Dance

The Little Mermaid: Transformation | Great Performances: The Little Mermaid

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This video from Great Performances: The Little Mermaid from San Francisco Ballet features the Little Mermaid as she meets with the Sea Witch and makes her fateful decision to become human. This scene vividly evokes the violence and pain the Little Mermaid endures as she is transformed, all for the love of the prince.

Shri Krupa Dance Foundation

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Follow choreographer Vishal Ramani as she teaches classical Indian dance and brings together the larger Bay Area Indian community at the Shri Krupa Dance Foundation, in this Spark video produced by KQED.

Keeping Cultures Alive Today | Georgia Stories

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This segment shows ways in which today’s Cherokees are transmitting the remnants of their culture to the younger generation in an attempt to preserve what is left. Cherokee cultural traditions in food preparation, language, and songs and dances are shown.

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. 

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.

 

DanceSense: Understanding Dance | Dance Arts Toolkit

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Explore what dance is, the role of the choreographer in the creation of a dance, and three purposes of dance—artistic, ceremonial, and recreational—with this video from the Dance Arts Toolkit series.

Hot | Dance Arts Toolkit

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Watch dancers perform a modern dance piece from the dance opera The Secret Commonwealth Part One: The Changeling and the Bear in this video from the Dance Arts Toolkit series. Host David Thurmond introduces the performance, asking students to consider how the elements of performance and production convey the idea of heat.

About Capoeira | Dance Arts Toolkit

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Joe Allred, leader of the Lexington, KY.-based Capoeira Narahari, discusses the basics of Capoeira and its origins in Brazil in this video from the Dance Arts Toolkit series.

Git-Hoan Shaman and Land Otters Dance | Dance Arts Toolkit

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The Git-Hoan Dancers perform a dance of the Tsimshian people in this video from the Dance Arts Toolkit series. The dance tells the story of evil land otters who disguise themselves as beautiful girls in order to trick a group of young men. A powerful shaman finally defeats them.

Elements of Dance | Dance Arts Toolkit

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What are the basic ingredients of dance? This video introduces the elements of dance (space, time, and force) and their sub-elements, with videos of dancers that exemplify how the elements and sub-elements are applied.

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