Dances of Life

Dances of Life

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Polynesian dance speaks to the past, present, and future. For nearly 50,000 years, dances and songs have been an expression of Pacific Islanders' origins, their journeys, their struggles-- their very existence. These are their "dance stories"--their Dances of Life. Today, Pacific Islanders are struggling to maintain their identity and traditions. Dance is central to these efforts. For centuries, dance has remained one of the most powerful vehicles for transmitting culture.