Ethnic dances through time

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Ethnic dances is a popular name referring to world traditional music and dances. They are very rich and diverse with distinctive characteristics in every single part of the world from folk dance to performing arts dances.  

Learning about the wide variety of dances to celebrate life in most regions on the planet is a magnificent way to travel the world and, discover the gems of cultural rhythms in:

As we explore and integrate the movements and their meanings, we blossom in deep and timeless joy.

Taiko drums, Japan | |

Aboriginal, Caribbean, South America, through African, Asian, India to European, Mediterranean, Middle East rhythms...

Kathak Dancer, India |

Wherever you are compelled to travel, bring along all of your 9 senses, ready to immerse into soul rhythms and dances, the language of God manifesting its essence simply naturally.

This is the truth and only the truth. You will be in awe with amazing joy!

Have you noticed the simple universality and musicality of the word dance?

Dances naturally express dynamic conscious movements and bring smart and lively perspectives to view complexities of situations or contexts as banal, entertaining as much as seriously important matters... cooking dance, love dance, the dance of business... 

From East to West, South, and North of the globe, dance unfolds here for our delightful enjoyment of world traditional music and dances along with their past and present values as well as their challenges in regards to modernity, funnelled through ancestral dance history.

Following are a few examples of specific parts of the world we will be travelling to, and a summary of some distinctive dances spirit characteristics.

African dances

These two simple words, African dances, if we are open to consciously reflect on them, bring a vision of the world in the realms of past millenniums, to the quest of ancestries and today's globalization.

The testomonies are widely spread in the African continent and beyond in Ethiopian Traditional Music and Dances, Mapouka: A traditional dance, Capoeira.

Arab dances

If I must use only one word to express my knowledge of Arab dances, it is celebration. Celebration of female energy in Raqs el Sharqi. Celebration of spiritual consciousness in sufism.

Indian dances

The most distinctive and compelling element I find in Indian dances is that we look into the many faces of God throughout the body, however down to earth is the technique, however banal is the story telling. The resulting movements do elevate, do bring access to another dimension.

The body becomes a temple in Odissi dance.

Latin dances

Cumbia Dancers at Barranquilla Carnaval, Colombia |

The beauty of Latin dances is that they are above all truly cross-cultural experiences. To live them and travel through their origins and the many paths they took and are still taken is so exalting.

Latin dances roots are widely indigenous. In Mexico, for example, Aztec indigenous dance religious practices were common people level dances related to life elements cycles and elite dances. The second associated with the priest and ruling classes had been eradicated. The first still flourish beyond life cycles in all regions of Mexico with influences from European and African heritage to some extent.

A few examples are Argentina dances, Samba, Tango

Folkloric dance in Tenochtitlán |

Indigenous dances

Indigenous dances are rituals of manifestations, prayers and symbolisms to reinforce the communication with mother earth and all the elements of the universe.

Indigenous culture existence have survived the clivages of modern world in many regions. They are acknowledge in Hawaiian Hula dances, Native American Dance Stick Traditions

Traditional music and dances celebration of the Guelaguetza Native Festival in Oaxaca, Mexico with women from different ethnic groups

Caribbean dances

Rara, zév bosmetal, Haiti culture | |

Caribbean dances are fundamental in expressing identities, vitality and struggles. A lot of them are literally fighting weapons such as Damyé.

Haiti ethnic dances and traditions, for example, is a mosaic of rhythm revelations from Vodou roots to Aboriginal sources which spiritual essence have been safeguarded. Modern influences are revealed in folklore dances inspired by traditional dance movements.

The essence of rhythm is everywhere, in the way people simply walk and how they bring colours to all in everyday life and the dances are no exceptions in Calypso.

Asian dances

Asian dances are expressions of quests in the making, philosophical researches and, the discipline of following a philosophy to mastery.

The results are regarded as leading-edge masterpieces or reknowned classical arts such as Khmer Traditional Music and Dance, Chinese dance

European dances

The boys featured perform in a Bavarian folk festival held annually in Milwaukee from 1935  | |

However vast is Europe, the common practises in all the different regions is dance as an expression of the cycles of life, of season, often with manifestations to explain the magic in the vitality of the world.

Ethnic dances are ever present in festivals and life customs. Folk Dances such as German rhythms flourish beyond borders to countries such as Austria, Hungary, and The Danube. They are also the spirit source of performing arts dances such as Viennese Waltz, creative dance theatre, and modern dance.

Many pioneers in world performing arts dances cultural changes are recognized to be from German culture.

Ballerina / Bailarina / Балерина / Dancer / Dance / Ballet |

Slavic dances

Kalmyk Folk Costume and Dance | |

Slavic dances emphasize on community bonding. In fact, folk music and dances are very distinctive traditions of great influences from which emerged centuries of excellence in classical music, opera, theatre, and Ballet.

Ballet has become a quintessential element in such country as Russia who develops performing arts dances are part of people customs from early age schooling. 

Ethnic dance practices through time

Ethnic dance in traditional music and dance practices go back to the beginning of times. 

Whatever belief there is as to the origin of dance, we face its elemental nature, the dances spirit, through cultural similarities and differences.

Dances spirit with its ever actual symbiosis with its environment stops time, and beyond, we indulge in wonderfully amazing and joyful wellbeing.

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