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Arts Toolkit: Dance Video Clips




In this singing game enjoyed by Brazilian children for generations, dancers move in a circle, then call one child into the center to recite a verse. Instructor Jennifer Rose Escobar sings and directs the dance with a group of intermediate students.

Suggested Uses:

  • Watch the video for ideas on how to teach this traditional dance to your students.
  • Show the video to students to help them learn the dance or understand the cultural significance of the dance.
  • Show this segment with other circle dances from the toolkit (“Punchinella,” “Seven Jumps,” and “Little Johnny Brown”) and ask students to compare the dances.
  • Have students write poetry to recite in the circle.
  • Sing the song in Portuguese, and have students from other cultures in your class share folk dances from their cultures.
  • Show to compare dances from diverse cultures.

For more information:

(These links may leave the Arts Toolkit.)

See the Dance and Culture section of the Dance Arts Toolkit binder.


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