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Dance Appreciation - Chapter 1 Dance As An Art Form

Intro. to Course.

Eulaine McIntosh

on 14 July 2014

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Transcript of Dance Appreciation - Chapter 1 Dance As An Art Form

Bharata Natyam dancers used to be temple dancers centuries ago. This type of dance combines gesture, facial expression, rhythmic footwork, and dance.
Many hand gestures must be learned by the dancer and as many as 30 facial "eyebrow" movements are used.
As the bubonic plague took hold of Europe, superstition lead to the belief that sin was the cause.
Philosophy in these times taught that the body was imperfect and separate from God. Only the spirit was important.
The "Dance of Death" or "Dance Macabre" came out of the plague. Hords of people would dance in the streets in a sort of dazed way, others viewed as possessed.
"Fladulents" were also rampant during the plague. They believed self supplication would bring an end to the death. This still goes on today in some countries, but for reasons of self purification.
What touches you?
What gets to you down
in the deepest core of your being?
This semester we will look at many types of dance,

many cultures,

and religions.

Dance and the way we dance is affected by the cultures we live in,

our faith or lack of,

and again, our own experiences

and likes and dislikes.

See you next time.
Early recorded history has shown that mankind has always danced.
Swan Lake 1890s
Afternoon of a Fawn - Russia 1900
What does this photo evoke in you?
Read Chapter 1, view
Unit One materials &
be prepare for the
Chapter test

For instance, in some ancient cultures. dances are based
on fertility and survival of the community. The dances
use lots of hip and isolations of body parts. The Judeo Christian European culture sees this as sinful or provocative movements.
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