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9:39 PM
Island dances have also invaded the fitness dance arena as summer has been around.


A. DESCRIPTION


Hula was said to be first performed by a god or goddess making it a sacred dance to the Hawaiians, which was performed by both men and women. As time went on, the hula evovled to a dance for entertainment from its ritualistic roots. Still, the meaningfulness of hula as a dance is retained as every movement of the body represents something. The arms are very essential means of executing a representation  as imitating a palm tree and even animals. An indvidual dancing the hula, thus transforms himself or herself to the object being portrayed through the dance. Combining all these portrayed movements, the viewer gets to understand the story that the dancer is trying to impart. Traditionally, chants are used along the dance to make the story easier to understand.

The costume worn consist of lei made of flowers around the neck or even the shoulders. A grass skirt is also used and is made of tapa or pau. Dancers also wear anklets made of whale bone or dog teeth.

Hula dancing used to be a way of lifestyle in which dancers go to a dance school in order to learn to dance the hula. They were required to follow rules and behave properly as they follow everything that their hula teacher says. Some of these rules were: Hula students could not cut their hair and fingernails; and  hula students could not engage in sex and eat certain foods that were forbidden. Nevertheless, hula students understnad that all the restrictions are for the betterment of thier learning in terms of their dancing the hula.

B. KINDS OF HULA


1. Hula Kahiko

Hula Kahiko is the old style that includes percussion, chanting and the traditional costumes. It is traditional and ritualistic and the chanting tells the story more than the dance moves. (http://www.wailuabay.com/hula.html)

2. Hula Auana

Hula Auna is enhanced by the music and costumes for a more enteratining appeal. This hula type utiizes the hands to be able to make it easier for tourists to grasp. (http://www.wailubay.com/hula.html)

C. THROUGH THE YEARS

Though the dance has been around for quite sometime, it disappeared in the 1800s when missionaries came along to Hawaii. They believed that hula dancing was devilish and against God. They were able to convince the dancers of their wrong doing but King Kalakaua did not want this traditional dance to disappear just because missionaries did not understand what it is all about.

King Kalakua developed his own group of hula dancers and encouraged them to learn the dance, the old style and fortunately this most treasured dance did not disappear intheir cultural awareness. Even today, many of the hula schools stil observe the rules being implemented before.

Truly we get ourselves immersed to the cultural background of the dance where our group exercise routine is based from. Let it be a venue for us to embrace dance as a God-given expression of life.


SOURCE: 
http://www.wailubay.com/hula.html

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9:38 PM
Stress is part of life. Short-term it can rev you up for an audition or a performance. Unfortunately, many performers tend to ignore stress until they are mentally and/or physically exhausted. The trick is to catch the early warning signs of excess stress and find ways to recover before you burn out.

The first stage that something is wrong often begins with feeling overwhelmed by too many demands on your time and energy. Symptoms range from fatigue to physical problems, such as headaches, back pain, or gastrointestinal problems. You may also find it more difficult to focus on your work and blank out, during a dance combination, monologue, or song.

Performers who push themselves to work harder in spite of these early signs move into the next stage, as the constant onslaught of stress hormones begins to take its toll. Your eating, mood, and sleeping habits frequently change for the worse. You will also be more likely to try to conserve energy by procrastinating, showing up late, cutting classes, and withdrawing from friends.

The final phase of excessive and prolonged stress is complete exhaustion. Your immune system is impaired, making you prone to chronic colds, low grade fevers, allergies, and depression. To keep stress in check, it helps to use weekly rejuvenating activities like meditation, yoga and massage, take several 15-minute breaks during the day and an hour off from technology (including your cell phone), and plan a vacation instead of another gig. If you've developed a serious case of burnout, you may need three months of downtime to recover. The best remedy is prevention.

Read more: http://wellness4performers.com/stress-barometer-tip.html

The Wu Tang dance originated in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The dance is normally performed to dance club music, or more specifically Baltimore Club music. The dance involves a jerking motion of the arms in an up and down position followed by a side to side motion. This can also look like someone flexing their arm muscles, in some variations. The legs of the dancer are usually kept in a wide stance position as the body performs the bouncing motions and kicks to the beat of the music.

Each dancer has added their own flair to the basics of the dance. Some add fancy footwork, while others add the motion of shooting a gun.
The dance first became popular in the North side of Philadelphia, but has since spread its popularity throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, and Baltimore. The dance has been compared to the “Chicken Noodle Soup Dance” of Harlem, the Hyphy dance of Crunk dance of Atlanta, “Rockin’ Off” of Baltimore, Krumping of Compton, and “Stickin’ n Rollin” of Miami.

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Region of origin: 
Philadelphia, PA

The Willie Bounce is a dance, commonly performed to Reggae music in which the dancer takes a large stance and bounces up and down the beat while leaning into one leg (knee bending) and taking a small step up and down with the opposite foot. As the dancer leans to one side, the opposite shoulder and elbow bounce in front of the body. This move is reversed and repeated from side to side. The Willie Bounce was created by the Jamaican dancehall star, Bogle, and is the subject of Dance Will Never Die, the song by Elephant Man.

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Also known as 
Willy Bounce 


Originator: 
Bogle 

Region of origin: 
Jamaica 

Popularized by: 

Elephant Man, Sean Paul

9:37 PM
Many performers struggle with low self-esteem. They are filled with self-doubt, fear of making mistakes, and feel as though their work is never "good enough." In contrast, those with high self-esteem are assumed to be better at their jobs because they have confidence. So do you need to increase your self-esteem to achieve your goals? Surprisingly, the answer is "Yes" and "No."


While high self-esteem will make you a happier person, decades of research show no relationship to performance level in school or in a career. In fact, successful people are often riddled with insecurities. How can this be? It seems that giftedness and perfectionism go hand-in-hand. The good aspects of this association include having extremely high standards and the organizational skills to meet them. The downside is that no one is perfect and it is easy to become discouraged. This is one area where high self-esteem can help by increasing your ability to persist in the face of set-backs, switch course if things do not work out over time, and be an independent thinker who decides whether you need to continue or make a change.

To increase self-esteem, it's important to set high but realistic goals and reframe mistakes as an opportunity to learn. It also is crucial to catch negative thoughts ("I'm a failure") and counter them with facts, logic, and reason ("Everyone makes mistakes"). If you wouldn't say it to your best friend, please don't say it to yourself.

Walk It Out is both a dance and a song by Unk. The basic move is very similar to the Twist, but is modified by lifting the heels of the feet as the dancer twists back and forth in place. The upper body movements of the dance are not clearly prescribed and may include swinging of the arms, shoulder leans, and finger snaps.

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Originator: 
Unk 


Region of origin: 
Atlanta 

Popularized by: 
Unk

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