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Dances of the World: Ukraine

Dances of the World: Ukraine

Our world is rich in diversity, and dance is a universal language, a part of every culture. So welcome to this new series, where we are about to embark upon a world tour…of dance.
August 11, 2021  in History of Dance
Pride: Same-Sex Dancesport

Pride: Same-Sex Dancesport

Throughout the decades, dancesport has evolved in terms of costuming, styling, technique, and choice/style of music, even in judging. Now in the year 2020, there is another shift occurring: same-sex or same-gender partnerships. But the struggle for equality wasn't birthed overnight. 
June 08, 2021  in History of Dance
The Best Things Happen While You're Dancing: Dance in Film

The Best Things Happen While You're Dancing: Dance in Film

Well, alright. It’s January. And it’s still winter. And we're in lockdown again. And we all miss dancing. So in an attempt to remind us what we love and why we love it, I've put together a list of some of my favourite dance scenes from film. I've chosen the slightly random number of 11, and if I've missed one you love tell me what it is in the comments!
February 11, 2021  in History of Dance
Sad, Sensual, Sexy. Violent, & Quiet: The Origins of Tango

Sad, Sensual, Sexy. Violent, & Quiet: The Origins of Tango

The weather is hot and sultry, and the sun beats down on the courtyard of the tenement block. Guitars and the bandoneon form a melody staccato, legato. Dancers keep time, leg movements sharp and precise. Glances are heated. There is desire. There is a struggle, perhaps.

It is passion incarnate.

It is Tango.

January 11, 2020  in History of Dance
A Little Party Never Hurt Nobody: Dances of the 1920s

A Little Party Never Hurt Nobody: Dances of the 1920s

1920. The beginning of what would come to be known as the Roaring Twenties and the Jazz Age. World War I had ended and the world was giddy, full of euphoria. And the Foxtrot, Peabody, and Charleston are reflections of that.
December 01, 2019  in History of Dance
The Joy of Life: A Closer Look at Samba

The Joy of Life: A Closer Look at Samba

Beneath a bright sun and the fronds of palm trees, the streets are packed with floats and people moving to the beat of the drum, tamborim, and the ganzá. The energy rises in waves, hotter than the sun beating down on the pavement. People are singing, laughing, dancing, moving with the joy of the dance and the joy of being alive. This is Carnaval in Rio. And this is Samba.
May 17, 2019  in History of Dance
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