Dancing With 10-Foot Stilts


In Trindad and Tobago, “moko jumbies” soar high during Carnival. The traditional art of stilt dancing is a highlight of Trinidadian celebrations, but for stilt walker Adrian Young, it’s an everyday practice. For the past 21 years, he has been dancing among the clouds. Now, through his Future Jumbies youth group, he’s helping the next generation make their own strides.

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Director of Manchester School of Samba at http://www.sambaman.org.uk
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4 Responses to Dancing With 10-Foot Stilts

  1. I am deeply impressed!

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    • agogo22 says:

      My friend an his sons were our Moko Jumbies in our local Caribbean Carnival one year and it made a big difference. Only one fall as well (due to a drain cover and they were unhurt)…

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      • I mean, keeping the balance so high up, and at the same time watch the floor for obstacles and smile and sing and what not … it is amazing! Especially that they are able to do the Limbo, which is difficult even without stilts.

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      • agogo22 says:

        Very true. But they took it in their stride, so to speak and I didn’t find out they’d fallen till the parade was over. As the teacher said in the film, falling is learning (though I didn’t think so at the time)!

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