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Dancing with slings
Jul 26th, 2012 at 10:18am
 
I think this could be quite interesting for the history of the sling:

Last year I participated at a ball in Zürich. There was also a show group which performed a peruvian folk dance (called Valicha) and I was quite astonished as I saw that they used slings to dance. As a friend of mine is a member of this group I was able to have a look at the slings: They were using woven wool slings similar to http://www.seekyee.com/Slings/gallery/peruvian1.htm (Thimoty Potter)
Although the finger loop was to small to get one of my fingers through (and I have quite slim ones). I was also told, that they all don't know how to sling. Further it didn't seem that the slings were ever used to actually sling a stone.

Some resources:
Dance I saw: http://www.americabaila.ch/html/de/repertoire/Peru.html ;  (look for Valicha (Huayno), there is a picture)
Unfortunately their youtube video isn't available anymore.

Videos from other groups with the same song and also slings:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eez6T49YE0k
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YZyctNW9RtA
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_N5MvcA9g-I

It seems that Valicha is quite a common and widespread dance as many videos from different groups can be found, and in every one slings are used.
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Reply #1 - Jul 26th, 2012 at 11:19am
 
Cheesy In Peru the sling is still very well kept in memory and even used.
Looks like it's the Slingers mating dance Grin the guys wrapping around the women with the sling.
Unique use of the sling,thanks for sharing!
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Reply #2 - Jul 26th, 2012 at 3:09pm
 
This is what happen when culture goes to far, when people with no knowledge of slings use sling-like objects in their dancing.  I have read about pouch-less dancing slings before as well. 
Not that it`s bad but it annoys me a bit Wink
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Reply #3 - Jul 27th, 2012 at 9:24pm
 
So of course, you offered to teach them all how to make proper slings and how to use them. Roll Eyes Grin
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