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.
The island of Thassos is referred to as “Greece’s Best Kept Secret.” It sits near the northern coast, surrounded by the gorgeous blue waters of the Aegean Sea. Unique shops, restaurants, cafés, and bars line the lively streets. The natural beauty and welcoming culture make this island the perfect vacation destination.
If you’ve ever gone to a Greek Festival and wanted to join in the dancing but hesitated, Kayte Deloma, Los Angeles Travel Expert, has some tips that may make you feel more comfortable. While everyone is welcome to dance, her article on Greek Dance Etiquette, Fun with Folk Dancing advises you to follow a few basic rules to avoid stepping on any toes.