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Gravity-defying acrobatics set to Clair de lune

"To create – to be creative – is to draw a door on the wall, and then open the door. 'Clair de lune' opens this door wide to transport us to a time where time doesn’t pass. That’s why we become children again when we ...

Kapa Haka, a traditional Māori art form

“We perform haka as an expression of pride,” says Karl Johnstone. Kapa haka, a traditional Māori posture dance, “was about not only intimidating the opponents, but it was about how do we actually prevent degenerating ...

The Vogelkop Superb Bird-of-Paradise, a new species

The Vogelkop superb bird-of-paradise may look like the Superb Bird-of-Paradise, the hopping black bird with iridescent blue 'eyes' and a 'mouth' in its outspread wings, but the Vogelkop has recently been named as a se...

Stomping, fluffing, puffing: The mating displays of lesser prairie-chickens

When lesser prairie-chickens mate, the action starts early. Before dawn in April and May, males stomp their feet in the grass like they’re warming up for a track meet. As they dance, they inflate bright red air sacs o...

The 2018 Crufts Dog Show Heelwork to Music winning performances

Showing off some fancy footwork and lots of practice, Lucie Plevova and border collie Jump won the International Freestyle Heelwork to Music competition at the 2018 Crufts Dog Show in Birmingham, England. It's their s...

How ballet pointe shoes are made for The Royal Ballet

From The Royal Opera House, go behind-the-scenes at Freed of London, the 1929-founded British company that supplies handmade pointe shoes to The Royal Ballet and ballet companies around the world. Royal Ballet dan...

Dance & the physics of rotation – PBS Kids’ What’s Good

Dance, twirl, flip, extend, spin, twist, leap, defy gravity and get to know the science of movement that drives it all. Breakdancers B-Girl Eren and Tori Torsion talk about why they love to dance, and how practice, ha...

Moko Jumbie On 9-Foot Stilts & J.B.-style Skating – Dance in the Real World

Stilt-walking high above the street in Trinidad, Jonadiah Gonzales makes moko jumbie moves look easy. The feats come from practice. He and fellow dancers Adrian Young and Stephanie Kanhai teach and perform their Carni...

The Waltz of the Snowflakes & The Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy

A flurry of dancing snowflakes scatters across the stage as Clara (Meaghan Grace Hinkis) and Hans-Peter/the Nutcracker (Ricardo Cervera) take in the wonder of a white Christmas in an enchanted forest. Gary Avis plays ...

Nowhere and Everywhere at the Same Time, No. 2

Swinging plumb bobs hang in a gridded formation across a large room as visitors attempt to walk among them without making contact. The installation, Nowhere and Everywhere at the Same Time, No. 2 by William Forsythe, ...

La mécanique de l’Histoire, an acrobatic performance by Yoann Bourgeois

A trampoline sits at the center of a turning wooden staircase. Four figures climb, fall, and somehow float back into their places on the stairs as if in slow motion. They climb again until only one figure is left to d...

Ballet Rotoscope

A ballerina dances as the joints on her body are traced with a computer-generated rotoscope animation technique, an algorithm that brings a mathematical layer to her natural movements. Ballet Rotoscope (2011) was crea...

Rare footage of the Hooded Grebe courtship dance

The Hooded Grebe (Podiceps gallardoi) performs an elaborate dance with its mate. It's a rarely seen courtship ritual that was captured by Michael and Paula Webster during a six-month film shoot in Patagonia. The clip ...

How I made a lil “Wacky Waving Inflatable Arm Flailing Tube Man”

It's fun to see those attention-getting inflatable tube men that are wildly waving their arms in front of stores, car dealers, and even as scarecrows in farm fields. How fun would it be to have one dancing on your des...

What Happens Just Before Show Time At the Met Opera

...in 12 rooms you'll never see. This New York Times video takes us behind the scenes of The Metropolitan Opera’s home at Lincoln Center to witness what happens before the curtain rises on Alexei Ratmansky’s ballet Wh...

How the Bronx brought breaking to the world

Breaking began as a mode of self-expression; it was a part of a larger culture that reflected the social, economic, and political conditions of the youth at that time. Now, decades later, as the style and moves of bre...

Dancing Professionally With Cerebral Palsy

When doctors diagnosed Jerron Herman with cerebral palsy hemiplegia, they told him he wouldn't be able to clothe or feed himself, and that he would need assistance with nearly everything he did. Not only did Herman pr...

How to practice effectively…for just about anything

Mastering any physical skill takes practice. Practice is the repetition of an action with the goal of improvement, and it helps us perform with more ease, speed, and confidence. But what does practice actually do to m...

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