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Introduction to Dance History

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Christine Shawl

on 13 August 2015

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Introduction to
Dance History

Dances performed for the dancers themselves
Dances performed for
other people
7. Have an appreciation for reconstructions and revivals
5. Connect with the tradition
6. Identify social and cultural context
Dictionary Definitions
Artists Quotes
Art Form
What is Dance?
Movement of the body, usually rhythmic and to music, used as a form of expression

A form of expression using movement

An artistic form of nonverbal communication
~Why do dancers wear leotard and tights for ballet class?
~Is what I am watching new or a reconstruction?
Tribal dance, Folk dance, Ethnic dance, Social dance
Court dances, Concert dance, Theatrical dance, Dance in Film, Dance in the Movies
Spiritual dance, Religious dance, Ceremonial dance
Why Study Dance History?
A series of motions and steps, usually performed to music

Move in a pattern; usually to musical accompaniment

Move in a graceful and rhythmical way
"The artist is . . .the bearer of a message, and it is his responsibility to tell it - in whatever medium it might be - intelligently, forcefully, and with utmost artistic ability"
"I think dance should be primarily entertainment. It's a visual theater and an oral theater . . . beautiful people, beautifully dressed, doing beautiful and meaningful things."
"The dance is love, it is only love, it alone is enough . . . now, I would no longer dance to anything but the rhythm of my soul."
"Dance is the only way to run away without leaving home."
"...Our movements have to be performed in the composer's time. That's what makes ballet so exciting - movement of bodies in time"
- George Balanchine
- Charles Weidman
- Alvin Ailey
- Isadora Duncan
- Twyla Tharp
1. Understand the
evolution of dance
~How are styles, techniques, costumes, performances the same or different?
~How did techniques and styles
develop over time?
~Did society affect changes in dance or did changes in dance affect society?
3. Understand the influences of other artists.
~How are my ideas influenced by what I have already seen?
~Is what I am doing original?
~What did other artists do with a similar idea?
~Why do dance classes have a specific progression?
~Why do ballerinas
wear pointe shoes?
~What is the social and cultural significance of dance?
~Outside of studio classes is dance a part of your upbringing?
~Who was the original artist?
~Is this a reconstruction, a re-staging, or a tribute? What is the difference?
2. Discover similarities & differences
4. Let the past inform the future.
~From what region did certain movement originate?
Dances performed to please the gods
Class of 2018
Illustration of “Society Dances” 1875
Macedonian Folk Dance
Cuban Folk Dance
Mexican Folk Dancer
Country Line Dancing
Native American War Dance 1850
Ethnic Dance from Tibet
Guoxie (meaning "village" in Tibetan) is a group dance popular in rural areas of Tibet. The participants dance hand in hand and sing in rotation. The dance is often seen in villages and on open squares and threshing grounds. The dancers mark the rhythm by stamping their feet.
The qamo religious dance in Tibet - A relgious dance to subdue the "evil spirits" in monasteries by giving the local Tibetan dances Buddhist interpretations.
Ethiopian students perform for a festival a dance that occurs during one of the important religious celebrations and festivals for Orthodox Christians in Ethiopia.
India - Bharata Natyam traditional Hindu dance originally done in Hindu temple rituals. Depicting Shiva represented as the lord of dance.
Ancient Rome - Personified by Terpsichore (one of nine goddesses known as muses), popular to combine music, theatre and dance to depict the gods interactions with humans
Ancient Greece - The oldest Greek historical sources come from Crete where an ancient civilization, the Minoan civilization, flourished around 3000 - 1400 BC. The inhabitants of Crete cultivated music, song and dance, as part of their religious life and for their entertainment, as well.
Greek Relief
1. Dance is made up of different types of styles that involve movement of the body.

2. Dance is movement in any style expressing your feelings.

3. Dance is a way to express yourself through movement.

4. Dance is the movement of your body with or without music to express your feelings in different dance styles.

5. Dance is a the use of various movements of the body that create a picture, tell a story, or convey an emotion or feeling.

6. Dance is an artistic form of movement with the body. It is commonly used as a creative type of expression, nut is not necessary in all cases.

7. Dance is the ability to express yourself through movement.

9. Dance is an art that shows emotion through movement. (more)

10. Dance is the movement of your body in any way possible that expresses a theme, feeling, or more.

11. Dance is the expression of one's innermost feelings through movement. (more)

13. Dance is the graceful movement of an individual (usually to music).

14. Dance is moving around gracefully and powerfully through space.

15. Dance is the movement of your body of your body in which there is sometimes music accompanied by it. It is taught and can be danced in many different styles.

12. Dance is a way of expressing your feelings or life through a variety of movement.
Form of Communication
A Way to Preserve History
From Ancient Civilizations to the Present
Origins of Dance
Storytelling Medium
Dance can be categorized by form, style, region and intent/purpose
Categories of Dance
based on Intent/Purpose
8. Dance is a series of movements that you do to a song. Mostly the movements aren't planned and you do whatever you're feeling and no matter what it makes you happy.
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