Movements may be patterned after animals or signal pride or acknowledgement of a special meaning in the song. Some dancers are judged on speed and footwork well. http://aktalakota.stjo.org/site/News2?page=NewsArticle&id=8895
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When dancing, being in time with the drum beat is important. While each dance has its own style, the dancer is judged on rhythm and must be able to end the dance with both feet on the ground precisely when the music stops. http://aktalakota.stjo.org/site/News2?page=NewsArticle&id=8895