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The History of Dance

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Allison Fitzhugh

on 27 August 2014

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Throughout history, humans have expressed their emotions through dramatic movements and gestures. Because of such powerful body language, we have dance.
Medieval Dance
During the Medieval period, dance was defined by graceful and calm movement. Society shaped much of the dance during the Medieval Dance Period (The church controlled much of society. Therefore, Dance was designed for church related activities and display.)
Two important dances of the Medieval period were the Farandole and the Saltarello.
Dance of Renaissance
Dance during the Renaissance differed from the Medieval period in the fact that it was much more lively and a bit more intense. The Renaissance was a huge milestone in history for the advancements in performing arts .
Well known dances during the Renaissance include the Pavane and the Galliard.
For the first chapter, I will focus on dance of more ancient periods.
Throughout hundreds of years in history, dance has been a focus point on society, expression, emotion, talent, and beauty.
I hope throughout this presentation, you will be able to appreciate the effects and effort of dance and see how it has changed with society over so many years.
Society truly has changed every part of our lives (Especially dance). Challenge yourself to compare styles and complexity of dances from year to year and time period to time period.
Much like dance before the Baroque period, dance in the French Revolution returned to it's less complex roots. Although dance during the french revolution wasn't as complex as dance during the Baroque, it still showcased more talent than the previous time periods. Two graceful dances of the age are the Regency and the Quadrille.
Baroque Period
The Baroque period ranged from 1600-1750. The Baroque period was the literal period of complexity, intensity, and pure artistry. During this time, artists were challenged to raise the bar in every aspect whether it was dancing, composing, or designing. This time period was truly remarkable and deserves a standing ovation because it changed society forever. Now, artists were challenged to show-case their abilities and prove themselves and from that point forward, dance was no longer simple, it was a difficult work of art and a display of human abilities.
Two popular dances: Bourree & Passepied.
Dance of Jazz
I strongly believe that over all the other dances of the ages, jazz was the ultimate favorite worldwide. Now, people had music that was expressing exactly what they wanted to dance and, with the two put together, jazz dance and music spread like electric fire. It was said that the government made millions of dollars from jazz records alone. Not only did jazz improve the economy, but it also improved dance and music. The effect of jazz on dancing was a very positive outcome. Because of jazz, dance is now thought of as a free and inspiring way to express emotions. Also, women were now more revealing than ever through the jazz dance. Woman felt empowered and free to be more revealing and communicating towards their partners. Because of this, jazz was now the most successful dance period.
Popular jazz dances: Charleston, Jitterbug, Jive, and Swing.
Mid 19th Century Dance
With the turn of the new century, dance had a new expression of freedom and personal flair. Dances like the Waltz and Polka were transformed into preppy quickstep dances that people danced to for pleasure rather than requirement.
In a world of only dance, ragtime was a whole new planet. Unlike previous dance styles, ragtime was completely freestyle. People typically danced to music of the new Jazz Era. Ragtime became an American tradition of excitement and enjoyment. Danes like the Foxtrot and the One-step are still popular dances we enjoy today.
Dance is the human expression of emotions through body language.
Second Chapter: New Dance
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