Music and Dance

Short Essays About Music and Dance

Many units offer programs that feature dance performers, from traditional cultural displays to commissioned contemporary works. These events are frequently documented by the sponsoring museum, and can be experienced online. Below is a selection of short blog posts, exhibition essays, podcasts, and other resources that can be found across the Smithsonian's online resources on the topic of music and dance. 

Be sure to check out the Smithsonian Music calendar to look for upcoming dance events that you can experience in person!

Fandangobon performance A Thousand Things Connected: FandangObon at the Festival
Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
dancers Afro-Peruvian Music and Dance
Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Fandangobon performance Dance at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival
Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Yoreme Dance Costume, Circle of Dance exhibition, National Museum of the American Indian Circle of Dance Exhibition
National Museum of the American Indian
Sarawja Dance Sarawja Dance
Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
dancers Out of Many: A Winter Multicultural Festival
National Museum of the American Indian

Collections Sampler

Videos

Many Smithsonian performances are recorded and made available on the sponsoring museum or center's website.  Most Smithsonian museums and centers also have their own YouTube channels, where the performances can be viewed and shared. The National Museum of the American Indian in particular hosts frequent performances and festivals featuring Native American performers, and the annual Smithsonian Folklife Festival typically includes a large number of dance-inclusive performances related to the festival's chosen theme. 

Header image credit: Fiddler's Green, Victoria Hutson Huntley, 1938, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the artist

This spotlight was created by Kate Duffus Stein on behalf of Smithsonian Music.