Kia ora!

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.


Just wow.

Let’s dance

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.