September 19, 2019

Tinko Tinev, Northern Ireland crew member, was on Cavan Online Radio. Enjoy!  

Click here to listen to the interview.

September 24, 2018

In the dark early morning hours of Saturday, September 22, at the corner of Delancey and Essex streets in Manhattan, New York, seven dancers clambered into our maxi-van to trek out to Rockaway, New Jersey.  These hardy souls--the Minbuza dance group--graciously allowed us to re-shoot their dance in a more beautiful setting.  For this special re-shoot, we were able to...

July 26, 2018

The final stop of our film journey was the island of Oahu, Hawaii.  After nearly two months of intensive work and travel, we were glad to be in this lovely place. 

We filmed in the amazing Kualoa Regional Park, on Kane'ohe Bay.  On one side, a beautiful beach extends.  In the water, a small peaked island Moko li'i beckons.  On the other side, the dramatic Ko'oloa...

July 23, 2018

炫 (Hyun) means "vibration," like the sound created from a plucked string on a musical instrument.  The Hyun Dancers, representing Korean Culture in Dancing Joy, use classical Korean dance movement to express universal human goals.

The Dancing Joy film crew arrived in Korea somewhat worse for wear.  Our director, Lan Tsubata, was fighting fever and chills and body ache...

July 11, 2018

BULA! (Greetings) Arriving at Nadi (pronounced "Nandi"), we received a surprise in that our carnet (a document listing all equipment as non-tariff items) is not accepted in Fiji. We had a similar issue in Nepal.  As it was 9:30 on a Sunday evening, we were unable to reach the special broker that can do the same service as the carnet does.  Preparing to spend the nigh...

June 24, 2018

We are sitting in the airport in Bali, Indonesia, as the sun sets outside and the waves lap in from the surrounding ocean. Two trolley-loads of luggage are parked near our tables in the restaurant with wifi. We just finished shooting the Pekalongan Menari dancers yesterday, beginning at 6 a.m. and not returning to our rooms until after 10 p.m. The beauty of Indonesia...

June 11, 2018

Sixteen dancers in the elegant attire of the Titanic era waltzed around the central fountain of Belfast Castle under a sunny sky.  Visitors to the beautiful public gardens watched as Ballroom Blitz Northern Ireland performed the graceful movements to the music of Beethoven's 9th Symphony.  The harbor, where great oceangoing vessels were built and launched, lay spread...

June 5, 2018

 As our van wound its way up the curving roads of Cottonwood Canyon in Utah, our crew marveled at the outstanding natural beauty of the Wasatch National Forest.  Snugged away inside the park, we found the Storm Mountain Amphitheater, where we met the Tablado flamenco dancers. 

Led by Solange Gomes, and with the help of her husband Ricardo and son, Daniel, th...

June 4, 2018

Under bright and windy skies, eight lovely young ladies arrived at the dance studio to bring the traditions of Irish dance to the screen.  

Under the tutelage of Geraldine Foy, these girls performed the complex footwork and patterns of the Gaelic traditional dance to the music of Beethoven's symphony No. 9.

Most of the girls have studied the dance for years--start...

June 3, 2018

Our first port of call on our Midwest portion of the filming was Wisconsin, where we traveled to the independent nation of Oneida.  Here, we were met by representatives of several Native American tribes--Ojibway, Menominee, Oneida--to create a special dance for the film.

Summer Sky Cohen, the choreographer, and Dona Yahola, the local production coordinator, brought th...

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