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Courtney Schenberger

on 19 September 2013

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Transcript of Dance

Under the surface
Why do you Dance?
"It's the only way I can express myself"
Define Dance
"Art that comes to life through movement"
What Does it Mean to be a Dancer?
"I love being a part of something so beautiful"


"A sense of accomplishment"
"Interpreting movement in your own way to express yourself"
"Movement of your body that when put together creates an expression of yourself"
"Expressing emotion or stories through movement"
"The movement of your inner soul"
"Someone that is passionate, driven, mentally and physically strong while maintaining gracefulness"
"Being able to portray emotions in a way average people cannot while still remaining relatable to them."
Most Important Element of Dance?
Why is dance considered an art form rather than a physical sport?
"It requires a graceful body in addition to strength."
"Expression of the body rather than just going through the motions"
It's not supposed to look hard, its supposed to look beautiful and effortless"
"We do things that the average person can't do while remaining beautiful"
"You do everything a sport does but you have to make it beautiful"
“I don't want people who want to dance, I want people who have to dance. ”
-George Balanchine
Undefinable; it can be an infinite amount of things because dance is personal and means something different to every person.
Dance is...
The tip of the Iceberg
What is Dance?
“There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all of time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and it will be lost. The world will not have it. It is not your business to determine how good it is nor how valuable nor how it compares with other expressions. It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open. You do not even have to believe in yourself or your work. You have to keep yourself open and aware to the urges that motivate you. Keep the channel open. ... No artist is pleased. [There is] no satisfaction whatever at any time. There is only a queer divine dissatisfaction, a blessed unrest that keeps us marching and makes us more alive than the others”
-Martha Graham
"Someone that is able to express emotions through movement and have audience receive those emotions."
Someone who is Fearless
Artistic Ability
“Nobody cares if you can't dance well. Just get up and dance. Great dancers are great because of their
― Martha Graham
“You have to love dancing to stick to it. It gives you nothing back, no manuscripts to store away, no paintings to show on walls and maybe hang in museums, no poems to be printed and sold, nothing but that single fleeting moment when you feel alive.

― Merce Cunningham
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