The Power of Dance
The primal power of dance is recognized in every age and every culture. From the great classics of Britain's Royal Ballet to Japanese Kabuki; from Broadway's rich jazz and tape heritage to the hundreds of children in Jacque d'Amboise National Dance Institute, from the video art choreography to the hip hop streets of New York - dancing is something we all do but in very different ways and for different reasons.

Lord of the Dance
The body can be an instrument of worship. According to the Hindu story of creation, the cosmos came into being not by a divine word, but by a divine dance. What cultural beliefs have shaped the great traditions of sacred and secular dance? Christianity has had an ambivalent view of dance in worship. In the Yoruba tradition of Nigeria, where 'to dance is to breathe' dance is required part of religious ceremonies and worship.

Dance at Court
In the royal courts of the world, dance not only reached a pinnacle of elegance but played a central role in the preservation of power and the maintenance of order and control. This function was brought to perfection in the court of Louis the IV, a dancer himself; the liquid dance of the Ashanti kings of Ghana, the austerity of Japan's Royal Household's Bugaku, and the otherworldliness of the Court of the Sultan of Jogjakarta, Indonesia.

Sex and Social Dance
Social dance can be as refined as the waltz or as sexy as the tango. Why do some people dance, face to face embracing each other? Why do others dance at the same time but in separate groups with completely different steps; and, why can men and women dance simultaneously, but segregated to keep them from seeing each other. The intimacy of the dance of one community may shock those whose social values and gender roles differ have given wildly different shape to their dances. This program explores these issues in Morocco, the USA and the Cook Islands.

Dance Centerstage
When a form of theatre attracts a crowd, generation after generation, century after century, we call it a 'classic'. Classics are rooted in the communities that gave birth to them. From the Imperial capital of St. Petersburg, Russia, where classical ballet was developed, to the streets and pleasure quarters of Kyoto, Japan where Kabuki emerged, Dance Centerstage traces the meanings behind these classical forms and why they have endured.

New Worlds, New Forms
The brutal journey of enslaved Africans brought to the shores of North and South America is revealed in the daring and wise ways in which they kept the soul of their heritage through dance. From the samba in Rio to the Lindy Hop in Harlem, cultural collisions have shaped the popular dances of the Americas, where dance has become a medium or cultural fusion among Africans and Europeans.

The Individual and Tradition
In the 20th Century, the concept of the individual, self-appointed creative artist took hold and continues to prevail. Extraordinary individual s revolutionized dance by changing old traditions and inventing new ones. This program explores the creative process through just a handful of the century's great artists: Isadora Duncan, Martha Graham, Katherine Dunham, Twyla Tharp, Eiko and Koma, Garth Fagan and Sardono Kusumo.

Dancing in One World
Less than one hundred years ago, people from one part of the globe might nave no idea what people from other places looked and sounded like -- or how they danced. Today, television, cable, and the Internet bring rock and roll to Bali, and Yoruba ritual dances appear in Pop Videos. Are the traditional dances dying out? The new pan-culturalism is exciting, but will it change the face of dance forever?