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‎Dancing Dolls 4 Life on the App Store


Dianna Williams is the visionary behind the hit television series Bring It! - a reality tv show that chronicles her life and showcases her signature style of majorette and battle dance.

Also known as 'Coach D', she is an entrepreneur and author. Her traveling dance team ‘The Dancing Dolls' and her dance studios are changing the lives of teenage girls in cities across the country.

Here you can enjoy instructional dance videos and behind the scenes content. Whether you are a dancer, someone who enjoys watching dance competitions, or a fan of her reality tv show, there’s something for everyone.

On-demand videos can be watched anytime and anywhere your schedule permits. Stream live events and chat with Coach D’s community real-time.

Navigate the app using the toolbar at the bottom of the page or the menu on the upper right. Swipe left and right (supported by some devices) to navigate forward and backward to recently viewed pages.

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Ms dianna been my Favorite since 2017 I love DD4L i wished for sooo long that they would return back on lifetime i’m glad to see that they finally have an app I’m SUPPERR HAPPY THANK U GOD . I always wanted to be a member of the team maybe next year i might be 🙏

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My daughters purchased the app the moment it launched and have not seen any updated events or the 20th Anniversary. We sent several emails asking if purchasing the app and becoming a member are one in the same or separate. We have not gotten a response as of yet. We are disappointed and canceled the subscription. It was stated “weekly there will be something new” and fans will be able to watch live streams. Well no new videos and no live streams. I hope one day to be able to update review.


My Daughter and I Love the Dancing Dolls. I Hope one day my baby girl can join the team♥️ Coach D is Definitely one of my favorite Inspirations. Thank you for this App, See you at the Buck or Die Training Camps! 💕✨

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Reed puppets are another type of riding puppets. They can be quite small, only 5 cm high, and quite large - up to 3 m. However, medium-sized dolls are most popular, with a head diameter of no more than 20 cm. The first cane puppets appeared on the Indonesian island of Java in the 11th-12th centuries. They were made of wood and wire, and the arms were attached to the shoulders with straps.

Gapit and canes

A rod or gapit is inserted inside the doll, small sticks are attached to the hands. Canes can be open, that is, located outside the body of the doll, and hidden. During the performance, the actor raises the puppet above the screen with the help of a gapit, and, by manipulating the canes, causes the movement of the puppet's hands. It turns out that during the performance of the puppeteer, one puppet occupies two hands at once. Gapits can be both simple and mechanized. A simple gapite is a stick of the desired length, turned on all sides, with a comfortable handle.

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Cane puppets usually depict people in heroic and romantic plays. Much less often they are made in the form of animals. Most cane puppets can bow to the audience and shake their heads. Their movements are measured and smooth, but not at all constrained.

However, cane puppets differ from each other. In some, the body rests on one rod, and the arms move only with the help of canes. These puppets dance beautifully. For others, the arms move due to the canes, and inside, instead of the torso, there is the hand of the puppeteer. If you insert an index finger into the head of such a doll, it will become more mobile. There are also dolls, in the bodies of which there are two or more rods, and the arms move due to all the same canes. It is impossible to cope with such a doll alone, so several people control it at once.

Cane puppets cannot themselves hold props needed during the performance. Therefore, small rubber loops must be attached to all props in advance so that they can be put on the doll's hand. Often during the performance, the puppet only pretends to be holding an object in its hands. In fact, he is held by a second puppeteer with a special wire cane.

Tablet doll

Very similar to the stick doll tablet. Handles are attached to her head and torso, with the help of which the puppeteer controls his toy. Why are dolls called tablet? Just during the performance, the actor leads the puppets on a special pedestal - a tablet. All necessary decorations are placed here. In a home theater, you can use a small coffee table covered with a cloth instead.

If necessary, a replacement doll can be found. Sew small straps or ribbons to the soft toy, insert your hand into the resulting loops and manipulate the toy.

Cane puppets appeared in Russia only in 1918. For the first time, the audience saw them in a play staged based on Krylov's fables.

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What else do those who have traveled to India always remember, besides the traditional indigestion, wittily called here "Deli beli" (eng. "Deli belly")? Well, of course, about how strange the Indians nod their heads.

In the city of Tanjore, in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, street markets are full of these souvenir toys. Translated from Tamil, they are called "Tanjore nodding doll."

Brightly colored clay figurines, usually depicting a dancer of a classical Indian dance or a couple of elderly people (a set, so to speak), consist of two parts - the doll's body itself and its head, which dangles freely on a hinge.

Touch the head lightly or blow hard on it, and it will begin to sway from side to side, making almost circular motions or drawing an infinity sign in the air.

This is nothing but an imitation of a unique Indian gesture that often puzzles visitors to this country.

And this is one of those things that people who visit India talk about - of course, along with the upset stomach (Delhi whites!), which lies in wait for the tourist here.

This is not the vertical up and down movement of the head, meaning "yes", or the horizontal movement from side to side, meaning "no", which is familiar to Westerners.

This is a kind of smooth rocking (both vertical and side to side at the same time), and it can be both light and very energetic.

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Tanjore nodding doll mimics the famous Indian gesture

This movement is not jerky, not abrupt, but continuous and steady. Priya Patiyan, a Mumbai-based writer who tours her city, describes it as "kind of like an infinity sign or a figure eight laid flat."

There are many pages on the Internet devoted to this gesture, not to mention videos showing what it looks like so that the traveler is not taken by surprise.

A simple search on YouTube will give you dozens of videos of enthusiasts trying to explain this mysterious, purely Indian head movement. Among these enthusiasts will be both Indians and foreigners.

A few years ago, one of these videos even went viral, garnering over a million views in just a week.

Does this gesture mean a clear "yes"? Or is it a polite refusal? Or maybe"? A sign of uncertainty? Or even annoyance?

Hard to say for sure without knowing the context. Patiyan believes that this is almost always "yes", in any case indicating agreement.

"There's also an element of friendliness or respect, but it's hard to say which one if you're not familiar with the whole situation," she adds.

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Margo Bigg, a British-American writer who has lived in India for over five years and has written country guidebooks, believes that different types of head nods mean different things.

"Let's say tilting the head to one side can mean 'yes' or 'let's go', and rocking back and forth for longer is a confirmation of understanding."

In my own experience, the faster the head bob, the more positive the person is about the agreement - especially when raised eyebrows come into play.

But, on the other hand, this gesture can also mean "well, well ... whatever you say ..." - an analogue of an indifferent shrug.

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The Indian head nod is a unique gesture

However, the Indian head nod is much more than just a cultural fad passed down from generation to generation.

In a well-known extensive study by the Dutch sociologist Geert Hofstede, who studied the cultural norms and customs of different countries, India scored 77 points on a scale "that shows how people expect and are ready to accept power inequality in the society in which they live. Meanwhile, the global average is was 56.5

India's high score indicates that its people have a deep respect for hierarchy.0005

Having lived all my life in this country, I can confirm that Indians are brought up to be polite and accommodating, especially towards the elderly and guests. Indians don't like to say "no" directly.

We mumble something incoherently, smile guiltily, nod vaguely - all in order to postpone the final decision.

Actually, the Indian head nod is a gesture designed to show uncertainty, and it does a great job of it.

Pradeep Chakravarthy, Chennai-based writer and corporate behavior consultant, says the gesture is the Indian way of keeping all options open in complex human relationships.

"In a traditionally agrarian economy like India's, it's not profitable for you to openly disagree or outright deny something to any member of the community," he explains. "Because you never know when you'll need his help. And refusal means, that your relationship will be ruined once and for all."

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Indians are raised to be respectful of elders from childhood

Chakravarti stresses that hierarchy and formality in relationships play a huge role in Indian society. This leads to the fact that often people find themselves in a situation where it is simply impossible to say "no".

Such is the relationship with the boss at work, with the senior members of a large family, with the leadership of the community.

In such cases, this vague head movement is the perfect compromise, allowing the interlocutor to interpret it however they wish, while at the same time leaving some wiggle room for the head shaker.

Chakravarti talks about it like this: "I know I can't do it, but I can't say no either. So instead of a definite and direct refusal, I'm playing for time without saying anything definite. "

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    And although this mostly happens when people from different cultures interact (for example, when Indian employees have a foreign boss or when a tourist tries to bargain in an Indian market), sometimes it happens with Indians - although they themselves also use in a different situation this gesture.

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    Tourists sometimes have a hard time understanding what these strangely shaking their heads mean.

    So, despite all the explanatory videos, even the Indians themselves are not always ready to clearly explain the meaning of this gesture.

    I myself often find myself wanting to shout: "What do you mean?!"

    Indian head nodding is even discussed in an episode of the American comedy series Outsourced, which is supposedly set in a call center in Mumbai.

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    Whether you like it or not, whether you're willing to support the game by these rules or it puzzles you, but when you're in India, this head nodding is part of life here.

    Most Indians don't even realize that they are doing this, and many tourists, having arrived in India, after some time notice that they have begun to imitate the locals.

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