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DanceSense Program 2: The Dance of Culture



This program explores the origins of dance and encourages respect for dance as a part of many cultures. The four segments show a wide variety of dances from the United States and around the world. The segment on Culture features the Kathak of India, kabuki dance from Japan, Yoruba dances from West Africa, a folkloric dance from Cuba, and a native dance from Alaska. A segment on Popular Social Dance shows the Charleston, the Lindy hop, the jitterbug, and swing dance. The waltz and Acadian dances are featured in a segment on Cultural Changes, and the segment on Comparing Cultures explores the influences of Spanish and African cultures on dances of the Caribbean.

Suggested Uses:

  • To build your own knowledge of dance.
  • To introduce class discussions or student explorations of cultural dances.
  • To prepare students to learn dances from other cultures.
  • Show in conjunction with segments from the Dances from Many Cultures video/DVD, the African Root video/DVD, and/or Part III of the DanceSense Enhanced DVD to compare cultural dances.

For more information:

(These links may leave the Arts Toolkit.)

See the Dance and Culture and History and Styles sections of the Dance Arts Toolkit binder.

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