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.
what you’ll need
- A computer, tablet, or mobile phone and access to the internet
- Pens, crayons, or colored pencils
- Black construction paper
- Acrylic paint (in a few colors) and paintbrush (optional)
- A paper plate
Ask About Today
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!)
Skip the Ads
Unfortunately, online videos often start with short advertisements. Remind your campers to click the "Skip" button as soon as they can to move ahead to the video.
Say Aloha to Hula
Aloha! Our first stop today is Hawaii to see Polynesian hula dancers in action.
Remember: Online videos often start with advertisements. (Annoying, we agree!) Click the "Skip" button as soon as you can to move ahead to the video.
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!
Get the Global Perspective
Worldwide, various dance forms have evolved over the years and some have crossed their regional boundaries and gained admirers globally. Read more about the art form adored all around the world in this article from Brittanica Kids.
For younger explorers
The Dragon Dance
Read along to the story The Dragon Dance and find out what happens when a creative group of kids decides to make their own dragon.
For younger explorers
Peppa Pig's Chinese New Year
Learn all about the Chinese New Year and its distinctive dances with Peppa the Pig!
Baby Animal Rescue!
Ok, so we need a break from all this dancing. What’s the opposite of dancing? Rescuing baby animals, maybe?! Help Martin from the Wild Kratts save the animals by collecting clues about where they may be hidden.
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!
more to explore
More about Dot Art
The Aboriginal people of Australia have a tradition of making rich visual art and often use body paint and makeup in their dances. In this video, you'll learn the history behind "dot art."
Stepping with Baltimore Students
Stepping is a vibrant form of dance that was developed from enslaved Africans in route to “the New World”. Watch this trailer of Baltimore students using step to keep the tradition alive and help them overpower obstacles.
More World Dance Forms
Check out the beautiful photos and descriptions of more of the world's most amazing dance forms, including many you've probably never heard of, like the Adumu dance from Africa or the Raqs Sharki dance of Egypt.