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Today’s podcast is from The Barefoot Book of Dance Stories. In “Making the Stone Smoke,” the king holds an impossible contest, saying that the man who can dance a stone into smoke will win the hand of his beautiful daughter. Anansi hears this invitation, and prepares for the task by filling his red coat pockets with ash. Be sure to tune in to see what happens when Anansi dances the limbo in front of the stone, and read on for a chance to win!

In this story, Anansi chooses to perform limbo for the king’s challenge. What kind of dance do you most enjoy? Leave a comment below and you’ll be entered to win a copy of The Barefoot Book of Dance Stories. The contest closes June 12 at midnight EST and June 13 at 5am GMT.

Here are some fun facts about limbo:

  • Limbo originated on the island of Trinidad, and evolved out of a blending of traditional European and African dances.
  • The word “limbo” comes from the West Indian English word “limber,” which refers to the to and fro motion of a sixteenth century cart shaft.
  • According to some African beliefs, limbo reflects the cycle of life.
  • The world record for lowest limbo dance is 8.5 inches (21.6 cm) above the ground!

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