How to Do Moves for a Traditional Ribbon Dance

Here are some ribbon dancing moves you can try alone or with friends.

  • These are not the actual names of the moves, if anybody knows the real names, please change them!!!

Steps

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    Have your friends stand behind you in a completely straight line.
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    Have a ribbon in both hands
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    Move both hands upwards at the same time and speed
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    When you get to when your arms form a straight line, then the person behind you should start moving their hands up.
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    Continue until you have run out of people.
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    Once you have gone up and then came down again, do not go up again unless you are going for a multiple wave effect.
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    Once you get to the end of the line, you can start from the back and do the same thing.
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    Starting at the back will require some more coordination to look good.
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    Using the tip of the ribbon stick draw a circle above your head
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    Make the circle nice and big so you do not get wrapped in it
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    If you want, spin at the same time to make it look cooler
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    This may be used to pass time when other people may be dancing.
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    Try this without ribbons first.
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    Flip arms up and down.
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    When your hands are facing upwards, move them away from each other.
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    When they are far enough apart (about a foot)
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    Flip hands downwards and move them towards each other.
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    Now try this movement with your hands in a fist and your thumb pointing up like if you were doing a "thumbs up" but have your thumbs as attached as you can to the rest of your hands.
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    Once you can get that, try the ribbons.
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    This one is fairly simple.
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    Hold the ribbons in both hands.
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    Have arms form a straight line to each other.
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    Spin while moving arms up and down.
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    Hold ribbons in both hands.
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    Move arms as if you were doing a backstroke in the swimming pool.
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    Slowly bend backwards.
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    Put one of your legs farther back to go even farther down.

Tips

  • Try all of these in slow motion first and then you can speed up once you get it.
  • Watch some videos off YouTube. Korean and Chinese ribbon dances are good.
  • Have the ribbons attached to short sticks to use for handles, like those of a jump rope.

Warnings

  • If you feel sick while attempting the traditional spinning wave, stop and lie down.
  • You might be sick if you don't stop when you start to feel sick
  • Try not having ribbons touching the floor, not only will you trip but it is considered not to be bad if it ever touches the floor.

Things You'll Need

  • Ribbons
  • Friends (optional)

Article Info

Categories: Dancing