I spent much of my childhood studying dance and performing. Although none of my girls have embraced dance with the same passion I did (yet!), they still enjoy it. Combined, they have around 10 years of dance training and have performed in a multiple recitals and shows.
They’ve explored a variety of dance styles and disciplines, from ballet and jazz to contemporary and hip hop, but they’ve never seen anything quite like what we found on the Ted Stage.
We started with The Legion of Extraordinary Dancers, known as the LXD. They are self-taught street dancers that seem to have super-human strength and amazing talents. Their name suits them perfectly!
My girls thoroughly enjoyed this video and have now watched it multiple times. The Butterfly (age 9) has incorporated a few of the moves into her own routines. They’ve all attempted to walk in slow motion, which has proven to be far more difficult than it appears in the performance!
If you prefer ballet or contemporary dance, you will love Quixotic Fusion in Dancing with Light. QF is an ensemble of artists that brings together aerial acrobatics, dance, theater, film, music and visual fx. The following contains three dance pieces performed at TED2012.
The next video explores choreography with Wayne McGregor on the Global Ted Stage:
“He demonstrates how a choreographer communicates ideas to an audience, working with two dancers to build phrases of dance, live and unscripted.”
My kids didn’t stay engaged while watching this one, but I loved it! I’m fascinated with all aspects of the creative process. This is a terrific opportunity to watch an artist bring something new to life.
This post is part of a new series here on Adorable Chaos. Look for a fresh post each week highlighting Ted Talks that can be used in your homeschool.
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