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anonymous asked:

THIS IS AN EMERGENCY!!!! I need everything you have on dancing. Coruscanti dancing. Nubian dancing. Tatooine dancing. Anakin trying to learn pair dances. Jedi Temple required classes on dancing. Padmé having to learn how to dance because she's a politician. Anakin dancing. Obi-Wan dancing. Padmé dancing. ALL THE DANCING PLEASE!!!!

Okay anon, buckle up, we’re taking this one planet at a time.


Coruscant has literally every type of dancing. You can find absolutely any dancing scene you want, if you just look hard enough. There’s the club scene, infinite styles of ballroom dancing from thousands of worlds, all kinds of ballet and theatrical dance, countless folk dances - Coruscant has everything.

The capital city planet is also the birthplace of a lot of fusion dance styles. But Coruscant is probably best known for its club scene, which is extremely varied and always cutting edge (if not outright avant garde). In all honesty the Coruscant club scene is both one of the most well-known elements of Coruscant culture and also one of the most satirized on other planets. (“Oh, you known those Coruscant types. They’re into modernist dance, but only ironically.”)


Nabbo has a wide variety of dance styles and traditions. The Naboo as a people really prize the arts, and they place a lot of value on traditional forms of dance.

Each region has their own traditional folk dances, and in most places it’s traditional for children to be given a thorough education in the arts, both on a regional and a planetary scale. So most Naboo children grow up learning the traditional folk dances of their region, and they may also choose to learn some of the styles of other regions or some of the more metropolitan dances.

These traditional local styles of dance are very much considered folk dances. They’re prized as elements of local culture but not considered appropriate for a high society gathering, for example. For that, the Naboo have a variety of ballroom dances, many (but not all) of which are pair dances. Some are considered more romantic (and therefore more informal) than others.

And there’s also a growing club scene on Naboo, though it’s considerably tamer than Coruscant’s.

(And then, of course, there’s Gungan dance styles, which are performed underwater and which, to human eyes, look more like synchronized swimming.)

Padme grew up in Theed and learned the regional folk dances of Naboo’s capital. As Queen, she also made an effort to become at least passable with at least one of the traditional dances of each region. And, of course, learning the ballroom dances was considered a political necessity. She’s quite technically good at them, but she’s never really been able to enjoy the formal dances much: they’re just another of her duties. Her favorite dances are still and always the first dances she learned as a child. (Her very favorite is a circle dance, usually done with a whole ring of children, where the spin gets faster and faster and it becomes a contest to see how fast you can go before people start loosing their footing and missing steps, and usually it ends when everyone falls down laughing in the grass.)


There’s three basic types of dance in Tatooine slave culture:

  • group dances, which tend to be very rhythmic and full of energy and involve a lot of complex steps and/or hand motions (most dances incorporate a great deal of rhythmic clapping and other hand motions, shouted words, etc., both for the sake of keeping the beat and for accessibility, since physical disabilities are quite common in the slave community, but everyone has a place in the dance)
  • pair or individual dances, which are for the most part extremely energetic and athletic (think Aang and Katara’s dance at the secret dance party in ATLA)
  • performative dances - that is, stories told in dance form - which involve a lot of highly stylized and symbolic motions; performers wear certain colors of clothing or particular patterns of makeup to indicate character, and dialogue is indicated through actions (these dances have also historically been used by slaves to pass secret messages along without attracting the notice of the masters, and they have a long history of connection with the underground Tatooine freedom trail)

Anakin is quite good at the first type, but he never really had much chance to learn and practice pair dances before he left Tatooine. He could probably pick them up quite easily if he had someone to teach him, but his efforts to teach himself aren’t quite so successful. (He does get some sweet new lightsaber moves out of it, though, so he keeps at it.)

As a kid Anakin always loved watching the dance dramas, but he never performed in one. Kitster, though, is particularly fond of this kind of dance, and later in life becomes an expert at it, as well as performing in non-dance forms of drama.

Jedi Dancing

The Jedi do indeed have required dancing classes, but they’re kind of like gen eds in college: you only have to take one class, and you don’t necessarily have to be an expert in order to pass it.

Most Jedi learn some form of ballroom dancing, as that’s the most common kind of dancing they’ll encounter on diplomatic missions.

Obi-Wan did the standard thing and learned a couple of the most commonly used waltzes, but the truth is, he’s not very good at them. He’s good enough to pass muster, but he’ll never be considered light on his feet on the dance floor. (Other Jedi, particularly Quinlan Vos, tease him about this all the time, since he’s such a good duelist and such a terrible dancer.)

This would all be completely unworthy of comment expect for one thing: early on in Anakin’s apprenticeship, Obi-Wan kind of semi-intentionally cultivated an image of himself as a cultured Core-worlder, and part of that image, which he allowed Anakin to assume, was that he was an excellent dancer.

And then it became an act he had to keep up. He figures Anakin doesn’t know any better, since the kid entered the Order in a non-traditional way and somehow managed to avoid the dancing gen ed altogether. Actually Anakin is incredibly aware of his master’s failure as a dancer and finds it hilarious. (Anakin himself is not any better than Obi-Wan, but he’ll cheerfully admit he’s terrible at what he persists in calling “rich people dancing”.)

There’s a very brief moment, just after their wedding, when Anakin and Padme try to dance a waltz because they both think that’s what they should do, and probably the other wants to? But they’re incredibly awful at it and they just end up collapsing on the floor in giggles and then Padme says, “Ugh, I always hated waltzing” and Anakin says, “Hey, me too!” and then they have a talk about their respective forms of traditional dance and long story short they end up kind of goofily trying to create a fusion Naboo-Tatooine folk dance that probably looks ridiculous but they have a lot of fun with it.

140901 SuperJunior, ranks no. 1 in 4 countries’ iTunes album chart – no.1 in Chinese MV chart

Group SuperJunior is getting popularity by ranking the top in various music charts in Asia.

SuperJunior’s global popularity could be realized with its 7th regular album ‘MAMACITA’ released globally through iTunes, ranking no. 1 in 4 Asia countries’ album charts; Taiwan, Philippines, Singapore, and Hong Kong, and ranking in the upper rankings of global charts of Japan, Malaysia, Vietnam, Taiwan, Indonesian, Macao, Finland, Mexico, and even South America on last 30th.

Additionally, 7th regular album ‘MAMACITA’ MV which was released on 28th, ranked no. 1 in Chinese online video site iQIYI and in MV weekly chart (August 25th~31st) of Chinese music site Yinyuetai’s V chart, proving the power of global Korean Wave king.

New song ‘MAMACITA’ is an urban new jack swing genre song which the piano melody makes one anticipate of drum sound and DJ remix with the Indian percussion rhythm at the basis. SuperJunior has performed their comeback stage with ‘MAMACITA’ in various terrestrial music programs, and making headlines by attracting fans with new music and powerful performance which is mingled well.

Especially, title song ‘MAMACITA’s performance is collaborated with global choreographer Tony Testa and Super Junior for the first time and raised its completeness with SM performance directing team ‘BeatBurger’s Shim Jae Won’s participation. The buzz is that great performance is created by SuperJunior’s active participation of their various opinion added in the formation of the choreography.

Also the whole concept of this performance is formed with dances that make one anticipate of passionate ‘Spanish warrior’ bullfighter, bull, flamenco, and doubled the charm of the song with restrained masculine performance.

Meanwhile, SuperJunior is going to actively perform with ‘MAMACITA’, and release album offline on 1st.

Source: (Seon Mi Kyoung)