The Dragon represents wisdom, power, and wealth and a very important aspect of Chinese Culture. During the dance, a dozen or so performers hold the dragon up on poles. They raise and lower the dragon making him "dance" as they wind through the masses to the sounds of horns, drums and gongs.
The Lion dance is a form of traditional dance in Chinese culture, in which performers mimic a lion's movements in a lion costume. During the Lion dance, the lion will also embark on a “search for the greens”. The greens, typically, is a head of lettuce is sometimes suspended from a ceiling or doorway and the lion dancers must perform a lift to reach them. Once the lion has eaten the greens, the greens are thrown toward the audience to represent wealth and good fortune.
Chinese fan dances tell stories, whether performed by a single dancer or a group. In some cases, the dances were performed to help fuse China's diverse ethnic groups into a single kingdom. High fan dances often tell traditional stories, while folk-oriented fan dances may be performed simply for their visual beauty.
Specialising in the five national dances of Poland - Krakowiak, Kujawiak, Mazurek, Oberek, and Polonaise, colourful and beautiful costumes, energetic and exuberant dances, evoke the unquenchable spirit of Poland.
Specialising in ‘Festival Dance’ – a unique form of Irish Dancing, which can be traced back to the 1950s to a shift away from the pageantry sometimes associated with the ‘Feis’ style, the form focuses on the individuality of each dancer’s style of movement and appearance; Festival Irish Dancing is unique to Northern Ireland.
The term Highland dance or Highland dancing is used today to refer to a style of competitive solo dancing which developed in Scottish Highlands and evolved in its current form during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries in the context of competitions at public events, where it is often performed to the accompaniment of Highland bagpipe music
Specialising in Latin folk dances of Argentina including the Chacarera, Gato, Escondido and Zamba. many folk dances from this region have evolved into social dances with a performative goal. Energetic and bold.
Jongo is an essentially rural cultural manifestation directly associated with the African culture in Brazil. The formation of samba carioca was heavily influenced by Jongo. One essential characteristic of the Jongo is the utilization of symbols that, aside from maintaining rhythm, possess a magical function, apparently provoking paranormal phenomenon.
Salsa is a dance form with origins from the Cuban Son (circa 1920s) and Afro-Cuban dance. Salsa is normally a partner dance, although there are forms such as a line dance form "Salsa suelta", where the dancers dance individually and a round dance form "Rueda de Casino" where multiple couples exchange partners in a circle. Salsa can be improvised or performed with a set routine.
Specialising in Kung Fu and Tai Chi demonstrations with artists who have years of experience in martial arts. Kung Fu is a primarily unarmed Chinese martial art resembling karate, while Tai Chi is a Chinese system of slow meditative physical exercise design for relaxation, balance and health.
Ekta Events can provide a range of tailor made dance workshops for all age ranges and to meet different aims whether it be team building or to increase cultural awareness. We can offer workshops in any of the dance forms described above.