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World Dance

Discipline: Dance (Grades 4-12)

By Dr. Jill Beck, Founding Director, ArtsBridge America; President, Lawrence University.

The World Dance Curriculum is part of the The Dancing History Collection by Dr. Beck.

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The Dancing History Collection, Volume 1

Cultural Dances, Part 1

By Dr. Jill Beck


Volume I of The Dancing History Collection: Cultural Dances, Part 1 contains nine dances from six countries: Israel; Vietnam; India; Nigeria; Argentina and Finland. The selection of these countries was made in part to provide the opportunity to reconstruct dances from cultures with wide geographic dispersion.  As the map below illustrates, these cultures reach from South America to Scandinavia, Western Africa, the Middle East, the Indian sub-continent, and Southeast Asia.