A Web of Culture is beginning an FDF Judges blog series, profiling the judges that have contributed significantly to FDF, folk dance, and the Greek community. This month the spotlight is on Renee Cleary.
The Fukushima nuclear disaster of 2011 killed 154 people and forced residents of the Ukedo district in Namie, Fukushima to evacuate. Shortly after the disaster, Shigeko Sasaki reached out to young dancers who had evacuated. They formed a folk arts preservation group and began practicing a traditional rice planting dance. Since then, the young evacuees have been bringing hope to the area by performing authentic folk dances.
In the early 1900s, Elizabeth Burchenal began to introduce folk dancing into the physical education curricula of New York City schools. In doing so, she sparked an interest in folk dance not only in New York, but across the country.
A Senior Naval Academy midshipman has put together an extraordinary cover video of the radio hit “Uptown Funk” that’s quickly going viral. Ryan Tuohy and his Navy colleagues dance up and down Maryland Avenue singing cleverly rewritten lyrics to the popular Mark Ronson song.
November is Native American Heritage Month! The Library of Congress, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, and many other organizations across the nation are participating by paying tribute to Native American ancestry and traditions. One of our favorites is The Circle of Dance, a current exhibit at the National Museum of the American Indian at the Smithsonian in New York.
Alkis Raftis is the president of the International Dance Council at UNESCO, Paris. He is an avid dance researcher, with an emphasis in the ethnographic study of traditional Greek dance. Raftis attended the Greek Orthodox Folk Dance & Choral Festival (FDF) for the first time in 1991 when it was held in Seattle, WA.