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February 12, 2010

Dance around the world, part II

We humans are natural dancers - bodies in rhythmic motion completely alone, or in groups large and small, or in front of an audience. Dancers can communicate ideas, preserve cultural identities, strengthen social bonds, or just have a lot of fun. Collected here is another recent group of photographs of us, human beings around the world, professional and amateur, in motion for all of the reasons above and more. [Previously: Dance around the world, part I] (35 photos total)

A dancer of the Momix Dance Theatre Company performs a scene of "Bothanica" at the Olympic Theatre in Rome February 3, 2010. (REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi)

Boston Ballet dancer Heather Waymack in Jirí Kylián's Falling Angels (Boston Ballet by Sabi Varga © vargaimages) #

Children in a camp for homeless families in the Belair section of Port-au-Prince, Haiti practice capoeira, an Afro-Brazilian art form that combines elements of martial arts, music and dance on Sunday Jan. 24, 2010. The program, run by Viva Rio, a Brazilian nongovernmental organization, is designed to help children affected by the Jan. 12 earthquake, recover their emotional well-being. (AP Photo/Paul Jeffery, Act Alliance) #

Members of the opening committee perform during a dress rehearsal for Vienna's traditional Opera Ball, in Vienna, Austria, on Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2010. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak) #

A Moko Jumbie performs during the National Carnival Commission's Traditional Mas competition at Victoria Square in Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago February 10, 2010. The Mas competition leads up to the Carnival's main event on February 15 and 16. (REUTERS/Andrea De Silva) #

Dancers of the Momix Dance Theatre Company, a man in a triceratops skeleton costume, and a semi-nude woman perform a scene of "Bothanica" at the Olympic Theatre in Rome February 3, 2010. (REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi) #

Nepal Army soldiers perform during Army Day celebrations in Katmandu, Nepal, Friday, Feb. 12, 2010. Nepal's Army Day is celebrated annually on Mahashivratri, a festival dedicated to Hindu God Shiva. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe) #

A performer from the China National Acrobatic Troupe takes part in the 2010 Valletta Chinese Spring Festival in Valletta February 9, 2010. (REUTERS/Darrin Zammit Lupi) #

Students in costume perform for the Caracol festival in the financial district of Makati in Manila on January 24, 2010. The Caracol festival expresses the environmental awareness of the city. (NOEL CELIS/AFP/Getty Images) #

Russian balance-acrobat Roman Khapersky presents his production in Budapest Capital Circus on January 21, 2010 during a rehearsal of the upcoming 8th International Circus Festival. (ATTILA KISBENEDEK/AFP/Getty Images) #

Bulgarian dancer known as a "kukeri" attends a ritual dance during the International Festival of the Masquerade Games in Pernik near Sofia, on January 30, 2010. The three-day festival, which started on January 29, has participants sporting multi-colored masks, covered with beads, ribbons and woolen tassels whlie the main dancer, ladened with bells to drive away sickness and evil spirits, sways like a wheat spikelet heavy with grain. (NIKOLAY DOYCHINOV/AFP/Getty Images) #

A couple in traditional clothes form the Friesland province perform an old form of synchronized skating on natural ice on frozen IJsselmeer inland sea near Hindeloopen, northern Netherlands, Tuesday Jan. 26, 2010. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong) #

Morris Oviok performs with the Tikigiq Traditional Dancers from Point Hope, Alaska during the Potlach festival events in the remote Inupiat Eskimo village Noorvik, Alaska., Monday, Jan 25, 2010, as part of the celebration of the launch of the nation's 2010 Census. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) #

A dancer of the Momix Dance Theatre Company performs a scene from "Bothanica" at the Olympic Theatre in Rome February 3, 2010. (REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi) #

People crowd the dance floor of the state opera during the traditional Opera Ball, in Vienna, Austria, on Thursday, Feb. 11, 2010. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak) #

Members of the American Momix dance company perform with featherd fans during their show "Bothanica" at Olympic Theatre in Rome on February 2, 2010. (TIZIANA FABI/AFP/Getty Images) #

Bolivian mine workers dance during the miner's carnival in front of the Cerro Rico in Potosi, January 30, 2010. Thousands of mine workers paid tribute to "Tata Kajcha", "father" of the miners that is represented by Jesus Christ, with music and dance for two days. (REUTERS/David Mercado) #

In this photo taken in Rome, Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2010, a dancer of the Momix Dance Theatre Company performs a scene from "Bothanica" during Rome's premiere. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino) #

People on a bus watch a street performer dancing in costume in the streets of Lima, Peru February 7, 2010. (REUTERS/Pilar Olivares) #

Antoine Carabinier performs on a Cyr Wheel during rehearsals for the stage show "Traces" at the festival theatre, on February 1, 2010 in Edinburgh, Scotland. (Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images) #

Pakistani eunuch dancer Roomia, dances during a wedding as the bride, Nazia watches the performance in Rawalpindi on January 9, 2010. Mocked, pitied and disowned by society, Pakistan's eunuchs are usually reduced to earning a living on the streets begging or prostituting themselves. Once granted a favoured status in the Mughal empire's court, they are traditionally paid to help celebrate the birth of a son, or to dance at weddings. But in Muslim Pakistan, where sexual relations outside marriage are taboo and homosexuality is illegal, eunuchs are also treated as sex objects and often become the victims of violent assault. (BEHROUZ MEHRI/AFP/Getty Images) #

Christian Emanuel Amuchastegui from Argentina performs during the semi-final of the international young dancers competition Prix de Lausanne in Lausanne, Switzerland on January 30, 2010. Amuchastegui went on to win first place in the competition. (REUTERS/Valentin Flauraud) #

Buddhist monks perform a mask dance during the Mahakala Puja at a Buddhist monastery in Katmandu, Nepal, Thursday, Jan. 14, 2010. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe) #

Young Buddhist monks peek out from backstage to watch fellow monks perform a mask dance during the Mahakala Puja at a Buddhist monastery in Katmandu, Nepal, Thursday, Jan. 14, 2010. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe) #

Performers from the Beijing Dance Academy take part in a street parade during the 2010 Valletta Chinese Spring Festival in Valletta, Malta on February 8, 2010. (REUTERS/Darrin Zammit Lupi) #

Dancers of the Pilobolus Dance Theatre company perform a scene of "Tsu-Ku-Tsu" at the Auditorium Theatre in Rome, Italy on February 11, 2010. (REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi) #

A recruit of the paramilitary police performs a headstand during a break in a training session at a military base in Suining, Sichuan province, China on January 19, 2010. (REUTERS/Stringer) #

Bulgarian masked "Kukeri" play their ritual dance around bonfire in the village of Leskovec, some 30 kms. (18 miles) west of the Bulgarian capital of Sofia, Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2010. (AP Photo/Petar Petrov) #

Dancers perform at open dance auditions for the 82nd Academy Awards at CenterStaging on January 22, 2010 in Burbank, California. (Kevin Winter/Getty Images) #

A dancer of the Momix Dance Theatre Company spins, performing a scene of "Bothanica" at the Olympic Theatre in Rome February 3, 2010. (REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi) #

A dancer from the Sangwan Wittaya school performs the Fawn Leb traditional dance at the Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep Buddhist temple in Chiang Mai, Thailand, on Friday, Jan. 8, 2010. (Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg) #

In this Jan. 5, 2010 photo, Cassandre Joseph leaps inside a spinning wheel called "Gizmo" while rehearsing for upcoming shows at the Streb Laboratory for Action Mechanics in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens) #

A rehearsal of the new theater production "1433 - The Grand Voyage", directed and designed by American theater master Robert Wilson, is performed in Taipei, Taiwan, Friday, Feb. 5, 2010. The elaborate musical theater work, inspired by the story of mariner adventurer Admiral Zheng He, creates a synthesis of theater, percussion, martial arts and meditation. (AP Photo/Wally Santana) #

David Leventhal of Mark Morris Dance Group teaches Dance for Parkinson Disease, a free movement class for persons with Parkinson's Disease and their partners and friends, on Jan 27, 2010 at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. (Joanne Rathe/Boston Globe) #

Shori Yamamoto from Japan performs during the semi-final of the international young dancers competition Grand Prix de Lausanne in Lausanne, Switzerland on January 30, 2010. (REUTERS/Valentin Flauraud) #

 
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