Moko Jumbies prepare for West Indian parade

A group of East Flatbush dancers are preparing to take to the West Indian American Carnival on stilts.



The Caribbean art of stilt dancing is called moko jumbie. The East Flatbush group, known as Kaisokah Moko Jumbies USA, contains members from Trinidad, Tobago, Grenada and Jamaica.



Dancers represent a wide range of ages, from as young as 4 to as old as 20.



The stilts themselves also range in height. They come in sizes from 2 to 10 feet tall. Dancers move up in height as they advance their training.



The group will perform on Sept. 5 in the "kiddies carnival" portion of the weeklong celebration.


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