Joyful Rhythm

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Excited ethnic lady flipping long hair

Adobe Artist: Aida Martinez - Addictive Stock

The way we move and the noise we make expresses our dreams and desires, our vulnerabilities, and our strengths.

As we relocate from our hometowns to new cities, or immigrate to new countries, we bring music and dance styles to our new homes. Movement and music are vibrant conversations that connect our histories and the values of our cultures to our priorities today.

We want to see imagery that captures dance and gesture, instruments and music-making, and other forms of artistic expression. With this topic, we seek to capture and celebrate the global variations and regional nuances of how we use our bodies and voices to communicate strength and declare resistance, power, and joy.

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Adobe Artist: Kristian Kettner

Woman with arms outstretched jumping on climbing wall

Adobe Artist: Westend61

Grid of 4 images. 1: People In Traditional Clothing Dancing On Footpath. 2: Young man with artificial limb and foot doing handstand against multi colored wall. 3: Plus Size Women at the Yoga. 4: Carefree woman with megaphone jumping on footpath during sunny day.

Adobe Artists: Pascal Ducrey - EyeEm, Vista by Westend61, Natalia Maca & Westend61

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Making music


Sounds of power from pain to jubilation; family singalongs and street musicians; orchestras, solo artists, and local bands. These images capture global and community music-making traditions, instruments, and gatherings that attest to the power of song and sound.

Henna hands playing the piano

Adobe Artist: Simi Jois

Couple dancing outdoors during sunset

Adobe Artist: Bonninistudio - Stocksy

Get moving


Dance and gesture as vehicles for cross-cultural conversation and storytelling; emotions, ideas, politics, and personal narratives made physical and visceral. Subcultures and regional variations, fresh and traditional dance, martial arts, meaningful gestures, and all the ways you take up space.

Ceremony and celebration


Movement and music from singular moments and milestones specific to a family, a culture, or just a certain hometown. Celebrations with music or dance from all corners of the world.

Illustration of women performing Philippine folk candle dance

Adobe Artist: Jerilyn Guerrero






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