Swing Dancers Introduce Taipei to the World

Swing Dancers Introduce Taipei to the World
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'Naughty Swing' dancers performed at 30 tourist attractions around Taipei, including Chiou Fen, Ximen Red House, Bopiliao Old Street, the Shilin Night Market, and Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall.

A group of Taiwanese swing dancers has created a video project "I Charleston Taipei” in which dancers perform at dozens of locations around Taipei, introducing those tourist attractions to the world.

On July 5, the group, "Naughty Swing," in collaboration with Taiwan Street Dance Art Association (TWSDA), released a video with dancers performing at 30 tourist attractions around Taipei, including Chiou Fen, Ximen Red House, Bopiliao Old Street, the Shilin Night Market, and Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall.

"I Charleston Taipei" was responding to the "I Charleston The World" campaign, which originated in France four years ago. It calls on swing dancers from all over the world to make videos introducing the culture and scenery of their hometowns through the Internet. As soon as a film is produced it, the city in which the film was produced is “pinned” on the "I Charleston Map."

To promote Taiwanese culture, the Naughty Swing launched a crowdfunding project earlier this year, hitting its goal of NT$150,000 (US$4,700) within two months, with support from more than 200 people.

As for the background music, Naughty Swing used Karen Mok's (莫文蔚) Chinese song "If you love me, raise your hand."


First Editor: J. Michael Cole
Second Editor: Edward White

(Details of the video project and background music have been updated on Nov. 7, 2016.)


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