How I Gave Myself Insomnia: The Haka Dancing Soldier Video

Posted by Kelli McKinney

If you are one of the millions of people in the U.S. who have a tough time sleeping, you might not want to watch this video. Or maybe you should, because you’re awake anyway. I only say this because it is rhythmically hypnotic and I’ve watched it, like, 12 times now in just the past hour. I can’t seem to stop myself.

The soldiers in this video, part of New Zealand’s Limited Service Volunteer (LSV) Company, are performing a traditional Maori Haka dance. If you watch rugby, you may have seen the New Zealand team display this dance form. It’s a posture dance, performed by a synchronized group, featuring shouting rhythmic chants, swift, energetic movement and lots of foot stamping. Back in the day, the Maori created War Hakas to intimidate the opposition. The War Haka in particular sent a clear message of strength and prowess. I think that message comes across loud and clear from this performance.

I would love to know how long it took this troop to master the choreography and the chants – it is impressive! It had to have been a huge undertaking, and looks like it was an amazing experience. The intensity of the movements and chants are what make the Haka so mesmerizing.

Think about what you could do if you applied this kind of energy and intensity to pursuing a degree with your military education benefits. Your military experience and training can be applied toward an advanced degree program, so you can get a degree in less time and then put all of that energy into getting promotions or finding a civilian job when you leave the military. I don’t know where the American Council on Education stands on Maori traditional dancing – I highly doubt that that particular skill would be translatable into college credit, but I am not sure. If there’s anyone out there from the ACE, your expertise would be appreciated here.

Have a great weekend, all. If anyone needs me, I will be at the computer, studying this little gem frame by frame until I have the moves and lyrics memorized.


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