Category Archives: Dance

L is for Folk Dances that Start with “L”

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I dance with Phoenix International Folk Dancers every Tuesday night. Here are a bunch of dances we do that start with the letter “L.”

From French-speaking Canada, La Bastringue:

From Romania, La Bordeiul cel din Vale:

From Greece, Lerikos:

From Russia, Lugovon’ka:

From the United States, Louisiana Saturday Night:

From Wales, Lazy Robin (I actually know it as Idle Robin, but idle doesn’t start with “L”):

From Israel, Od Lo Ahavti Dai (on some lists of dances, it appears as Lo Ahavti Dai, so I’m counting it as an “L” dance):

Last Tuesday night, these sweet ladies from Phoenix International Folk Dancers performed one of my favorite dances, Little Miss Greece, so that I could post it here for your viewing pleasure.

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Creative Juice #335

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Creative Juice #335

Amazing stuff this week:

Video of the Week #194: Teen Ballet Dancers

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Phoenix Folk Dance Festival

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Phoenix Folk Dance Festival

This past Saturday marked the 32nd Annual Phoenix Folk Dance Festival.  You missed it? Tsk. Too bad. Make sure you come next year. It will be announced on the ARHtistic License Facebook page (another reason to “like” it). Or better yet, follow the Phoenix International Folk Dancers Facebook page, too.

In the mean time, I’ll give you a small taste of what you missed.

 

I didn’t take my good camera; after sitting out last year because of my pending hip replacement, this year I planned to dance all afternoon (12 noon to 4:30), and I didn’t want to have to babysit my expensive camera. So the photographs I took aren’t all that good; the shutter speed on my Sony Cyber-shot is so slow it didn’t take the picture I’d framed, and it didn’t freeze the action, so they turned out all blurry.

 

We danced folk dances from many countries: Serbia, Bulgaria, South Africa, Albania, Kurdistan, Romania, Israel, Albania, Russia, Turkey, Colombia, United States, Ireland, Hungary, Poland, Greece, Bolivia, Macedonia, Scotland, Maldova, Armenia, Finland, and Japan were all represented, as were the Roma people.

Two exhibition groups performed. The Tucson International Folk Dancers danced Ukrainian dances.

The Asli Karatas Dancers were two youth groups. The youngest dancers performed Turkish dances:

And the older dancers demonstrated the Charleston and some Rockabilly moves:

And I captured the general participants doing an Israeli dance, Erev Ba.

The festival passed surprisingly quickly. We had guests from all over Arizona. We saw some old friends we haven’t seen in a while. We had a lot of fun, and we hope you will join us next year. Or if you’re ever in the Phoenix area, come dance with us most Tuesday nights from 6:30 to 9:30 at the Irish Cultural Center. Bring your dancing shoes.

Wayne Magninie took this panoramic video of most of the attendees. If you look very carefully, you might even find me!

 

Creative Juice #131

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Creative Juice #131

Get your artistic on!

  1. Korean artist Aeppol.
  2. An easy way to try out free motion quilting ideas.
  3. I love Zentangle challenges! It’s always interesting to see the unique interpretations. Here’s one recent challenge and the responses.
  4. The things we skip that end up costing us time and productivity.
  5. Too beautiful to eat.
  6. Funny animal photographs. Best viewing strategy: check out each year’s finalists. Click on the first picture to enlarge, and then click the arrow at the right side of the pictures to scroll through.
  7. Some little art works made from found objects.
  8. I love how this artist challenges herself. We could all practice one thing daily for an extended period.
  9. Playlist for air turbulence.
  10. As if you needed an excuse to drink wine, here are some things you can do with corks.
  11. Architectural drawing, including some in-progress videos!
  12. Celebrating Women’s History Month with the Rockettes.

I’d Rather Be Dancing: Bulgarian Folk Dances

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Bulgaria is known as The Land of Roses and produces 85% of the world’s rose oil.

It also has a rich culture including lots of beautiful dances.

Vrapceto is popular in the United States and is often taught to children. Usually it is performed in short lines of about six dancers with hands joined in a basket hold.

Kapetan Vojvoda. You might want to view this one full screen. (Actually, they’re all better full-screen. Do you know how to do that? Click on the broken square in the lower right hand corner of the frame.)

Ciganko.

Doydi Doydi Libe Le.

Eleno Mome. I love the costumes in this video!

Godecki Cacak.

Juta. This music has an incredibly long introduction before the dance begins. You can skip to 1:04 if you’re short on time.

Gankino Horo.

There are several dances that go by the name of Malesevsko Horo. This is the version my club has done, but with different music.

Varnenska Kjucek. (several of my dance friends are in this video)

Vlasko Horo is one of my favorite dances, though I often mess up on the fast parts.

 

Creative Juice #129

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Creative Juice #129

Dream, gather inspiration, and create!

  1. Zoology anatomy lesson.
  2. A knitting designer shares some of her sketches.
  3. How artists deal with the pain of lost love.
  4. Life in the 1800s beautifully captured by Mary Ellen Best.
  5. When photographer Omar Robles went home to Puerto Rico, he was so shocked by the devastation and abandoned buildings (aftermath of Hurricane Maria) that he photographed dancers against the background of ruins.
  6. You don’t need lots of room for a book nook.
  7. Tips from a street photographer.
  8. The gorgeous illustrations of Kayla Herren.
  9. If you want to move a big rock over 100 miles, be prepared to apply for a lot of permits.
  10. Many variations on the iconic face of the New Yorker.
  11. Sketches from Disneyland.
  12. Beautiful Bulgarian folk dances. (I’d rather be dancing!)