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Arts and Humanities

Dancing Threads: Community Dances from Africa to Zuni

Traditional folk dances from various cultures
Grade Levels:
30 minutes
Taping Rights:
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Teaching Materials:
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Program Schedule and Streaming Links:
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Outstanding performers teach traditional Appalachian, African-American, and Native American dances and “play party games,” involving patterns of singing, dancing, poetry, mimicry, and play-acting. Each program features step-by-step instructions as well as a complete student performance of the game or dance. An interview with the performer gives the historical and cultural contexts of the dance.

Dancing Threads gives young people a multicultural and historical perspective, encouraging them to value their own and other cultural traditions. Additional background information is provided in the extensive teacher’s guide.

Programs 2 and 3 of this series are available online in the KET EncycloMedia.

Program of Studies
Dance: Structure in the Arts, Humanity in the Arts, Purposes for Creating the Arts, Processes in the Arts, Interrelationships Among the Arts

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2012/13 Program Schedule

101. Goin' to Boston
Taught by Appalachian storyteller Anndrena Belcher. Discussion topics: changing attitudes toward dance, immigration from the British Isles to North America.
102. Little Johnny Brown
Taught by African-American musician and storyteller Paula Larke. Discussion topics: types of games, oral tradition, African settlement in America, slave life.
103. Weevily Wheat
Taught by Anndrena Belcher. Discussion topics: Britain's Bonnie Prince Charlie, genealogy, family traditions, heroes.
104. Zuni Harvest Dances
Taught by Zuni storyteller Arden Kucate. Discussion topics: history of the Southwestern American Indians, daily life of the Pueblo peoples, similarities and differences among cultures.

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Kentucky Academic Expectations

This program relates to the following Kentucky Academic Expectations.

Kentucky schools may tape and retain programs according to the rights listed above. For further information, contact the KET Education Division.


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