Dance along with Sanna Longden as she reviews 13 folk dances, for all levels of learners, in live teaching situations. This DVD offers dances for three spring holidays, including an Irish ceilidh dance. DVD includes the following dances:
Maypole Plaiting Dances (schoolchildren to grandparents):
Circling or Barber’s Pole (Traditional English/European), no weaving–just circling
Spider Web (Traditional English/European), one group weaves as the other stands
Simple Plaiting/Grand Right & Left (Traditional English/European), both groups at the same time
Diamonds in the Sky (by Terrance Smith), a pattern with partners
Other Dances Around the Maypole (upper elementary to adult)
Sellenger’s Round (Renaissance/Baroque England), circle of couples with traditional English pattern
Gathering Peascods (Renaissance/Baroque England), energetic circle of couples
A Community English May Day Celebration (all ages), a wonderful day of festivities with Maypole, Morris and Sword, Hobby Horse, and other traditional activities, ending with a May song
Double Plaiting (plus some of the dances above), two to a ribbon
Dances of Mexico:
La Raspa (Novelty-Mexico and other countries), all ages, NOT the Mexican hat dance
La Raspa (Traditional-Northern Mexico), 4th-adult, same song-different pattern
Los Machetes (Arranged stick dance-Jalisco), 4th-adult, individuals in a circle
Los Machetes (Arranged partner dance-Jalisco), 2nd-adult, a partner mixer
Tonanzin (Pre-Hispanic Aztec), K-adult, using maracas with improvisation
Irish Ceilidh Dance:
Siege of Carrick (Traditional Irish set dance), 3rd-adult, progressive for four
Grade levels are only suggestions; you know your students best.
Syllabus of dance descriptions is included.
Music for all the dances on ths video can be found on Sanna’s CD #2.