Dancing to a
Different Drummer (tm)
Explorations of Ethnic and Ballroom dance by Jutta & the Hi-Dukes (tm)
Actively increasing awareness of the world and culture through dance
Understanding of the world, society, and history increases when the Hi-Dukes introduce students to the traditional circle and line dances of over twenty cultures, including the Balkan, Gypsy, Greek, Israeli, Scandinavian, Russian, French Canadian, and American traditions.
Physical coordination is enhanced by the co-ordinated, structured, and rhythmic movements of dance and awareness of music is developed as students learn dance steps that change when a musical phrase changes.
Appropriate for the 2nd Grade through College.
After seeing the Hi-Dukes do a four-day music and dance residency at the L.B. Johnson School, Jan Delgado (2012 Music Resource Teacher of the Albuquerque, NM Schools’ Fine Arts Department) described the Hi-Dukes program as “amazing” and arranged for the band to do a five-day series of assemblies because she was impressed with the band’s “wholistic methods of teaching” which, as she pointed out, “incorporate so many different intelligences” and because she saw that Albuquerque students benefit from experiencing the incredible scales and rhythms of the Balkan music and dances the band presents. In promoting the program to the schools, she wrote: “They are exceptional folk dance teachers and the band is really good (especially with 7/8 and 9/4 meters!)”
Taught by experienced
Dancers and Teachers
Jutta Distler and Terran Doehrer teach folkdance at Chicago’s Arcturus Waldorf Teacher Training Program and taught ethnic and ballroom dance classes at the Chicago Waldorf School for six years. The two also present “Ethnorobics,” an all-ages dance program hosted by homeschooling groups and churchs.
The two full-time musicians also play various traditional ethnic instruments, like the Bulgarian end-blown flute, Greek baglama, Middle-eastern drums, and the world-famous ocarina. They are the core duet of Jutta & the Hi-Dukes, an Evanston, IL World Music band founded in 1990 that tours in the United States, Canada, and Europe. The band has a CD released on the Root-Blues record label, Earwig Music.
Over the past twenty five years Doehrer and Distler have developed a dynamic method of teaching dance which helps students internalize the rhythms so that the dances quickly come alive.
When young people learn ethnic dances they gain a greater understanding and appreciation of the world in which we live. The Hi-Dukes believe this is essential to civilization. Their goal is to encourage participants from all walks of life to explore the arts of cultures other than their own while they concurrently develop their physical abilities and social skills.
Scenes from Hi-Dukes dance programs
“[Their] music is exciting, and listeners will find it hard to keep from leaping up to dance.” — Natalie Wainwright, Arts & Life reviewer, Round Table
“I am not exaggerating or giving empty words when I say your performance was my favorite ever.” — Ashleah White, Reporter for The Current, University of Missouri – St. Louis, Nov. 28th, 2015
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