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These video segments are found on the DVDs in the boxed Dance Arts Toolkit 2nd edition.

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The African Root

African Dance

This collection of video excerpts exploring African dance and its influences is included in the Dance Arts Toolkit.



West African Dance: Description and Warm-Up
Following a performance of West African dance, Harlina Churn-Diallo introduces concepts of African dance while dancers demonstrate warm-up movements.
Length: 00:06:09
West African Dance: The Connection Between Music and Movement
Dancers demonstrate four basic movements of African dance and how isolation of body parts is used.
Length: 00:08:14
West African Dance: Choreography
Dancers demonstrate a dance created using four basic movements of African dance.
Length: 00:07:28
Afro-Cuban Dance: Understanding the Clave Rhythm Pattern
Katherine Kramer explains clave rhythm while dancers move to it.
Length: 00:07:33
Afro-Cuban Dance: Warming Up to the Clave Rhythm Pattern
Katherine Kramer discusses Spanish and African influences, and dancers demonstrate warm-up movements such as isolation of body parts.
Length: 00:06:12
Afro-Cuban Dance: Moving to the Clave Rhythm Pattern
Dancers demonstrate using locomotor and non-locomotor movements with the clave rhythm to create a dance.
Length: 00:02:09
Afro-Cuban Dance: Salsa Dancing
Dancers demonstrate basic salsa steps.
Length: 00:09:27
African Dance Performances
Imani Dance and Drum Company performs lambah, a traditional dance from Mali, and a plantation dance/ring shout in the style of dances performed by African Americans on plantations in the American South.
Length: 00:05:44
Hand Jives
Girls from Paducah, KY demonstrate traditional American games learned from their mother, and two young women living in Bowling Green play some similar games from Nigeria.
Length: 00:03:47

Dances from Many Cultures

Little Johnny Brown

This collection of dances from European, African-American, Brazilian, Native American, and Appalachian cultures is included in the Dance Arts Toolkit.



Punchinella
Jennifer Rose Escobar and primary students play a circle game that originated in France.
Length: 00:02:51
Seven Jumps
Jennifer Rose Escobar teaches students a circle movement game that has been danced in Denmark and Appalachia.
Length: 00:05:24
Ciranda
Jennifer Rose Escobar teaches students a Brazilian circle dance.
Length: 00:02:49
Little Johnny Brown
Paula Larke discusses the symbolism of “Little Johnny Brown,” an African-American circle dance, and students perform the dance.
Length: 00:09:00
Zuni Harvest Dance
Arden Kucate discusses Zuni culture and teaches students two Native American dances.
Length: 00:06:33
Goin’ to Boston
Anndrena Belcher discusses “play party games” in Appalachian culture and teaches students an Appalachian dance with Colonial roots.
Length: 00:14:00
Upon a Summer’s Day
Jennifer Rose Escobar teaches students an example of dance popular with the British upper classes during the 16th and 17th centuries.
Length: 00:14:41

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Teaching Creative Dance

Creating an ABA Dance

This collection of four model lessons demonstrating the how and why of teaching creative dance is included in the Dance Arts Toolkit.



Creating a Movement Sequence
2nd graders create movement sequences exploring the element of space in this lesson taught by Adam Kirk, dynamic fitness instructor at Fayette County’s Southern Elementary, and Dr. Rayma Beal of the University of Kentucky Department of Kinesiology and Health Promotion.
Length: 00:12:28
Dancing Stories
Marianne McAdam, director of the Dance Minor Program at Eastern Kentucky University, demonstrates how to use a story as a basis for creating dance in a lesson for 4th graders that focuses on the element of force.
Length: 00:12:15
Creating an ABA Dance
Middle school students explore the element of time—rhythm and speed—by creating ABA dances in this lesson taught by Artist-in-Residence Kacey Frazier.
Length: 00:18:02
Dancing the Water Cycle
Physical education teacher Rick Carr and 4th-grade science teacher Shelby Ison of Woodford County’s Northside Elementary collaborate on a lesson in which students combine their knowledge of science and dance concepts.
Length: 00:15:33

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Dance Performances

Arabian Dance

Nine performance videos demonstrate a variety of dance styles. Host David Thurmond introduces each segment with background information and ideas for what to look for in each dance.



What Is Dance?
David Thurmond, a dance educator and former dancer with the Louisville Ballet, defines dance, introduces the elements of dance, and offers suggestions on how students can use performance video segments.
Length: 00:05:20
Lucky Day
Marc Morizumi of the Secret Commonwealth Ensemble performs a modern dance that illustrates how dancers express feelings through movement as well as the connection between athleticism and dance.
Length: 00:04:45
Iye, Iye
The Imani Dance and Drum Company performs a traditional West African harvest dance.
Length: 00:03:55
Heat/Ode to Sabrina
Concepts from jazz dance are illustrated in two excerpts from dances performed by Decidedly Jazz Danceworks.
Length: 00:04:58
The Graveyard
Two friends’ imaginations run wild when they pass a graveyard in this modern dance from The Secret Commonwealth, Part 1: The Changeling and the Bear.
Length: 00:03:44
Bluegrass Clogging
Young dancers from the Kentucky Cloggers perform to music by Hog Operation.
Length: 00:04:34
Jamaica Funk
Dancers from the North Carolina Youth Tap Ensemble perform a tap piece that illustrates the energy and enthusiasm of contemporary tap dancing.
Length: 00:03:10
Farruca
Diana Dinicola of Dos Aguas dances the type of flamenco dance known as a farruca, with musical accompaniment by Gareth Jones and Sidney King and Mariya Tarakanova as clapper.
Length: 00:04:33
Arabian and Chinese Dances from The Nutcracker
Members of a Lexington ballet company perform contrasting dances from Tchaikovsky’s ballet The Nutcracker.
Length: 00:07:22
Hot
Michelle Bump leads the Secret Commonwealth Ensemble in the performance of a modern dance in which the costuming and choreography work together to convey a fiery theme.
Length: 00:04:38

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DanceSense Enhanced

Dance Teacher

This special Dance Arts Toolkit DVD includes the entire 10-part KET series DanceSense, plus a video history of dance, five video segments exploring dance traditions, and four video segments illustrating dance styles.



DanceSense Program 1: Understanding Dance
This exploration of what dance is—and what it isn’t—includes three segments: how movement in dance compares to other forms of movement; the role the choreographer plays in the creation of a dance; and the three main categories of dance: artistic, ceremonial, and recreational.
Length: 00:15:00
DanceSense Program 2: The Dance of Culture
Four segments show a variety of ceremonial and social dances—from the Kathak of India to the American jitterbug—and explore how dance reflects culture and how cultural traditions influence the development of dance.
Length: 00:15:00
DanceSense Program 3: Dance in America
This exploration of American dance includes four segments: Native American dance, European influences, African dance, and blending cultures.
Length: 00:15:00
DanceSense Program 4: The Elements of Dance
Video segments introduce and explore the three dance elements of space, time, and force.
Length: 00:15:00
DanceSense Program 5: The Moving Body
In two segments, dancers explain how they train and demonstrate locomotor and non-locomotor movements.
Length: 00:15:00
DanceSense Program 6: Making Dance
Five segments explore how dance is created, from the role of the choreographer and dance phrases to improvisation and parts of a dance.
Length: 00:15:00
DanceSense Program 7: Ballet
Four segments offer an overview of ballet, including history, training, innovators, and how to watch.
Length: 00:15:00
DanceSense Program 8: Modern Dance
Two segments explore the history and characteristics of modern dance.
Length: 00:15:00
DanceSense Program 9: Jazz Dance
Four segments offer an overview of jazz dance, including history, techniques such as isolations and syncopation, jazz styles such as swing, and how to watch.
Length: 00:15:00
DanceSense Program 10: Tap and Percussive Dance
Four segments offer an overview of percussive dance, including history; techniques; tap styles; and other types of percussive dance such as flamenco, Irish step dance, and body percussion.
Length: 00:15:00
Dancing Through Time
KET Distance Learning instructor Elizabeth Jewell provides a history of dance from ancient to contemporary times, illustrated with art, photographs, and video footage.
Length: 00:25:00

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Dance Traditions

Dance Traditions: Powwow
Footage taped at a powwow at Trail of Tears Park in Hopkinsville, KY shows a variety of Native American dance.
Length: 00:03:53
Dance Traditions: Kathak
This example of a classical Indian dance was taped at a Mecca Dance Studio performance.
Length: 00:02:47
Dance Traditions: Three Irish Dances
Carrigdhoun Comhaltas dancers perform a polka, a jig, and a reel.
Length: 00:06:40
Dance Traditions: Jean Ritchie on Play Party Games
Anndrena Belcher interviews Jean Ritchie about the Appalachian tradition of community dances called “play party games.”
Length: 00:05:00
Dance Traditions: Berea College Country Dance School
Interviews and dance footage explain the purposes and activities of Berea College’s program to preserve country dance traditions.
Length: 00:06:40

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Dance Styles

Dance Styles: Dance Vocabulary/Basic Positions
Dancers demonstrate basic foot positions of ballet, modern, and jazz dance.
Length: 00:06:53
Dance Styles: Ballet: Helen Starr
Helen Starr discusses her career as a ballerina and her role at the Louisville Ballet.
Length: 00:10:29
Dance Styles: Modern: Art! Art! Barking Dog Dance Company
Anastasia McGlothlin, Alan Lommasson, and Lynn Slaughter, founders of the Louisville-based company, discuss modern dance; the segment also includes footage from performances.
Length: 00:10:12
Dance Styles: Jazz/Tap: JazzArts at Western Kentucky University
Footage from Western Kentucky University’s summer JazzArts workshop includes jazz and tap performance excerpts.
Length: 00:07:37

Dances of the Americas

Dance Teacher
About Cherokee Dance
In this video John Bullet Standingdeer a member of the Warriors of AniKituhwa of Cherokee, NC, describes the cultural importance of the ceremonial Eagle Dance, performed by the Warriors of AniKituhwa, and the social Beaver Dance, performed by the Raven Rock Dancers.
Length: 6:07
Cherokee Beaver Dance
In this video The Raven Rock Dancers perform the Beaver Dance, a social dance depicting the actions of a hunting party, at the 2006 Festival of Native Peoples. The Raven Rock Dancers is a family group founded by Walker Calhoun, a respected Cherokee elder.
Length: 5:20
Cherokee Eagle Dance
In this video The Warriors of AniKituhwa perform the Eagle Dance at the 2006 Festival of Native Peoples. Like other dances from Cherokee culture, the Eagle Dance serves as a catalyst for people to come forward and share their memories and a way to preserve cultural traditions.
Length: 3:10
About Mohawk Dance
Curtis Lazone, a member of the troupe, describes the dance tradition of the Mohawk as a form of service, offering an opportunity for everyone—community members and outsiders alike—to share in the nation's rich culture.
Length: 6:35
Mohawk New Women's Shuffle Dance
The New Women's Shuffle Dance is a fairly simple, shuffle-style dance. Dancers move in a counterclockwise direction, representing the cycle of life and the direction of the earth's movements. The idea that through this life cycle life constantly renews itself helps honor the special connection women have to the earth as "Life Givers."
Length: 3:42
Mohawk standing Quiver Dance
Watahtshero:ton, or the Standing Quiver Dance, is a Mohawk dance that was traditionally performed to honor the men of the tribe. Before a hunting party departed or a group of warriors left for battle, men would place their weapons and hunting gear in the middle of the dance area. Then, the group would dance around the pile of weapons in single file.
Length: 3:25
About Apache Dance
The Apache Crown Dancers are enrolled members of the White Mountain Apache Tribe and live in Whiteriver, Ariz. In this video segment, the group leader, Joe Tohonnie, Jr., talks about the long history of the dance and its role in Apache culture as the dancers perform Crown Dances.
Length: 6:44
Apache Performance 1
The Apache Crown Dancers are enrolled members of the White Mountain Apache Tribe and live in Whiteriver, Ariz. In this video segment, they perform a traditional Crown Dance in full regalia to music sung by the group leader, Joe Tohonnie, Jr.
Length: 2:50
Apache Performance 2
The Apache Crown Dancers are enrolled members of the White Mountain Apache Tribe and live in Whiteriver, Ariz. In this video segment, they perform a traditional Crown Dance in full regalia to music sung by the group leader, Joe Tohonnie, Jr.
Length: 2:17
Apache Performance 3
The Apache Crown Dancers are enrolled members of the White Mountain Apache Tribe and live in Whiteriver, Ariz. In this video segment, they perform a traditional Crown Dance in full regalia to music sung by the group leader, Joe Tohonnie, Jr.
Length: 2:50
Apache Performance 4
The Apache Crown Dancers are enrolled members of the White Mountain Apache Tribe and live in Whiteriver, Ariz. In this video segment, they perform a traditional Crown Dance in full regalia to music sung by the group leader, Joe Tohonnie, Jr.
Length: 3:05
About Navajo Dance
Albert Brent Chase, artistic director of The Pollen Trail Dancers, explains the purposes of dance in Navajo culture. He notes that dance is a form of honoring one's self and the connection with one's surroundings; that dance has a healing purpose; and that dance and songs are ways of carrying on traditional teachings and history of the Navajo people.
Length: 8:25
Navajo Shaker Dance
In this video The Pollen Trail Dancers perform the Navajo Shaker Dance, also called the Buffalo Dance. Artistic director Albert Brent Chase explains that the Shaker or Buffalo Dance is a healing dance that is part of the Fire Dance Ceremony, which lasts nine nights.
Length: 4:10
Navajo Bow and Arrow Dance
The Pollen Trail Dancers from the Navajo Reservation north of Joseph City, Arizona, perform a dance that uses movement to tell of hunting parties and protection.
Length: 1:42
Navajo Sash Dance
The Pollen Trail Dancers from the Navajo Reservation north of Joseph City, Arizona, perform a dance based on the story of Spider Woman's teaching of weaving to the Navajo people.
Length: 7:14
Navajo Dance of the Deities
The Pollen Trail Dancers from the Navajo Reservation north of Joseph City, Arizona, perform a dance inspired by the Navajo teachings of the four directions as sacred pillars of Mother Earth.
Length: 12:47
About the Git-Hoan Dances
David Boxley of the Git-Hoan Dancers discusses dance traditions of the Tsimshian, whose descendants live on the Northwest coast of northern British Columbia and in southeastern Alaska. He discusses the use of masks and other handmade regalia in the dances.
Length: 7:15
Git-Hoan Shaman and Land Otter's Dance
The Git-Hoan Dancers perform a dance of the Tsimshian people that 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.
Length: 4:27
Git-Hoan Raven Dance
In this video the Git-Hoan Dancers perform the Raven Dance, a celebration of the Raven Clan. They wear masks representing the clan. In Tsimshian culture, the wearer of a mask is said to take on the spirit of the creature it signifies.
Length: 3:40
Git-Hoan Eagle Dance
The Git-Hoan Dancers perform a traditional Tsimshian dance that tells the story of an eagle and a young chief.
Length: 2:56
Git-Hoan Chief's Headdress Dance
In this video three dancers of the Git-Hoan troupe perform the Chief's Headdress Dance celebrating the meaning found in the leader's ceremonial headwear. The Git-Hoan are descendants of the Tsimshian people of northwest Canada and Alaska.
Length: 3:20
The Sun Ceremony
The Totonac Sun Ceremony or Dance of the Voladores (Flying Dance) is unique and thrilling to watch. It is part of a long ceremony performed in honor of the sun.
Length: 3:12

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Dances of Latin America

About Salsa
Cathya Beard and Prageeth Sasanka Hettiarachchi introduce the salsa, discussing its origin, the basic movement, and the interaction between partners.
Length: 3:14
Salsa Performance
Cathya Beard and Prageeth Sasanka Hettiarachchi perform salsa.
Length: 4:35
About the Argentine Tango
Ron and Judith Gariepy introduce the Argentine tango, including the communication necessary between partners and the traditional etiquette for asking someone to dance.
Length: 7:31
Argentine Tango Performance
Ron and Judith Gariepy dance the Argentine tango, demonstration the traditional etiquette of asking for a dance and the leading and following that is distinctive of the dance.
Length: 2:48
About Capoeira
Joe Allred, leader of the Lexington, KY.-based Capoeira Narahari, discusses the basics of Capoeira and its origins in Brazil.
Length: 5:20
Capoeira Demonstration
Lexington, Ky.-based group Capoeira Narahara demonstrate Capoeira, a collaborative game/dance that grew out of fusion of cultures of African slaves and native Indians in Brazil.
Length: 6:53

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Dances of Africa

About the Welcome Dance from Yoruba
Adebola and Jeaunita Olowe discuss Nigerian culture and dance and how they started an African dance company in the United States.
Length: 6:31
What Dance Means to Me
Jeaunita and Adebola Olowe of Bi-Okoto Drum & Dance Theatre, talk about what dance means to them and their culture.
Length: 00:57
Performance: E Sin Mi D'Africa
In this video Bi-Okoto Drum and Dance Theatre performs a welcome dance that combines movements from several traditional dances of the Yoruba people of Nigeria.
Length: 8:45
About the Cleansing Dance from Togo
Jeaunita and Adebola Olowe of Bi-Okoto Drum & Dance Theatre talk about the Sohu, a ritual cleansing dance from Togo.
Length: 3:18
Performance: Sohu
In this video Bi-Okoto Drum and Dance Theatre performs Sohu, a ritual cleansing dance from Togo.
Length: 7:15
Performance: Gu Pelou
Moha Dosso, a professional stilt dancer and musician, performs the Gue Pelou dance from the Ivory Coast. The Gue Pelou is a sacred rite used to honor and communicate with the spirit world and can be danced to protect the village.
Length: 5:20
Performance: Mendiani
Dancer Moha Dosso and the Kyene Drum Ensemble perform the Mendiani, an international West African dance performed mainly in Gambia, Senegal, Mali, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, and the Ivory Coast.
Length: 1:45
Performance: Kou Kou
In this video Moha Dosso, a professional stilt dancer and musician, performs the Kou-Kou dance from the Ivory Coast. Kou-Kou is a communal recreational dance, often used to teach kids how to dance. Moha Dosso performs with the Kyene Drum Ensemble.
Length: 3:30

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Dances of Asia

About the Bharatanatyam
Dancer Lakshmi Sriraman talks about the bharatanatyam, a classical dance from India.
Length: 7:37
Bharatanatyam Performance
The example of Bharatanatyam shown in the video is called Pushpananjali, which means "an offering of flowers." It displays the dancer's invocation of Nataraj, or the cosmic dancer also known as Shiva.
Length: 7:09
About the Chinese Sword Dance
Jingzian Zhang, a retired professor of Chinese opera, talks about the purpose and form of the Chinese Sword Dance.
Length: 4:23
Performance: Chinese Sword Dance
Jingzian Zhang, a retired professor of Chinese opera, performs a Chinese Sword Dance influenced by the ancient Chinese art of Tai Chi.
Length: 3:55
About the Chinese Fan Dance
Cheryl Pan, a dancer from China, talks about the Chinese fan dance and shows a variety of fans used in Chinese dances.
Length: 5:18
Performance: Chinese Fan Dance
Cheryl Pan, a dancer from China, talks about the Chinese fan dance and shows a variety of fans used in Chinese dances.
Length: 4:51

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From Tarantella to Stepping

About the Tarantella
Jennifer Rose, a dancer, musician, and folk historian from Berea, Ky., talks about the background of the Tarantella, a folk dance that originated in Italy.
Length: 5:19
Tarantella Performance
The Berea Festival Dancers dance a variation of the Tarantella, a folk dance that originated in Italy in the Middle Ages.
Length: 2:20
About Stepping
Tamisha Floyd, one of four captains of the Step Team at Bryan Station High School in Lexington, Ky., describes stepping and how her team learns and practices its routines.
Length: 2:28
Performance: Stepping
The Step Team at Bryan Station High School in Lexington, Ky., performs a step routine.
Length: 5:08

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Dance Onstage

Jacques d'Amboise: A Life in Dance
Iconic ballet dancer Jacques d'Amboise, who worked with choreographer George Balanchine and as a principal dancer in the New York City Ballet, talks about how he became a dancer and the importance of dance.
Length: ?
Jacques d'Amboise: Creating the Dance
Iconic ballet dancer Jacques d'Amboise works with young dancers at the Lexington Ballet Company to choreograph and prepare a work for performance in less than 24 hours.
Length: 8:01
Jacques d'Amboise: Dance Presentation
Young dancers at the Lexington Ballet Company perform a piece that ballet icon Jacque d'Amboise choreographed and taught them.
Length: 10:54
Liebestraume: Dance 1 (opening)
The Louisville Ballet performs Liebestraume, a ballet choreographed by Alun Jones, who was the company's artistic director. The piece is performed to music by Franz Liszt.
Length: 6:06
Liebestraume: Dance 2 (solo)
The Louisville Ballet performs Liebestraume, a ballet choreographed by Alun Jones, who was the company's artistic director. The piece is performed to music by Franz Liszt.
Length: 1:27
Liebestraume: Dance 3 (Pas de trois)
The Louisville Ballet performs Liebestraume, a ballet choreographed by Alun Jones, who was the company's artistic director. The piece is performed to music by Franz Liszt.
Length: 3:13
Liebestraume: Dance 4 (Pas de deux)
The Louisville Ballet performs Liebestraume, a ballet choreographed by Alun Jones, who was the company's artistic director. The piece is performed to music by Franz Liszt.
Length: 4:14
Liebestraume: Dance 5 (Pas de quatre)
The Louisville Ballet performs Liebestraume, a ballet choreographed by Alun Jones, who was the company's artistic director. The piece is performed to music by Franz Liszt.
Length: 2:10
Liebestraume: Dance 6 (Pas de quatre)
The Louisville Ballet performs Liebestraume, a ballet choreographed by Alun Jones, who was the company's artistic director. The piece is performed to music by Franz Liszt.
Length: 6:08
Liebestraume: Dance 7 (Final Waltz)
The Louisville Ballet performs Liebestraume, a ballet choreographed by Alun Jones, who was the company's artistic director. The piece is performed to music by Franz Liszt.
Length: 4:06
Introduction to Killer of Enemies: The Devine Hero
Robin Wilson, a dancer and choreographer, gives a brief overview of Erick Hawkins' Killer of Enemies: The Divine Hero. She discusses the storyline, the characters, and how choreographer Hawkins was influenced by Native American myths.
Length: 1:32
I Am Killer of Enemies
This dance from the modern dance production Erick Hawkins' Killer of Enemies: The Divine Hero introduces the young man Killer of Enemies, who will be the hero of the story.
Length: 3:21
Killer of Enemies: The Devine Hero - Big Giant
In this segment from Erick Hawkins' Killer of Enemies: The Divine Hero, the young hero battles a monster called Big Giant.
Length: 2:21
Killer of Enemies: The Devine Hero – Monster Eagle
In this segment from Erick Hawkins' Killer of Enemies: The Divine Hero, the young hero battles Monster Eagle, who swoops down from the sky.
Length: 1:36
Killer of Enemies: The Devine Hero – Big Owl
In this segment from Erick Hawkins' Killer of Enemies: The Divine Hero, the young hero must overcome his fear of Big Owl, "the staring eye that kills."
Length: 2:03
Killer of Enemies: The Devine Hero – Monster Fish
In this segment from Erick Hawkins' Killer of Enemies: The Divine Hero, the young hero is swallowed by Monster Fish and must battle his way out.
Length: 1:27
Tap Jam
A group of tap dancers join choreographer Katherine Kramer in a "tap jam." The tappers demonstrate a variety of steps, perform in unison, and take turns improvising solos.
Length: 2:30

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