Folk Dance with Sticks

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What is "Folk Dance with Sticks"?

It is part of celebration of Indian Festivals. It is done both in South India and North India in different styles.

 

Dancers hold either 1 stick or 2 sticks and create unique patterns and movements. 

 

Beautiful sound is created when 2 sticks meet.

 

Instead of sticks, dancers can produce the same effect through clapping too.

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What are the benefits of "Folk Dance with Sticks"?

  • It develops team work as they have to work in unison to create a harmonious dance

  • Meeting of the sticks with that of the partner or the group creates social bonding 

  • It develops fine motor skills and sense of rhythm because the sticks have to create the sound at the precise time

  • It is graceful movement that appeals to aesthetic sense 

  • It brings out the creativity, because, from the basic steps, we can get creative and make it as complex as desired

  • It teaches about the culture of another country. 

  • It trains one to be highly focused to maintain the beats