocumented, racial, socioeconomic, and LGBTQ groups. They will explore how the arts can be a powerful way to bring different voices into dialogue, and how they can be tools for increasing self-esteem and combating stereotypes and negative images.

West African Music and Dance with Kwesi Anku

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Kwesi Anku, Kwaku Manu, and Selasi Morgan are performing artists who teach at the East Bay Center for the Performing Arts in Richmond, CA and are members of the Bay Area's West African Music and Dance Ensemble. Originally from Ghana, they came to the US to study dance with their professor at UC Berkeley, Dr. CK Ladzekpo. They stayed in the Bay Area to spread their love of music and dance and to provide opportunities for young people in their community to express themselves, using music and dance as tools for positive change.

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