I found this dictionary thanks to a video on The Kid Should See This, introducing Kapa Haka, a traditional Maori dance. The dance was to intimidate the enemy but also to try to deescalate tensions and prevent the battle from happening.
I can’t help but see this as a metaphor for how people commute in Tokyo — each person following his or her same path every day, coming close to colliding but skillfully avoiding it, looking half-awake…
This story is about a tap dance school in Seattle, created for primarily disadvantaged kids to have an outlet for their energy, to help them build confidence, to give them a group to belong to, and also to call attention to social justice. Here’s their website.
It reminded me of a scene in the movie “White Nights” in which the two main characters — one who comes from ballet and one who comes from tap and jazz dance — collaborate on a dance that mixes both worlds. The movie has lots of other things to talk about: interracial relationships and prejudice, defection, and the Cold War.