African Dance Essay

2886 WordsApr 25, 201212 Pages
Name: Ahmadou Diallo AFAM 4213 001 Instructor: Dr. Melanie Bratcher Final report Due Date: April, 21 Author of chapter. (1996). “Transition and continuity.” In Karamu Welsh Asanty (Ed), African Dance: An Artistic, Historical and Philosophical Inquiry (pp. 41-60). Trenton, NJ: Africa World Press. Although unrelated ritual that exit today in West Africa, most traditional dances have been connected to or are performed during religious ceremonies. Since such ceremonies are public events, in most cases, officials and elders presence are required and must be able dancers. Dance in Africa is not a separate art, but a part of the whole complex of living. For Africans, the magic of all life is experienced. African dance is basic, vital, and complete. It varies from the slowest and stateliest of court dances to those which move so rapidly the eye cannot hope to register all that is happening. In all, there is the concept of beauty. Beauty is primarily in the rhythmic action, composure, smile, body decoration and proposes etc...Traditional dance in Africa is the integrated art of movement that is controlled by her music which is governed by her languages. Its relationship to music is what chiefly distinguishes it from any other art form. African dance is also a source communication through which it is possible to demonstrated emotion, sentiment, beliefs and other reactions through movement. African dance can be traced to many modern movements. For example, martial arts self defense movement are common movements found in Nigeria among the Korokoro dancers. Also the samba was originally a generic term designated the choreography of certain round dances imported from Angola and the Congo. It is the most

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