The project has a number of sources that led me to start it.
- Loui Tucker's article in Lets Dance WE NEED A COMMERCIAL!
- The taught dance list for my dance class Social Dances Of the World
- The entertainment application for the California State Fair.
Loui's article suggest that someone start collecting video to put together a commercial for folk dance a hobby that I love and enjoy.
I also wanted to add video links to the taught dance list on our Social Dances of the World page. I found that the dances in videos available on the web at the time I started which were mostly from Europe had major cultural differences from the way they were done in Northern California.
Every year, I coordinate the Sacramento International Folk Dance and Arts Council (SIFDAC) dancing at the California State Fair. As part of the registration the fair asks for video of past performances. The first time they asked for this I had to get video from one of the Tance El Dorado (Local teen dance group) parents. That year 2006 I got my friend David to shoot the performance with my little cam corder. It did a good job with the video but the over load sound over whelmed the little microphone. The by the next year I had bought my JVC 20 gig hard drive video camera. The video it shoots is warmer and the sound is much better 2007.
I first posted my video to Google Video, but I eventually found Brightcove which supports higher resulution video and allows you to produce specialty video players.