One of the most beautiful forms of art that has grown into so much more than just a hobby now but a profession, is dance. Dance helps a person to heal within, many dances have been turned into things in which is great for fitness. Each dance form has its own unique identity, it has a different type appeal to it. In every country, ethnicities are merging dance forms and constantly creating new ones. Such as lyrical dance, which branched off from the modern dance, jazz, contemporary and other 20th century techniques.
The History of African Dance African dancing has both historic and social traditions that hold more significance than those of many other cultures. The dances help to celebrate not only special events and festivals, but they regularly tell stories about a culture’s history. Dancing was used to deflect danger, to ask for fortune, to express emotions and feeling and also to celebrate certain life-changing happenings such as birth or marriage. Dancing was also a way to simply pass time and to enjoy life. African dance is polycentric where the dancer’s body has many centers and doesn’t move as a whole throughout the dance.
I will focus on Ballet Folklorico de Mexico which is a folkloric ballet ensemble in Mexico City. For the past five decades folkloric dancers have performed dances in costumes that reflect the traditional culture of Mexico. The most famous dance group in Mexico is Ballet Folklorico de Amalia Hernandez, this group has been international competitions and has won many times. Folklorico is composed of Ballet steps and musical pieces reflecting various regions and folk music genres of Mexico. We should educate ourselves a little about Mexican Folklore.
It has its roots in the Charleston and Foxtrot and was danced to what was at a time called jazz music. Jazz music was also known as swing music and the dances danced to it became known as swing dances. Lindy hop got its name after Charles Lindbergh, the famous aviator. It is still danced today. Swing Styles Savoy Swing: a style of Swing popular in the New York Savoy Ballroom in the 30's and 40's originally danced to Swing music.
The movement, too, was similar to that of the Tambu, and the dance was also first seen to the wider public at the 1966 Festival Competition. The Ettu dance also has what is known as 'Shawling'. Shawling is a ritual which involves throwing of shawls or scarves around the neck of another dancer as a sign of appreciation. This significant task is an integral part of Ettu traditional dances. - See more at: http://timeinjamaica.com/ettu_dance#sthash.gzowyClv.dpuf Quadrille Quadrille originated from the popular dance of the French and English in the 18th and 19thcenturies.
Another movement I noticed was the performers tip-toeing very quickly. I felt this movement represented the performer trying to remain hidden on stage. I also noticed a particular movement in which the performer smoothly gyrated his hips back and forth. I felt that this was some kind of victory dance. The next movement I noticed was two dancers doing a kind of “stomping” on the stage.
The male dancer then lifts the lady over his knee until she is standing up; this could show power as the male dancer is creating the movements for her and therefore has control. Aural Setting The music used within the dance piece is songs by the Rolling Stones. The Rolling stones are a 60’s band and some of the moves and costumes the dancers use relate to
Robert Parker R110 - Section No. 3468 10/4/2006 Dina David Title of Speech – Ballroom Dancing Specific Purpose: To demonstrate to my class the basics of ballroom dancing. Central Idea: By knowing a few simple steps, one can easily navigate the floor at a formal affair. LEFT COLUMN label speech functions MIDDLE COLUMN content of speech use complete sentences RIGHT COLUMN Label physical behaviors Attention Revealing Topic Relevancy Credibility Preview INTRODUCTION I. Many of you have seen shows like Dancing with the Stars or So You Think You Can Dance, but most of you probably have no idea of the basics of each of these dances.
Social dances vary wide and deep, with movements that can either consist of repetitive group movements, like with Bugaku, or court dancing, where a man and a woman pair off and dance in circular patterns around other couples. The elements in Bugaku are rather intense, very colorful with bright lighting and eerie music played by live performers. Dancers wear elaborate and loose costumes, and are very limited in their space to dance. (Manzairaku 1,2,3) Storytelling also highlights the moves of the Japanese Bugaku dancers, as with Ballet, as only background instrumentals and bodily expressions allow the audience to properly understand the emotion and follow along. Ballet utilizes dramatic lighting and music (with extreme highs and lows), realistic scenery that often changes with the passing of the story, and rather fitting costumes that allow dancers to focus on core strength and movements that give the perception of floating dancers across the stage.