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Similarities and differences between Irish, rhythm, tap and African dance are explained and illustrated using short excerpts of repertoire. Artistic director Carolene Hinds provides an insight into the 'Jiving Lindy Hoppers' piece 'Flying Home'. We see short sections of the dance styles included in the show with an explanation of the unique stylistic features and the commonalities which form the basis for the fusion. Use of fast footwork is highlighted with brief snippets of Irish soft and hard shoe dances as well as tap. African dancer Francis Angol points out the essential differences between the use of beat in African and western styles.
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First broadcast:
27 February 2008

Classroom Ideas

For resourcing schemes or units of work which involve exploration of specific dance styles or use of rhythm. If researching ideas for cross-curricular or multicultural projects. For developing understanding of rhythm in music.