In addition to being used as an artistic demonstration, ballet can also be used as a sport. There is a saying among ballerinas, “Ballet. Like sport, only harder.” Why harder? you might think. It is undertaken mostly by girly girls. It is demanding because...
For my final project I decided to do a form of dance and that form of dance I chose is ballet. I decided to choose ballet because every since I was a little girl I always admired the how graceful and elegant the dances carried themselves on stage. Throughout growing up I gain knowledge from friends who did ballet and pointe that it is not as glamorous as it is perceived. Ballet dancers go through excruciating lengths to be as elegant they can be on stage and I condemn their strength and persistence to do this form of dance. I believe ballet is one of the most beautiful forms of dance because ballet dancers practice to perfection and on stage you can definitely see how passionate they are about this form of dance.
Ballet, a form of dance has been around for many years and did not start in America. Ballet has made its mark around the globe and many have and still are enjoying the art and entertainment that the ballet brings. Ballet is known as being the “core” of the other forms of dance as in modern, contemporary and even hip hop. People enjoy the form of dance on an everyday basis at family functions, parties and even just being home alone and many do not know that the dances they particularly like all originated from ballet. The history of ballet has been put into nine well defined sections the Renaissance Period, the Baroque Period, the Classical Period, the Pre-Romantic Period, Romantic Era, the Russian Classics, the Ballet Ruses, Ballet in Europe
A Guide To Modern And Western Dancing
It is a common observation that western and modern dancing is considered to be the same dance forms. Though the meaning of either of the terms sounds similar, but the dance forms are completely different. Don’t worry if you aren’t familiar with the difference between the terms, this article is to guide every such person.
What is Western Dancing?
New Dance is described as a developing art form; this dance was articulated in the early 20th century. According to Chapter 8 in History of Dance book, “the new dance emerged as a response to the ballet that populated the variety shows and music halls, which had a rigid formula of steps and poses” (Kassing). The New Dance was a product of several strands that interlaced together dancers’ studies and backgrounds; these strands and others were woven together in a historical, political, and societal framework. For instance, one strand of New Dance consisted of the concepts, techniques, costumes, and stage settings from around the world. These strands influenced major dancers and choreographers, such as, Isadora Duncan, Loie Fuller, Ruth St. Denis, and Ted Shawn.
Dance is something that has been around for a very long time and throughout the years, has brought together many different cultures. Different forms of dance formed in different parts of the world and they all have different, languages, values, customs, etc. Dance in one part of the world could have a completely different value in another part of the world. And different styles have been created from past knowledge.
Dance is considered a sport for some people, and some don't. This research is about the physical and mental benefits of dance. According to the Oxford Dictionaries, dance is, “A series of steps and movements that match the speed and rhythm of a piece of music (2014 Oxford University Press). This research paper will be referring to dance mostly as a sport instead of an art. This essay briefly explains what dance is, and different forms of dance. This essay explains what dance does to benefit you mentally and physically, going into detail of diseases and problems you could prevent or cure with dance.
Sometimes dancers are underestimated. Some people argue dance is not a sport when every dancer considers it a sport because of the time and hard work it requires. In the article “The Sensitive Knowledge of Dance,” Marcia Almeida argues that dance should be valued as a producer of knowledge in the arts. In doing so, she analyzes how dancers use sensitive knowledge, their development of new body technologies, and points out the difficulties that dance faces in traditional academia.
The similarities that I observed is that modern dance pioneers placed emphasis on body movements. Martha Graham stated that modern dance is easy, glamorous and delightful. To me is a dance that is difficult to perform even when some of the body movements appeared easy for people do such as arm movement, falling and getting up. Moreover, the differences that I observed were the techniques of movements that each choreographer/pioneer used. For instance Martha Graham technique includes the used coordination, "contraction and release". Duncan for her part used simple gestures. Furthermore, Humphrey created dance entirely without musical accompaniment, she also used imbalance as the base for her movement such as fall and recovery. The modern dance
El tango is one of the best produced dances of all times.
Ballroom dancing originated in England in the late 18th Century and early 19th centuries in which these dances such as the waltz were performed by the upper and elite classes of society in balls and parties. During the late 19th century to the early 20th century, it became a trend among the working and middle class where they would go to gatherings and events in public dance halls. In the early 1920’s ballroom dancing competitions started to boom that in 1924 an organization was formed called the Ballroom Branch of Imperial Society of teachers of Dancing. The objective of this was to standardize and formalise ballroom dancing techniques, sets of steps and music to which it was danced to.