Tag Archives: dance

Maypole Dance at Waldorf School

This friend told me this story late at night in the kitchen on May 1, 2021. We were surrounded by four other friends who moved in and out of the room, and he spoke about his experience attending annual Maypole celebrations at a New York (Ghent) Waldorf School. * “I went to a very alternative… Continue Reading »

“Toi Toi Toi” – Folk Speech for Performing Artists

Context: Informant AT was a current undergraduate student at The University of Southern California pursuing their BFA in Dance at the time of this collection. AT has been training in multiple dance genres since they were young. Dancing has allowed AT to travel around the world where they have had the opportunity to perform for… Continue Reading »

Proverb for calling people out

Context & Background: An example of a proverb used to make fun of people or call people out. Translated from Hindi to English. Informant – collector’s father.  Performance: (in person) Proverb: “Naach Na Ai, Aangan Teda” Transliteration: Naach: dance Na: not Ai: know  Aagna: floor/courtyard Teda: uneven/slanted Translation: Don’t know dance, then the floor is… Continue Reading »

Danza de los Viejitos

Main piece: There’s this thing called Danza de los Viejitos. It’s is a dance to represent the 4 elements, which are water, earth, air and fire, and the dancers wear this thing called a Sarape, a cloak, and a straw hat and sandals with a wooden bottom so that their footsteps are like, heard by… Continue Reading »

A Modern Quinceañera

Abstract: The Quinceañera also known as quince is a huge milestone in Hispanic culture as it is the right of passage for a girl to become a woman. This is the celebration of a girl’s 15th birthday and the meaning behind it has been adapted as time goes on. Initially, it was a ceremony to… Continue Reading »