Central American and Caribbean Dance: Tracing African Roots


By Ashley Brown

The Garifuna sing their pain. They sing about their concerns. They sing about what's going on. We dance when there is a death. It's a tradition [meant] to bring a little joy to the family, but every song has a different meaning. Different words. The Garifuna does not sing about love. The Garifuna sings about things that reach your heart (Serrano, 2018).

Dancing Tango into a Looser Body and a Healthier Brain?

October 18, 2016

For one million Americans[1] living with Parkinson’s’ Disease (PD), social life isn’t necessarily part of a routine plan. After all, this disease takes a toll, not only on the individuals who suffer from it, but also on their families and friends. PD is a neurodegenerative disease with increasing motor disabilities – where dealing with tremors, imbalance, and stiffness, seem to make (social) life less appealing.

A Snapshot of Carnaval in Oruro, Bolivia


Overshadowed by the more well-known Carnaval in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the town of Oruro, Bolivia hosts its own lively event each February. Over 100,000 people come each year for the festivities. Carnaval in Bolivia is an annual “communal celebration of life” which happens right before the Catholic season of Lent. This time also happens to line up with the seasonal celebration of the awakening of new life; when Bolivia’s altiplano turns from brown to green.

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