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Thai Dancing

Thai dancing is an umbrella term for classical and folk dances native to Thailand. Classical Thai dancing often features elaborate costumes and jewelry, especially for female performers, which may represent figures such as monkeys or devils. These dances may be performed to the voice of a narrator or background music. Folk Thai dances vary widely, from very upbeat to slow-paced. Dancers generally maintain an upright but fluid posture with hand and arm positions that express the tempo of the dance. Footwork may involve intricate stepping or simple walking to the rhythm of the music. Both folk and classical dances are performed during various celebratory occasions and festivals.

Is this activity known by any other names?

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What are the origins of the activity abroad and in Canada?

The dances originated in various regions of Thailand and have existed for hundreds of years, although their precise inception is not documented. Its arrival to Canada and the GTA is unclear.

Who takes part?

Males and females of diverse ages, typically of Thai heritage.

When does it occur / How often do you take part?

In the GTA, Thai dancing occurs throughout the year at cultural festivals, celebrations and dance classes.

Are there any organized clubs, groups, organizations or leagues?

Thai Dramatic Arts Troupe

Cultural Significance

Thai dancing is a culturally significant activity for some members of the GTA's Thai community.

Is there anything else we should know?

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