Keeping Traditions Alive
Bel Reh, a refugee from Karenni state says, “All people should not forget where they are from. It is important to teach them and give them our cultural type of dance. The hardest things for us to keep our dance alive are finding musicians, people who can play the instruments for us – and space. When we are getting ready for a festival we can not find space, we usually go to a park…It is also important for us to learn your type of movement, we want to understand your dance and understand how you dance. We enjoy the friendships that come from this. We are interested in dancing.”
It is the hope of the Cultural Dance Exchange to provide a space where meaningful friendships, and relationships may be formed through sharing differences and similarities in our movement styles.
Check out this beautiful dance from Karenni State: