Thursday, January 05, 2017

Folklore Thursday: Fon Manola, traditional Lao Dance

In Lao and Southeast Asian traditions, one of the beloved stories is that of the beautiful Kinnaly princess Manola who was trapped on earth but fell in love with a human prince. A standard dance in a Lao dance troupe's repertoire is the Fon Manola. Here, we see the Royal Lao Classical Dancers of Tennessee demonstrating the technique in 2009 during their Lao New Year celebrations.

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