Posts tagged ‘dance’

May 5, 2013

Dancing queens

Dancin'!

I generally have a policy not to post pictures of children, especially not without their parents’ permission, but these kids dancing their hearts out to the “Rockin’ Jazz Band” at the Westfield Spring Fling were just too freaking cute, I’m sorry.

So much dancing!

Nobody can resist the rhythms of “At the Hop.” Yeah man, let’s GO!

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October 2, 2012

Harvest Festival 2012 – Dancers and drummers

Hi there!

I’ve never seen a lot of Native American culture around here. We’re taught from an early age that the Lenni Lenape were the original people in New Jersey, but Europeans chased them west in 1758 with the Treaty of Easton. That was before the U.S. even became its own country!

I wish I could remember the name of this dance.

A lot of town and road names in New Jersey are derived from Lenape words, and most park systems will include historical educational exhibits on the mundane aspects of Lenape life, but the people themselves have been displaced from this area for so long that we rarely see active aspects of native culture in New Jersey.

And what a cute kid, too.

With this in mind… watching the Red Storm Drum and Dance Troupe perform at the Harvest Festival was something I’ve never seen before.

Crouching.

As with everyone in this Big American Melting Pot, different nations have commingled for years and years— just as I’m German and English and Irish and Swedish and who knows what else, most of the performers who were introduced came from at least three or four different heritages. Robert Boldeagle (featured in the top photo, and the one below), for example, is of Mayan, Taíno, Cherokee, and Natchez descent, according to the troupe’s website.

I don't like the background in this shot, but it is just a *classic* dance shot.

Without aligning themselves with any specific nation, the Red Storm Drum and Dance Troupe offers an opportunity for Native American people to celebrate their own culture and share it with the rest of us.

Laughing at a squashed Dixie cup after the show. I didn't hear a word of this conversation, so I can only guess.

I’m glad they did!

September 26, 2012

Millburn street fair – 2

Studio 22 ballroom dancers at the Millburn Street Fair!

I’m always happy when street fairs include more than just vendors. These ballroom dancers from Dance Studio 22 parted the crowds to put on on brief performances at irregular intervals.

 

Pickles!

Have straight-up pickles always been this popular, or is this a recent phenomenon? There’s a pickle vendor at every farmer’s market I go to— and now at every fair, too, apparently. These Gourmet Pickle Guys had four customers just in the 45 seconds that I watched. I guess they make good pickles!

 

Damon T. Garrett, I... dressed as a bishop.

This bishop is not actually dressed as a bishop-bishop— he’s dressed as a chess-bishop. Damon T. Garrett, I is president of Chess for Life, an organization that promotes chess (teaching, learning, playing, competing, all of it). He’s also one of the coaches. I watched him in action, giving tips as he played a fairgoer— he’s really good. If you’re in the West Orange area, and you want to learn to play chess, look these guys up.

 

Whoa look it is Millburn Avenue with lots of people in it

I always end these posts with something hokey like “a good time was had by all” or “all in good fun” or something. Anyone got any suggestions for a less lame-o conclusion?

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