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Message started by Teg on Jul 26th, 2012 at 10:18am

Title: Dancing with slings
Post by Teg on 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.

Title: Re: Dancing with slings
Post by jlasud on Jul 26th, 2012 at 11:19am
:D In Peru the sling is still very well kept in memory and even used.
Looks like it's the Slingers mating dance ;D the guys wrapping around the women with the sling.
Unique use of the sling,thanks for sharing!

Title: Re: Dancing with slings
Post by timann on 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 ;)

Title: Re: Dancing with slings
Post by bigkahuna on 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. ::) ;D

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