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...Not just watching but understanding the dance. “You were once wild here. Don’t let them tame you.”  Isadora Duncan. People from my culture (Nepali/Tibetan) dance in a wild style, throwing both hands and legs up in the air, at least how it look to audiences who are watching it for the first time. All they are trying to express is the ancient stories from our ethnic groups. Ballet, in my opinion is very graceful and looks difficult to do but at the same time effortless as it seems. Watching Ballet live for the sometime was very different from what I am used to at home (Nepal). I am used to loud traditional music and ballet is completely different with more soothing music and many artist performing at once. Different acts performed in the show portrayed different theme which was very diverse and extremely interesting to watch and trying to understand the different moves. First performance, harmonic inspiration, those lifts and twirls to me looked flawless and perfect. Duet performances, young couples and the chemistry between them was very fascinating to me. Both of them were very into the dance as I could see from the emotion. Both of them were fantastic dancer and they were experts in their field. Second act, La Mystral was the one I was interested most in because it was very different then rest of the acts. Three young ladies in beautiful blue long dress. There was so much emotion this act that I could tell that these ladies......

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...(1931-1989) by Thomas F. DeFrantz Alvin Ailey, the founder of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater (1958-), galvanized and stabilized an African American presence in theatrical dance. An outstanding performer, choreographer, company director, and mentor to scores of dance artists, Ailey oversaw the growth of his small, pick-up group of seven dancers into a large, carefully managed, internationally-renowned enterprise including several ensembles of dancers and a thriving school in New York City housed in the largest building devoted to dance in the United States. Along the way, Ailey changed the landscape of modern dance by developing new audiences for its performance through a consistent combination of exceptional artistry and wellcoordinated community outreach programs. In all, Ailey invigorated the art of dance with his distinctive creative imagination, his “blood memories” of cultural formations he witnessed as a child-- including the jook joint and the black church --and the strong survivalist ethic he learned as an African American man born in the depression-era South. Emergence into Dance Born in Rogers, Texas, the only child of workingclass parents who separated when he was two, Ailey moved with his mother to Los Angeles in 1942. Shy from his itinerant Texas life, Ailey reluctantly turned to dance when a high-school classmate introduced him to Lester Horton's Hollywood studio in 1949. In dance, he found the terms of self-expression that high school athletics failed......

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...TYPES OF DANCE: 1. Ballet * A type of performance dance that originated in the Italian Renaissance courts of the 15th century and later developed into a concert dance form in France and Russia. It has since become a widespread, highly technical form of dance with its own vocabulary based on French terminology. It has been globally influential and has defined the foundational techniques used in many other dance genres. Ballet may also refer to a ballet dance work, which consists of the choreography and music for a ballet production. A well-known example of this is The Nutcracker, a two-act ballet that was originally choreographed by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov with a music score by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. * Ballets are usually theatrical and use elaborate costumes and staging. There are exceptions however, mostly by Balanchine. Ballet is also closely related to opera with many ballet companies stationed in opera houses and many operas, especially French and early Italian operas, containing ballet scenes. There is even a genre called opera-ballet that uses both singers and dancers in the main roles. * Stylistic variations have emerged and evolved since the Italian Renaissance. Early variations are primarily associated with geographic origin. Examples of this are Russian ballet, French ballet, and Italian ballet. Later variations include contemporary ballet and neoclassical ballet. Perhaps the most widely known and performed ballet style is late Romantic......

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African Dance

...In Africa, dance has played an essential part in its culture. Dance has always been used as strong communication tool for entertainment, celebration, and to create stronger bonds. For many, African dance loosely refers to dances from the continent of Africa but it is much more complex than one would think. There are 53 independent countries within the continent of Africa with diverse people, culture, and traditions (Understanding Africa). They are further divided into different ethnic groups within the countries that have their own dance to represent their tribe (African traditions). While the styles of dance may vary from region to region, one unifying aspect in African music is the African drum. Every tribe incorporates the drums into their music and dance (Njai). It is hard to separate dance from the drums, as it would be hard to separate lyrics from a song. In class, we were reminded over and over that life is dance and dance is life. At first, the relationship between the two seemed a bit exaggerated, as some people would view life more important than dance but in Africa, those rhythmic movements are used to represent almost every occasion in someone’s life. Even in the book African Dance, Pearl Primus describes the relationship between life and dance as a “hypnotic marriage” which are inseparable (Primus). Whether it is for celebrations or religious purposes, dance is used to represent many aspects that are important to life. The specific dance that I chose is a......

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...Reading While reading this article something that stood out to me was the different ways music was used. The dancers themselves can provide the music. Not all dances have or require instruments some are simply hand clapping, voices or other body movements that are used to perform to. When instruments are used they are instruments such as the flute, xylophones, rattles, chordophones, gongs and trumpets. Another part of the article that I found interesting was the five principles. It shows how each part is needed in order for the whole performance to come together. Understanding the proper articulation, different movements of the body, timing and the pace of the movements, articulation of rhythms and phrasing all these are different parts of the dance that have come together in order to form the final masterpiece. All these aspects of the dance hold a great amount of importance and each part of it contribute into the final performance. There are many different types of dance in the continent each unique in its own way. Some consists of more hand movements more that footwork and some more footwork than hand movements. There are many different dances within a country itself. These dances show the country’s culture, tradition, rituals and many other important occasions. Videos Many of the points that the author made throughout the article are shown in the video clips. Some thing that I noticed was the use of vocals and body movements in order to make music and......

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...Dear……….. My name is Allen-Tams God’s pleasure and I am writing to apply as a dance teacher in ………….. Dance has always been the great love of my life. I have been a dance student since the age of ten. I have been teaching dance for the last three years at private schools, as well as for a major dance team. I have danced competitively, and I have danced as a performance artist. The only thing I consider greater than my love for dance is passing on that love to others. My experience in dance has given me opportunity to acquire skills in various dances such as hip-hop, ballet, African contemporary with specialty in salsa. Salsa is a dance form with origins from the Cuban Son and Afro-Cuban dance (specifically Afro-Cuban). It is generally associated with the salsa music style, although it may be danced under other types of music with an 8-count rhythm. Salsa though a Cuban dance is gradually paving its way into the African world. Through looking at dance as an art form I have realized the potential it has in providing students with a gateway to understanding the world and expressing themselves. Apart from dance being a major form of exercise, I have seen dance help boost the confidence in students, influence their self-concept, enhance their artistic expression and creativity, as well as encourage student autonomy among others. As you learn of my specific experience in dance, training and above all, passion for the art, I am confident you will see that I will prove to be an......

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...Similarities in Dance Dance 101 Instructor Patty Graham Christopher B. Smith 21 January 2015 Adae Kase, Bugaku and the Louis XIV court dances were all early dances, all with different meanings and styles. These dances were used to show respect, reaffirm an identity, show dominance over others, give allegiance to and show off dance skills. However, for this paper we will look at the similarities and differences with each dance. The Adae Kase, performed by the African people of Ghana, is a dance to show respect to their Ashanti King. The Ashanti Court Dance, as it is referred to, is a dance that anyone can do, but only the most skilled dare perform when your audience is the King. The dance is not done on a stage, but in a field, where as many as 50,000 gather to pay respects to the Ashanti King. The dance is a deliberate, distinguished, unhurried dance that is graceful, but not a practiced form of expression. The costumes worn were almost like a Togo with the dancer wearing their best jewels. It is meant to show honor to the Ashanti King and is more felt than danced. The Bugaku dances are dances never meant for public viewing and performed for the Emperor of Japan. The dances are civil dances, warrior dances, running dances, and dances for children. Movements are highly conventionalized movements cued by the beat of the drum. The overall choreography consists of simple geometric patterns with the arms, hands, and feet. The dancers (4), were evenly......

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...Dance Dance is an art form, moving the body, often rhythmic and to music. It is in many cultures as a form of emotional expression or exercise, and is sometimes used to express ideas or tell a story. There are many styles and genres of dance. African dance is interpretive. Ballet, ballroom and tango are classical dance styles. Square dance and electric slide are forms of step dance, and breakdance is a type of street dance. Dance can be participatory, social, or performed for an audience. It can also be ceremonial, competitive or erotic. Dance movements may be without significance in themselves, as in ballet or European folk dance, or have a gestural vocabulary or symbolic meaning as in some Asian dances. Many contemporary dance forms can be traced back to historical, traditional, ceremonial, and ethnic dance. For example, some Sri Lankan dances are related to aboriginal, mythical devils known as, and according to local legend, Kandyan dance began as a ritual that broke the magic spell on a bewitched king. Dance can be categorized in various ways, as in solo dance, partner dance and group dance, or by purpose, as in ceremonial dance, erotic dance, performance dance, and social dance. Many early forms of music and dance were created for each other and performed together. This paired development has continued over time, producing paired dance/music forms such as the jive, waltz, tango, disco, and salsa. Some musical genres have a parallel dance form such as baroque......

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...African music and dance * In texture, African music consists of a single line of melody without harmony. * As with most African dialects, where pitch is important in conveying meaning, variations of musical effect derive from tonal inflection and timbre. * The essential communal spirit of African culture is reflected in the use of Call-and-response chants similar to those of African poetry. * The most distinctive characteristic of African music is its polyrhythmic structure. * A single piece of music may simultaneously engage five to ten different rhythms, many of which are repeated over and over. * African dance is also communally preformed and shares the distinctively dense polyrhythmic qualities of African music. * A wide variety of percussion instruments, including various types of drums and rattles are used in the performance of African rituals. * Also popular are the balafo (Xylophone), the bolon or kora (harp), and the sansa. * The bolon and the sansa were believed to contain supernatural powers and to be dangerous, and were outlawed by many African tribes. * Africa was the origin of the banjo, which may have been the only musical instrument permitted on slave ships and traveled across the Atlantic in the 16th century. All other instruments were forbidden. * The dynamic convergence of poetry, dance and music generates a singularly dramatic experience in African culture. * The African Mask * African masks and...

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African Dance Research Paper Outline I. Introduction of African Dance- History, Culture “Love and respect for the earth is one of the main factors of African Dance” (Asante 7) II. What is the significance of dance in African culture? Thesis: Dance is a prevalent art form that has been used in the African culture for multiple reasons such as religion, labor, festivities, social patterns and values as a whole; it has been a foundation for African customs and has continued to strengthen the community by maintaining society principles. III. The meaning and significance of African Dance-“Although African dance may be entertaining, it functions primarily as a cultura and artistic expression of the community” (63)- “The subject matter of African dance is all inclusive of every activity btw birth and death. (Asante 6)-African Dance relation to music makes it different from all other dances -“African dance is based upon the spoken language” (Asante 13)-“In Africa dance forms, a vital bridge between the dead, the living and the unborn” (63)-Diff occasions dance is used (Asante 6) IV. African dancing in Religion/spirituality-To understand African Dance must have knowledge of the religion (Asante 10)-Masks dance, protective disguise to represent the spirit being they are representing

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