Minnesota SunShine dance includes:
2010 Bollywood Dance
An Asian Indian Dance. Bollywood is a popular term to portray the Asian Indian musical movies, full of songs and dances. Choreographer Iny Mai Vang takes the idea, modeled after the Northern Indian style, blending with Western influence, to create this energetic dance – Bollywood Dance.
Sun Dance, like its name is a dance choreographed by Iny Mai Vang to portray the goddess of the heaven playing around with the sun. Combining the group formation and synchronized movement, the dancers wear long uptight, bottom-wide skirts flipping with their legs, along with elegant hand and arm gestures to resemble the sun.
This dance portrays a group of Hmong girls going to the river to fetch for water. MN Sunshine’s 2009 traditional dance, using a similar style to Dai dancing. The outfit worn has a unique look to it, a bend of both Dai and Hmong. The custom elegant like the Dai clothing yet still incorporating the traditional Hmong ‘water snail’ design, reflecting the Hmong identity. Each girl, with a water bucket on their hand, dances as they go on their way to the river. At last, everyone has gathered each bucket of water and pour it into the golden water bucket.
Blessing and Welcoming
‘Blessing and Welcoming’ portrays a group Hmong girls welcoming the guests, and blessing them with its best wishes. The Hmong people are one of the oldest minority ethnic groups in several countries, believed by some researchers to be from the Yellow Basin area in China. They developed a lively form of antiphonal singing and competitive dance. Jingling Bells and pleated skirts combine sound and color as performers enact this distinctive folk dance.
Hmong Chinese Peacock Dance
Peacocks are known for their beauty. Their tails are a rainbow of bright turquoise-blue, lime green, royal violet, and orange eyes that look straight through you. The peacock’s beauty beats that of any bird creature, but when a Hmong Chinese girl dresses up the peacock is no match. In this dance, Hmong Peacock, the dancers are dressed as peacocks. Watch beauty double in front of you as the beauty of dance and colors combine.
2009 Bollywood Dance
The dance of 2009 Bollywood Dance starts off with fine hands and feet movement, to the song in famous bollywood movie “Umrao Jaan”.
Mermaid of the Sea
From east to west, north to south fisher men around the world have search throughout the sea, hoping to catch a glance of the most beautiful sea creature, the mermaid.
A group of mermaids had swam up to the top of the sea. On the mermaids’ back, a silver-blue dorsal fin spike outward, the edge fade into a tint of rose-violet. Their mermaid tails shine of a turquoise blue hue, reflecting the top layer of golden scales similar to the shape of a fish scale. They have decorated their mermaid scale to their sense of deep-sea fashion, a line of pearl beads, hanging from each and every tip of their mermaid scales. On one side of their head, a gill-cover that looks very much like a sparkling crown invades into seaweeds to the other side. Their golden fish scales shines brighter than the shimmering of the water as they swim up to the shore, flapping their dorsal fin vivaciously in the shallow lagoon as they engage underneath the light of the early sunrise.
2008 Bollywood Dance
Flower Vines Dance
The cold winter has stopped and early Spring has come. The sky clears up to bright blue, the animals come out from their hibernating nest, and the wild bush started to bloom. One by one, little flower buds appear after one another on its silky vines. In mid-Spring the flower buds grow bigger and opens into beautiful soft-pink petals. When the wind blow on the bush, its flower vines sway gently in resistance. Finally, the wild flower bush had bloom to its fullest in late Spring. Flowers, or little candy-like ornaments hanging on every vines.
The peach blossoms are so eye-delighted, anyone who walks by would stop to sit and gaze at the blossoms until an ease of peacefulness fills their mind. Suddenly, a strong wind rush by. The blossoms’ petals break loose and dances in a swirl with the wind. In this dance, MN SunShine portrays the peach blossom dancing in the wind. Their incorporated dance moves and formation of flower blossoms swimming through the air, to the rhythm of a flute instrument.
2007 Bollywood Dance
My Hand Kerchief Dance
Oh country boy, you may be poor and wears only a pair of sandals, but will you be my lover?
The girls dress up in traditional Hmong clothes. Their hair neatly tied up and twisted into a hair bun and finish it with the Hmong black and white hair-dress. Their Hmong shirt, readily beaded around the border of the neck, the border around the arms, and the border on the back. Their skirt is the traditional black Hmong skirt, overlapped with a matching Hmong-skirt apron.
Hmong Basket Dance
Hmong Basket portrays Hmong girls going to the farm. They each carry a bamboo coiled basket and dance along the way to the rice field. Their bamboo basket has been useful to them. They can use it and put just about anything in their basket. On their way to the farm, their basket has served as a lunch box. During the rice harvest process, their bamboo basket has severed as a rice container. Oh what great joy it is to have a bamboo basket! A device that makes work less complicated!
Crossing through the Wooden Beam
This dance tells the story of our Hmong ancestors in the mountain. Hmong is an East Asian tribe, originated from the mountains of China. Back in the days in the mountain, they have no electricity, no gas tank, no brick bridges, or no grocery stores. Anything they use, have to be made from their own effort and bare hands.
The normal way of life for a Hmong family back in the days was farming from dawn till night fall each day, or in short-term, to raise a farm. They have to wake up and go to the farm every morning. When they return, they would pick up dried wood along the way and bring it home for a camp fire. On their way home when they come across a creek, they would use a wooden board as a bridge to get to the other side.
Crossing Through the Wooden Beam portrays Hmong girls returning home from the farm and crossing over a wooden beam to get to the other side.
Beauty in the Colors
Everything becomes more appealing when it has colors. Iny Mai Vang choreographed this Chinese dance in 2005. The MN SunShine dancers wore a pants made from four different fabric colors; red violet, turquoise blue, lime green, and bright yellow. Their shirt is a shinning silver sequence, with colorful designs around the boarders, and on their head-dress piece is a soft pink flower attached.
Hmong Umbrella Dance
Hmong New Years are traditionally outdoor events, whether what the weather may be. Therefore it is very common to see girls carrying umbrella with them when they are ball tossing.
This dance portrays the first time a young man and a young woman meeting each during a ball toss at the Hmong New Year. The MN SunShine girls are dressed in Hmong clothes and they each carry a paj ntaub (flower cloth) umbrella. In the song the young woman sings about how she has secretly fallen in love with the young man after seeing him for the first time.
Dola Re Dola Bollywood Remix
Dola Re Dola is MN SunShine’s 4th song danced to and second Bollywood dance. They first performed this dance in Saint Paul Hmong New Year at the convention center, Saint Paul River Center in 2002. The song is from the popular Hindi movie “Devdas”. The music director is Ismail Darbar and singers are Kavita Subramniam, KK, and Shreya Ghoshal (ww.smashits.com/devdas/dola-re-dola/song-18929.html). In the song, the singer tells how her heart has been “swayed” by her lover.
Water Festival Dance
Peacock Dance 2003