APRIL 13-17, 2020

Movin’ Around The World: Virtual


Movin’ Around the World has gone digital! You’re invited to participate in dances, music, and culture from around the world from some of the same artists they would see at Northwest Folklife events, right in your own home! Each day will focus on a new topic as local artists share their arts and culture with us through videos. New videos and activities will be available daily at 11am.

Full schedule includes:

Monday April 13 Flamenco with Ana Montes

Tuesday April 14 Modern Movement with Ciara McCormack of Moving Minds Dance

Wednesday April 15 Bharatanatyam dance with Kalalaya Dance

Thursday April 16 Appalachian Flatfooting with Charmaine Slaven

Friday April 17 Brazilian Capoeira with Silvio Dos Reis of International Capoeira Angola Foundation

Additional arts and cultural activities from our partners below!  

For families looking for additional essential resources click here for more information.

Monday, April 13 – Flamenco with Ana Montes

Flamenco is an art style from Spain that combines music (toque), song (cante), and dance (baile). Dancers stomp their feet, clap their hands, and snap their fingers which adds to the beats in the music. Many dancers improvise their moves to fit the mood and rhythm of the music, making each dance new and unique! Ana Montes is a Flamenco dancer who has been teaching and dancing in the Seattle area for over a decade. Dance, sing, and learn about Flamenco with Ana below!

About Ana Montes:

Known as one of the West Coast’s foremost female flamenco dancers, Ana Montes has been acclaimed as brilliant and charismatic, moving with grace and elegance, especially the upper torso, arms and hands which so defines the female flamenco dancer, yet at the same time containing that tension and passion which makes flamenco so exciting. Ana has been performing and teaching in the Seattle and Bellevue areas for over a decade. She teaches all levels of Flamenco, from very beginning to professional, and her students range in age from 5 years old through adults. Ana also teaches classical ballet for children and adults. More information about classes at her website: http://www.anamontes.com/home/home.shtml
How to Support Ana Montes:
Donate with Venmo: @Ana-Montes-3
Donate with Paypal: Ana Montes

Learn More: Flamenco

Watch a solo performance by Ana from the 2013 Northwest Folklife Festival

Read more about Flamenco

Explore Flamenco performances here

Learn about the importance of fans in Flamenco dancing, and then make your own with Ana!

Make your own Castanet-inspired instrument here!

Share with us! Share your routine with us using #MAWVirtual

Tuesday, April 14 – Modern Movement

When we dance, we use our minds, our muscles, and our methods – which can be anything from ballet and tap to contemporary and jazz. It keeps our bodies healthy and our creativity shining. Often, dance allows us to work together with others to create something beautiful! See what kind of movement you can create with Ciara McCormack of Moving Minds Dance.

About Moving Minds Dance:

Moving Minds Dance believes all things can be learned through dance, so we teach dance within the context of other topics, from community building to science to storytelling. Every activity we do in our classes and performances connects dance skills to a guiding theme and encourages students to think creatively about what they’re learning. The primary focus is to develop dancers who have the tools they need to access their strength, intelligence, and kindness, to find freedom of expression, and to deeply connect to their communities. Learn More about Moving Minds Dance.

How to Support Moving Minds Dance: https://www.movingmindsdance.org/mmdonlinepwyc.html


Learn More: Liquids, Solids, and Flow

Watch these incredible close ups of water droplets dropping, bouncing, and spinning

Try this brief experiment with our friends at the Seattle Children’s Museum, and learn all about rain and the water cycle.

Now that you’ve practiced making dances about liquids and solids, think about other ways water can be represented through dance – like rain! What would a dance about rain look like?

Wednesday, April 15 – Bharatanatyam with KalaAlaya School of Dance

Bharatanatyam is considered one of the most long-standing dance traditions from India and is one of 8 classical dance forms. From intricate footwork to illustrative poses, dancers use their whole body to tell a story. Their colorful costumes include embroidered sarees, jewelry, and makeup designed to draw focus to the dancers expressive eyes and hands. Learn about the various aspects of this fascinating dance with some talented members of KalaAlaya School of dance below.

About KalaAlaya School of Dance

KalaAlaya School of Dance is a Bharatanatyam dance school based in Sammamish, Washington, founded in 2012 by Ms. Preetha Anandh. Anandh, has more than three decades of experience in bharatnatyam, and started her initial training under eminent Guru Kalaimamani Smt. Parvathi Ravi Ghantasala, an acclaimed Bharatanatyam dancer who perpetuates the beauty of Pandanallur style. Students of the school undergo training in dance following the traditional methodology practiced by several generations in India. To nurture the dance form and inspire a large following, KalaAlaya frequently presents collaborative performances with other dance school students and teachers and perform actively in major festivals around Seattle such as Anandamela, Lakewood Summer Festival, Quincy Heritage festival, Festival of Lights at the Seattle Center, and the Northwest Folklife Festival.

Learn more about KalaAlaya School of Dance here.

Learn More:Bharatanatyam

Watch an additional performances from KalaAlaya School of Dance

Watch all About the Bharatanatyam, the dance form and its history. See the “Support Materials” tab below the video for printouts, discussion questions, and worksheets for kids.

Dancers wear colorful sarees when they perform. Learn all about this iconic garment including different styles and history.

We learned that in Bharatanatyam, dancers use their whole body, including their hands to convey emotion, or tell a story. These hand gestures are called mudras. We saw how our hands can become snakes or peacocks, and how they can convey emotions like peace and wisdom. Think about how you could tell a story with your hands, movements, and the expression on your face! With a little imagination, you could recreate your favorite story through motion – have your family join in!

Thursday, April 16 – Appalachian Flatfooting with Charmaine Slaven

Flatfooting is a style of dancing that comes from the Appalachian region of the United States. It’s a kind of percussive dance because dancers make noise with their feet. Flatfooters dance on a wood surface which helps make a sound when they tap, step, and shuffle to Old Time music! Try out some introductory flatfooting steps with local flatfooter and musician Charmaine Slaven below.


About Charmaine

Originally from Montana, Charmaine Slaven fell in love with old time music and dance at the 2005 Portland Old Time Gathering. There she met The Tallboys, and soon started performing with them flatfooting and then playing guitar. Soon after, Charmaine joined forces with Charlie Beck and started their musical duo Squirrel Butter. Charmaine has gained a great reputation for her fun and engaging method of getting folks dancing and playing music together. She has a natural knack for teaching and organizing and has become an anchor in the Pacific NW Old Time Music scene. Learn more about Charmaine here: www.charmaineslaven.com

How to Support Charmaine:

Online Streaming: https://vimeo.com/ondemand/flatfooting

Physical DVD: https://squirrelbutter.bandcamp.com/merch/foot-notes-flatfooting-with-charmaine-slaven-music-by-charlie-beck

Charmaine’s Music with Squirrel Butter: https://squirrelbutter.bandcamp.com/music

Patreon Subscriptions, including access to weekly Family & Kid’s Music Program: https://www.patreon.com/squirrelbutter

One time donations via Venmo @Charmaine-Slaven

Learn More: Flatfooting

Listen to a live performance by Squirrel butter (Charmaine’s Band) at the 2019 Northwest Folklife Festival.

Watch a documentary on Flatfooting or Old Time Music (best for older kids) through Folkstream

Pete Seeger was an American Folk singer, who helped popularize Old Time and folk music around the 50’s and 60’s.Listen to Pete Seeger’s full album of American Folk, Game and Activity Songs

Make your own upcycled banjo using recycled materials! You can start small  or get more involved

We learned that shoes are important in flatfoot dancing and other step dancing as it impacts the different sounds that are made. Try taping your toes on the floor without shoes. How does that sound? Now try on different types of shoes and experiment on different surfaces – grass, carpet, hardwood floors, or the sidewalk. How does the surface affect the sound of the taping?

Friday, April 17 – Brazilian Capoeira with Silvio Dos Reis of International Capoeira Angola Foundation

Capoeira is an Afro-Brazilian art form that originated in Brazil as a form of empowerment, self-defense, and self-expression. It is a mix of dance, music, martial arts, and gymnastics. Cartwheels and handstands are two examples of moves that students use in Capoeira. Mestre Silvio Dos Reis is a Seattle-based Capoeira instructor and artist and has dedicated more than 30 years to the art. Learn more and watch it in action with him below.

About International Capoeira Angola Foundation

International Capoeira Angola Foundation is led by Mestre Silvio Dos Reis. Created in 1997, the organization has the mission to preserve, promote and teach Capoeira and other cultural arts from the African Diaspora such as West-African Dance, Afro-Cuban dance, and Afro-Brazilian dance. Mestre Silvio Dos Reis has been leading the organization since 2004, teaching ongoing classes at ICAF studio, Seattle Public Schools and Pacific Northwest colleges and educational institutions. ICAF Seattle also has been collaborating with Northwest Folklife for the past 14 years, doing performances and teaching workshops. More information here: https://www.ficanorthwest.org/

Support International Capoeira Angola Foundation:

Donate with Venmo: icafseattle

Donate with  Paypal: ficaseattlecapoeira@gmail.com

Learn More: Capoeira

Watch students learn about Capoeira movements at the International Capoeira Angola Foundation in Seattle

Read about the berimbau, the stringed instrument that accompanies capoeira, and  listen to a short performance of berimbau from the 2005 Smithsonian Folk Festival

Then, think about how important rhythm and music is in Capoeira.  Check this resource about rhythm and beat, and along with a grown- up or sibling, take turns to create a beat by clapping. Then let’s use some of the music you like to listen to. Try clapping your hands to the beat of your favorite song! Once you’ve mastered keeping the beat with your hands, try adding in some dance moves that match the beat, too, incorporating some of the moves you’ve seen in Capoeira.

Additional Enrichment

Looking for even more activities? Here are some of our current favorite activities, links, and resources from our partners around the region.

Who are the Folklife superheroes in your life? As part of Northwest Folklife’s Living Legacy Cultural Focus, we’re encouraging connecting with the friends, family, and neighbors who helped shape us. Download the activity sheet here.

Make art at home with a fun series of videos for grades k-5 by Montana based artists, Ashley Mitchell. We recommend starting with Little One Line People.   Can you create little one line drawings of your favorite people?

Join the Monorail Bunny on a staycation adventure! Our friends at the Seattle Monorail want to see some of your bunny’s favorite activities at home. Start by downloading the pdf here, and read more about the project here.

Donate to Northwest Folklife

By making a gift of $10 or more, YOU are helping sustain Northwest Folklife’s youth and family programs for years to come. Your support is a testament to the importance of upholding the arts, culture and music that make up our daily lives. During this time of uncertainty, we remain committed to bringing communities together to celebrate the rich arts and cultural heritage of our region.

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