by Phuong Mai
Co Tu children strut their stuff
Bh'ling Thi Xiec, who lives in B'Hoong Village in the central province of Quang Nam, loves the dances of the Co Tu ethic minority so much that she has taught 12 girls and boys the routines for free.
Xiec said the patriarch of the village had asked her to teach the young generation so the traditional dances could be preserved.
The dance tung tung - da da, which worships god and involves men and women, shows the strong and brave Co Tu men when they face the enemy or disaster.
It expresses their belief and love of life, villages and the people.
Another dance, da da, worships god and symbolises gentle women who love their husbands and children, and make great efforts to help their village.
Xiec said the children were excited to learn the dances of the Co Tu people and wanted to help with preservation.
The group has rehearsed every weekend. Each member was given brocade clothes and gongs.
Twelve-year-old B'riu Ly, the eldest member, said: "We are proud of being chosen to perform the dance. We will do our best to practice so we can receive more invitations to perform at more festivals and let more people know about our dancing."
They have performed alongside professional dancers at festivals in the village and Dong Giang District, and at the Quang Nam Heritage Festival 2013.
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