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Somali Dance Culture
Transcript of Somali Dance Culture
Dhaanto is a Somali folk dance, but was made on the border of Ethiopia. It has been customized by different parts of Somalia to fit their style.
How long has the dance been evolving.
This dance style was made in the early 20th century during the dervish period, it was often sung on horseback's.
Purpose and practice of this dance
In Somalia, the younger kids would do the Dhaanto style dance as it was a cool thing to do back then. Many people still do the Dhaanto style dance, its mostly practiced in Somalia but is still used by older women wherever they are.
The main characteristics of this dance are the arms, their more care-free and relaxed. Not only are the arms important but the bobbing of your head and knees are too. You have to keep a rhythm within you whole body and dance to the music
Story or Communication
This type of dance does not actually have a real reason or have some kind of communication. Only the lyrics in the music have some meaning behind them.
Type of music
The type of music can vary from a slow beat to an up beat, but the music should always have a steady beat. It doesn't matter if it's slow or fast, the dance moves can be changed accordingly.
The traditional costumes for women in this dance is either a colourful stripped long dress that has been wrapper around or a white dress that has a little stripped design on it. For the men, they wear a white sarong (macwees) with a white shirt.
Mum (a long time ago)
Dhaanto is a traditional dance that hasn't been hanged.Many people mainly use it for wedding and family gatherings
The dance has not been modified. This may be because since Somalia's culture hasn't been mixed with others, they still keep it the same way.
Who mainly practise's Dhaanto?
Many old women practice Dhaanto, this may be because many of them immigrated from Somalia so they have grow up with this dance.
This dance never had cultural meaning so it has been kept the same way