Two-Stepping Around the World
The rhythms and cultures of our world are reflected in the amazing diversity of dance forms. Tango, flamenco, capoeira, ballet, and break dancing are all forms of dance and movement that bring us closer together and forge our identities within our cultures. Today, we'll travel across the globe to explore some of those forms and their similarities and differences.
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What were you most surprised to learn about dance from around the world today?
If you could take a class that combined two different styles of dance, which would they be and what would you name it? (Bonus: Show a dance move that represents it!)
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The World in Dance
Let's start with a look at 20 unique dance styles, from Chinese lion dances to the samba and the waltz.
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Fantastic Fan Dances
For our next stop, we’ll be viewing a traditional Korean fan dance. Watch how the dancers use their brightly colored fans to create visual patterns and emphasize certain movements.
A Scottish Folk Dance
Next up is Glasgow, Scotland, where you'll see a traditional folk dance often performed by families.
Modern Dance Crews from Around the World
This international dance tour could go on and on! Get a glimpse of some more of the best modern dancers from Asia, New Zealand, France, Britain, Australia, and more back at the Got Talent show.
Putting the Dots in Dance
The art of dance involves a lot more than just movement and music. In the videos you’ve seen so far, you may have noticed how some dances are performed with masks, elaborate costumes, and even intricate makeup. Dot art is one form of art that is unique to Aboriginal culture in Australia and sometimes even appears on the faces of performers. Now, it’s time to try your hand at creating your very own.
Grab some black construction paper and paint, if you have it (if you don't, brightly colored crayons can work too), then watch this quick tutorial by Pamela of Hayes Art Studio and start dot painting!
Djembe Drumming Lesson
Rhythm and drumming are common elements of many dance forms around the world. Take a quick drum lesson with the Djembe Guru as he leads you through a lesson on a Djembe drum. You can use an upside-down bucket, your hands, or any surface in your home.
Getting in the groove? Kick it up a notch and record yourself performing. If someone else is home with you, you can do it together as partners or in a group!