Moving With Martha Martha Graham was a famous dancer who brought a different kind of dancing to the world. Her dance moves changed the world of dance forever. Martha Graham would be represented as a person different than most others. In the novel Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell, which is a non- fiction self help, Graham would be represented as an outlier. Her father helped her make many of her decisions during her life, which brought her to be the outlier she was.
The Balanchine Ballerina; Oppression in Ballet Classical ballet has always been a symbol of femininity; ballerinas have always been depicted as wispy, fairy-like, and exceptionally thin. Within the classical ballet community, dancers are trained to attempt to fit into this impossible stereotype. To be thin and possess a flawless image is the unspoken yet always present pressure. Ballerinas go to such extreme lengths to fill this stereotype that they literally deteriorate their bodies, suffering physically and psychologically. The pressure to fit the stereotypical image of a ballerina is oppressive, yet it continues to be dictated through the influence of society.
In the video, the dance looked like it was very easy to execute but having already been in the technique class all year, it is amazing to know that doing the movements correctly is actually difficult. May O’Donnell constructs her pieces with the use of spacial structure. She organizes her dancers so that different groups are spread out differently throughout the stage and at times she uses all dancers in one singular spacial structure, like a diagonal. She changes the organization on stage frequently so that the audience would be constantly captivated by the rapid action on stage. She also uses many other choreographic tools to keep the attention of the audience and bring contrast to her piece.
New York during this time was a working class city. The women of this places acted different about their forms of leisure. The types of leisure offered were basically the same, however it was the viewpoints of the guardians who changed the outcome of them. A perfect example of this is how in New York there were hundreds of dance halls, both chaperoned and non chaperoned. Unlike New York’s dance halls, the time for dance for women in Middletown was if there was a celebration or a friend was having a chaperoned dance.
She uses pathos, logos, and ethos while challenging this statement. Pathos is used while discussing the purpose of dance, the opportunities dancers have been given, and the competitive side of dance. James uses Logos as she writes about the strategies dancers use in order to succeed as a dancer, she also states the true definition of an athlete, which qualifies dancers as athletes, and also while discussing how dancers prevent or obtain injuries. Ethos is used in this article when James references the TV series on FOX known as So You Think You Can Dance, and also giving credibility to dancers for fighting to make dance a sport. James addresses the emotional appeal, also known as Pathos, multiple times in this article.
Mrs. Roosevelt overcame an emotionally absent childhood and dictatorial mother-in-law to become an advocate for civil rights, women’s privileges, and the poor. Each of her life experiences made her stronger and fostered her growth into the women she became. Martha Graham was an artistic leader and developed a unique and American art form through her dance. While her contributions centered around respecting and protecting the art form she created, she also indirectly aided the advancement of civil and women’s rights. Lastly, Dorothy Day utilized her emotionally crippling childhood as well as her early experiences as a radical demonstrator to become the person she ultimately wanted to be.
Ian Frazier “The Rez”: What Was Courageous About Her Dance That Day? Today many cultures and ethnic groups are still faced with discrimination and prejudice in this country. Although there are a few people with enough integrity to be civil; there are still those that choose to be ignorant about these ethnic groups and the contributions, sacrifices and courage they have shown and continue to show. Still with all these adversities and difficulties there is one person that breaks threw those barriers. Such as the case of a the young Indian girl named SuAnne by her allowing all the elements of physical, moral , social, creative courage to come shining through all at once in a dance.
The artists were very close and they all loved to dance together and learned from each other. When they separated most of them created their own dance school, some of them became very popular and are still running today. A popular one would be Anna’s school at her house in California on her deck. Another school I think was interesting and important to the dance culture was the multi racial school she made. Which was the first multi racial in the U.S. and it was during a time when the United States still had racism.
Dancing is not just a mating ritual as we have been told; it is a story that is too good for words. Dancing is a way to communicate with anybody no matter what language they speak or how old they are. It is a way to cross barriers and touch souls. Many people over time have argued as to what the true nature of dance is; some people think it is an expressing of culture, others say it is a spiritual medium and some cynics even believe dance is only a mating ritual. Contrary to what these people have argued, dancing has been used as a form of art for centuries, not just a mating ritual.