An innate and primal urge to dance, that raw relationship between sound and movement, it transcends the barriers of language no matter what country I visit. It's an inevitable that I will, at some stage of each trip, encounter a festival, local ceremony or celebration. One of the more memorable and moving traditional dance displays was in Indonesia. Bali Tear - Two young Balinese girls performed the intensely expressive Legong Dance.
'Red Lady' from 'Carnaval' in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. One of the most elaborate festivals celebrating the country's African cultural root and indigenous heritage. With vivid costumes that leave you speechless; hip-shaking samba moves to the all night rhythms of live percussion – a fusion of Portuguese and Brazilian dance.
From the loud and colourful Tropicana Cabaret Dance Show in Havana, that's held at the outdoor theatre under the stars – a spectacular song and dance performance reminiscent of Cuba in the 1950's. To the tropical reds, yellows and oranges of the traditional ceremonial dance costumes of the ʻōteʻa ʻāmui Tahitian dance from the French Polynesia Islanders.