...re of different dance cultures within the vocabulary of their scope, then the results would be so astounding as to give that dancer an unspoken quality distinguishing them from among their peers. Movement knowledge is cultural knowledge and remembering that each culture is beautiful and different in its own way can help create a dancer that will resonate with any audience member.
Dance is an ever evolving form of art; in much the same way that one can categorize and differentiate between eras and styles of architecture one can also do so with dance. These eras at times have sharp delineations separating them from their antecedents, other times the distinction is far more subtle. Traditional forms of dance were challenged by choreographers attempting to expand the breadth and increase the depth of performance; preeminent among such visionaries was Seattle born dancer and choreographer Mark Morris. Mark Morris' began as one of the millions of hopeful individuals attempting to simply make a career in dance; he not only succeeded but managed to have a lasting effect on the entire landscape of dance.
The key principles focus mainly on how movement can express aspects of a single individual, communication and how it pertains to a specific exercise, symbolic movements and how each step represents an obstacle or an achievement, and the improvisation of movements to invoke a sense of emotion. Dance movement therapy sessions often include observation, assessment, warmups, intervention, verbal as well as nonverbal processing and warm down exercises focused on closure. Sessions can be very structured or non direct in a group or an individual setting determined based upon evaluation. The theory of dance movement therapy is based solely on the theory that the mind, body and sprit interact simultaneously. The body referring to the discharge of energy through muscular and skeletal responses to stimuli received by the brain. The mind refers to mental activities like memory, imagery, perception, attention, evaluation, reasoning and decision making. The spirit refers to the subjectively experienced state of feeling in engaging in or empathically observant of the movements. (Source D) Through the unity of the body, mind and spirit dance movement therapy provides a sense of wholeness in an individual and provides the help that he/she may
When MacKenzie choreographs she focuses on delivering spectacularly rich performances. She has the ability to combine and create beautiful and engaging movement designs with an unusually effective understanding of concert dance architecture (Nevin, 2013). The audience is able to see the beauty each dance imposes. She is able to capture the audience with every dance and take them on a beautiful journey. She is also thoughtful in everything she does, but especially in anything that deals with any type of human connection, which is one of the many reasons why she is so successful as a teacher (Nevin, 2013). With her thoughtfulness and new ideas she is also open to learning and embracing new possibilities (Nevin, 2013). She is not just open t...
Dance is one of the many forms of art in which people express themselves. It is one of the oldest forms of expression. As a non-verbal form of art, dance involves itself not with reason to discourse but rather with feelings, attitudes, images, relationships, shapes, and other forms of emotions. Many generations, but specifically Generation Y, express themselves through dance. Dance can be anything from a wiggle in the finger toa twist of the hips. But this generation knows that there is more to dance than just technique and movement.
Extensive research has shown that using dance movements in a therapy setting can activate several brain functions at once such as a more rational thinking, the ability to recall more information and also to be more physically active. When in a dance therapy session, most instructors will start by playing music of several different genres in order to evoke expressionism in each individual by allowing them to feel the music within their movements. Sometimes one song can make one person feel happy, another sad, and another energized. By observing the different emotions that the music and the movements have such an impact on the patient, and how it may effect a person differently allows them to express their individuality. Dance can open up a creative outlook within the mind of an individual by allowing them to embody their emotions within the movements and convey how the music makes them feel inside. Dance is also a tool for stress release, dance therapy is a great stress reliever, not only because it is great physical excessive for the body but it is also emotionally therapeutic. Dancing can bring changes to emotions and attitudes almost instantly. Dance therapy can also help develop higher functions motor skills by incorporating stretching and deep breathing exercises to strengthen muscles and increase flexibility. This can benefit the patient’s motor skills by focusing on strength, coordination and balance. Not only does dance improve motor skills, it can also increase confidence and self esteem by creating a common ground between the therapist and the patient through movement. This allows for a positive and safe learning environment and lets the participant know they are welcome and that this will be a pleasant and fun experience. These
A type of movement that is influenced heavily by Jungian analysis, and works by analyzing the internal images of the patient. Patients are also urged to dance only when they feel the "impulse" to move.
Dance, like any other art form, is constantly evolving. Its roots are planted in every place in the world. America can thank several countries for creating what the dance industry is today. Since America is a melting pot, it has blended movements from all over the world. This country accepts all cultures and invites new art. Textbooks do not expand on the importance of dance, but it not only played a role in early American society, but todays as well.
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.
I'm a kinesthetic learner, which means I learn best by touching and doing things. For example, when my math teacher explains how to do a math problem, I actually have to pick up my pencil and solve the problem myself, rather than just listening or watching. Also, I realized that my note taking and highlighting obsession is an example of me being a kinesthetic learner.