Unit X: World Dance

Hula: is a dance form accompanied by chant (oli) or song (mele). It was developed in the Hawaiian Islands by the Polynesians who originally settled there. The hula dramatizes or portrays the words of the oli or mele in a visual dance form. Hula dancing is a complex art form, and there are many hand motions used to represent the words in a song or chant. For example, hand movements can signify aspects of nature, such as the swaying of a tree in the breeze or a wave in the ocean, or a feeling or emotion, such as fondness or yearning. Foot and hip movements often pull from a basic library of steps including the kaholo, ka'o, kawelu, hela, 'uwehe, and 'ami.  There are other related dances that come from other Polynesian islands such as Tahiti, The Cook Islands, Samoa, Tonga and New Zealand (maori) however, the hula is unique to the Hawaiian Islands.

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3. Mexican Folklorico

Mexican Folkloric: In the States of Mexico particular dances and folkloric styles disseminated across the country via community, university and professional performance groups. Each regional tradition reflects the rich cultural heritage and unique characteristics of each state or region represented. Characteristics unique to each region are reflected in the music, dance and costuming.

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