Category Archives: Dance

Highlights of Hungary from the Smithsonian Folklife Festival 2013

This year’s country for the Smithsonian Folklife Festival was Hungary. The focus was on eight regions of the country and folk art and traditions from these regions. Some of the highlights include wood working; textiles, including flower embroidery from Kalocsa, … Continue reading

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Sri Lankan Cultural Dance

Sri Lankan cultural dance is a mixture of folk dances, storytelling, and acrobatics. Often props such as baskets, sticks, or tambourines are used; masks may be worn (especially with the devil dances); and an aspect of daily life or mythology … Continue reading

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Maori Poi Dance

Although mostly known in the U.S. as fire poi, which is done at outdoor festivals, poi originated with and is still performed by the indigenous Maori of New Zealand. Poi is a set of small plastic balls attached to yarn … Continue reading

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Being a dance aficionado, I was very interested to check out Hawaii Day at the National Museum of the American Indian earlier this summer. There were dance performances throughout the day that re-piqued my interest in hula. Until recently, the … Continue reading

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The Feast of the Chontaduro

In Colombia, the Feast of the Chontaduro, or “Dance of the Doll” occurs in the middle of summer, when the chontaduro fruit ripens. The feast lasts for 2 days, and includes dances of various animals and their governing spirit. The … Continue reading

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Bolivian Folk Dance

I’ve always been fascinated by cultural dance–both folk styles as well as popular dances (such as salsa, tango, swing, etc.), and have studied several myself. So it is unsurprising that my first blog post relates to cultural dance–in this case, … Continue reading

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