The meaning of Dance

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When you hear the word art, you may think of paintings, or statues, but what about Ballet, Jazz, or even Tap, all of which are art forms as well. “Dance is an art form that is displayed through the human body using the medium of movement” (Ambrosia, 3). Until recently dance meant nothing more to me than a way to get in shape and something interesting to watch. Nora Ambrosia, along with the aid of the course, thus far, has helped me to discover the art form that is dance, in addition to the History, purposes, and self expression that dance encompasses. Dance has been traced back to as far as 3000 B.C. “Dance is recognized as being one of the oldest art forms known to the world” (Ambrosia, 4). As far back as History can recall and be recorded, dance has rearred itself as a part of our history and past. Dance is as much a part of who we were as who we are today. Take for instance the Renaissance period, which saw the rise of ballet as a professional art form. This is also the time when some of the world’s most captivating dane traditions were developed, and continue on today. In more recent years, dance can actually define a decade. Take for instance the Jitter Bug, this form of dance developed in the African American districts of America during the 1950s and became the largest dance form of the fifties. As we take a look even more recently, take for instance Disco, a form of dance that can encompass the entire seventies decades. Dance throughout time has not only served as entertainment but also served several purposes. Dance in the Primitive Period, was used as a means of communication, rituals were used to worship and appease the gods. Movements during this time were imitative and very basic. Many of the dance rituals had a purpose and focused on fertility and having and abundant harvest. As time passed into the Ancient period, developments and

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