Nov 30, 2016

Cossack songs and Ugandan dance on UNESCO's heritage list

Ugandan traditional music, which is dying out partly because it requires materials from endangered species, has been placed on UNESCO’s protected “Intangible Cultural Heritage” list, along with Portuguese pottery and Ukrainian Cossack songs. A UNESCO world heritage committee, meeting in Addis Ababa Tuesday, decided ...

Shoko reclaims her spot on the stage

May 28, 2015

Shoko reclaims her spot on the stage

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Shoko Nakamura embarked on a challenging journey when she began retraining for ballet performances just one month after giving birth to her son, Joel, in 2011. The dancer, who goes by just her first name when performing, says the physical pain involved in getting ...

China's 'dancing grannies' irk neighbors, face new rules

Mar 27, 2015

China's 'dancing grannies' irk neighbors, face new rules

Along with two dozen of her fellow “dancing grannies,” 60-year-old Zhang Jinsu twirls and steps her way every night across a central Beijing plaza, sometimes gliding over the pavement like a butterfly, at other times marching with a plastic rifle. But when new government ...

Nine couples set marathon dance record of 35:01:01

Feb 15, 2015

Nine couples set marathon dance record of 35:01:01

Nine couples have broken the world record for the longest dance marathon in the seaside town of Pattaya, southeast of Thailand’s capital, Bangkok. The couples broke the record by dancing for 35 hours, one minute and one second, gaining a spot in the Guinness ...

Japanese ballet dancers win third, fifth places in Lausanne competition

Feb 9, 2015

Japanese ballet dancers win third, fifth places in Lausanne competition

Lausanne Switzerland An 18-year-old Japanese male won the No. 3 spot and a 17-year-old Japanese female placed fifth in an international competition in Lausanne, Switzerland, for young dancers aiming to perform professionally. Mitsuru Ito, of Saitama Prefecture, and Rina Kanehara, of Uji, Kyoto Prefecture, ...

Sendai native dances his way to Flo-Bert Award

Dec 24, 2014

Sendai native dances his way to Flo-Bert Award

Kazunori Kumagai, 37, is the first Japanese to win the Flo-Bert prize, a prestigious award that honors tap dancers for outstanding achievements. Fresh from landing the prize in May, Kumagai, who is based in New York, returned to Japan this fall for a 70-minute ...

High school dancer puts a skip in Toyama's step

Nov 6, 2014

High school dancer puts a skip in Toyama's step

A high school girl whose dance videos have found an avid following on the Internet is bringing some cool cred to her hometown, the economically depressed but perky city of Toyama. Aika Miyajima, 18, started posting video clips of her dancing online in June ...