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Two Bantu from different villages meet and exchange the greeting "What do you Dance?" ... Around the world, we all dance to our own rhythms, swaying with costumes sewn by history and tradition, accompanied by songs of joy, passion, and sorrow. But the lightness of each dancer's heart tells the same story: wherever, whenever, however... everyone dances. So what do you dance?
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Pelourinho, Salvador - State of Bahia, 40020-060, Brazil
Strolling down the Pelourino, I came across two guys practicing the Capoeira, a Brazilian martial art that combines elements of dance and music. What made this moment memorable in this lovely colonial city was that I stumbled upon these folks...
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Thornton, CO, USA
Swing dancing is still all the rage in Denver, Colorado. Denver Swing Project hosts weekly lessons and meetups on Tuesday night in Thornton and all over the Denver area. Lessons as well as open swing and even a competition occur for enthusiasts of...
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1/387, Princess St, Fort Nagar, Fort Kochi, Kochi, Kerala 682001, India
India boasts many traditional regional dance forms, but kathakali, with its elaborate, colorful costumes and masks is undoubtedly one of the most distinctive. With roots going back to ancient Hindu temple plays (some think as far back as the 2nd...
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Downtown, Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo, Mexico
Walking down Playa del Carmen's busy 5th Avenue, and spotted these 5 guys. Dressed in traditional Totonac attire, they towered above the rest of us. The middle guy beat a drum while the other 4 slowing began spinning themselves upside down toward...
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Khoroo 1, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
I wanted to go on a trip that was off the beaten path and so I picked Mongolia. I knew it was going to be quite an effort to get there so I wanted to make the most of it. I timed my trip to coincide with the Naadam Festival which is three day...
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100 Monroe St, Kalamazoo, MI 49006, USA
Bharata Natyam - BHA-va, emotion RA-ga, melody TA-la, rhythm Dance (Natyam) is the confluence of rhythm, melody, and human emotions. Bharata Natyam developed centuries ago as the dance of the deities in south India. Later, it was banned during...
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Pebas, Peru
Previously looking for sloths up in the trees, hoping for a glimpse, I came across this one hanging off a young girl's hip like a purse. Ha!
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Puerto Madero, Buenos Aires, Argentina
An urban-planning project that inspired similar projects in other waterfront cities around the world, Puerto Madero went in the 1990s from seedy docklands to lovely converted brick warehouses filled with posh restaurants and retail. In recent...
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1205 N Rampart St, New Orleans, LA 70116, USA
New Orleans has heart unlike any city in America. The spirit and resilience of the locals is palpable and the heritage is historic and deep. Jazzfest highlights the unbreakable spirit and the music just makes you want to dance...laissez le...
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4400 Georgia St S, Amarillo, TX 79110, USA
At the Midnight Rodeo in Amarillo, TX, cowboys and cowgirls swig Shiner Bock, tip their Stetsons till all hours and leave everything on the dance floor or their name isn't, well, Buck or Chick or something cool like that. Some of the finest moves...
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Watching flamenco artist Olga Pericet dance at Corral de la Morería in Madrid was an experience of extraordinary intensity. She was a rhapsody of exuberant motion; a piece of poetry that seemed to silence the room with the force of its emotion....
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A 2, Kenya
Welcomed into the village by a typical dance. Getting a glimpse of the daily life of a Samburu tribe was a humbling experience.
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Piazza del Duomo, Milano MI, Italy
The historic and modern center of the city, the Piazza del Duomo (the square surrounding the cathedral's base) remains a popular meeting place, hangout and hub of Milanese life. Local vendors setup shop (selling fresh coconut in the summer, toys...
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After taking classes for a month, I am deemed worthy enough to perform the traditional Balinese Welcome Dance in front of a gathering of friends. After adequately performing a dance that any eight year old Balinese girl could do, the following act...
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San Telmo, Buenos Aires, Argentina
The attractive San Telmo barrio began as an upscale area before tenement living took over. It’s back big-time now, helped by its famous antique flea market. On Sundays tourists and locals descend upon the Plaza Dorrego and its side lanes for...
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Jl. Sedap Malam No.72 A, Kesiman, Denpasar Tim., Kota Denpasar, Bali 80118, Indonesia
While in Ubud, I saw many wonderful dance performances--there is a different one each night of the week. The best however, was Semara Ratih--it was amazing and mesmerizing. It clearly stood out above the others in its refinement. So if you are in...
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Av. Juárez, Centro Histórico, Centro, 06050 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
The imposing, white-domed wedding cake now known as Palacio de Bellas Artes was originally planned as a national theater, and construction was begun in 1904. The Mexican Revolution, among other things, postponed its completion until 1934, which...
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Mopti, Mali
Mali is bustling with history and culture. If you're heading into Dogon country, see if you can find out when Mopti is doing a mask dance. We stumbled upon this even by dumb luck, and it was one of the high points of the trip. I think the kids in...
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Mananthavady, Kerala, India
Touring the Wayanad district of Kerala we came upon a temple where this folk dancer was performing Chakyarkoothu, a style of dance from in the area. This dancer is dressed as Hanuman, the Hindu monkey god. Five drummers thrummed a fast beat while...
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Calle Francos, 39, 41004 Sevilla, Spain

Dancing. Always search out the dancing. Such a beautiful thing to see rich cultural expression through body movement and costume.

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Ura, Bhutan
Amongst the patchwork of fields a long string of maroon robed figures wended its way towards us over stiles, along rickety wooden fence lines and across streams on stone slab bridges. The aged high lama and his retinue were conveying an ancient...
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Fort-de-France Bay, Martinique
I was fortunate to be in Fort-de-France, Martinique on Ash Wednesday in 2011. While walking around the port city, I came upon a very colorful show of local music, dress and dance. The guests were not the only ones that enjoyed this amazing show....
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Shirakawa, Ono District, Gifu Prefecture, Japan
Celebrated my birthday at the Matsuri in the old town of Takayama. It is the annual festival of the Hie Shrine in the southern half of Takayama. This is an image I took at the ryokan we were staying at during our stay there. The people from the...
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Rue Ravenstein 23, 1000 Bruxelles, Belgium
My sister and I ducked into Brussels' Bozar museum to seek refuge from the rain and noticed that the lobby was littered with scattered pieces of hanging blue film. We were intrigued as to the meaning of the unlikely art installation and were...
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Huancaro, Cusco, Peru
I was fortunate enough to trip on a festival day while in Urubamba, it started with a parade and ended with dance contests. These were just some of the amazing participants. It was the 26th of December.
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Pla de la Seu, s/n, 08002 Barcelona, Spain
One of my favorite things to do in Barcelona on a Sunday morning is to go to the Catedral and listen to the sardana and watch the traditional Catalan folk dance. The music is beautiful and the dance is much more complicated than it appears....
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4264 Bohinjska Bistrica, Slovenia
This was a MUST do for me during out trip. To visit the annual Kow's Ball festival where the cows come down front the mountain meadows to lower pastures. This is a reason to celebrate with Pust, Prust and Pivo! Also lots of dancing.
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Fortaleza - State of Ceará, Brazil
A capoeirista in Fortaleza performs a fire dance.
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Paraná 816, C1017AAR CABA, Argentina
Walking through the city of Buenos Aires, we came upon a small square with a crowd of people surrounding it. One quick peek at this couple dancing The Tango told us we'd found something special. I've never seen two people so passionate about their...
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Delft, Netherlands
I have a strong Dutch heritage and spending a week in the Netherlands with friends was the perfect time to explore some of my roots. It was in the small town of Delft that I ran into a statue of my 14th great-grandfather, Hugo Grotius (Hugh...
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161 Sajik-ro, Sejongno, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Originally built in 1395, Gyeongbokgung Palace is the largest and greatest of Seoul’s Five Grand Palaces. Burned down during the Japanese invasion of 1592, it was reconstructed in 1867. Today, the palace grounds, filled with lotus ponds,...
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064 01 Stará Ľubovňa, Slovakia
Or maybe they were saying "pop, pop, POP!" I don't know. Language barrier. It was my first time to Slovakia, deep in the mountains due south of Krakow. And my first Slovak wedding. In my day-to-day I don't normally skip around a dance floor, sans...
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Calle Betis, 20, 41010 Sevilla, Spain
I love Flamenco, the passion and force that comes pouring from the soul, but it is refreshing to see flamenco danced with a smile. At “T de Triana” in Seville there is free flamenco on Tuesdays and Thursdays—check before going that these are still...
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Av. Contôrno, s/n - Dois de Julho, Salvador - BA, 40015-160, Brazil
The giant blender called Salvador has mashed, pureed and pulverized a million things over the last four centuries. ‘Capoeira’ is one of the most graceful concoctions it has whipped up. One afternoon I drove down to the courtyard of the Museum of...