Dance as Popular Culture.
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Casey Perry Critical Essay Popular Culture 12/4/01 Dance as Popular Culture Dance has been greatly minimized in the United States culture today, but is still a very integrated aspect in popular culture. It serves many functions such as artistic expression for the choreographer, who creates the dance, and communication for the dancer to the audience. Dance can relay messages of everyday life, behavior and values through the body movements. There are a number of different styles of dance such as ballet, jazz, modern and tap, which are the best known. There are also and endless number of dances which originate from other countries that have been adapted into the American culture. Because of the various styles of dance there are many ways in which aspects of popular culture can be conveyed to the audience. You must ask yourself though, what is art? It is a method of expressing yourself, a creative thinking process, something pleasing to the audience's eye. Dance is very much a form of artistic expression in my opinion. There is an intense creative process attached to this genre of art. Many years of learning and practicing different techniques are essential of effectively being able to communicate to the audience. ...read more.
and gives insight into the social structure that surrounds him/her, forcing the dancer to look within himself. When Fosse created his dances he used repetitious music so that the dance movements also could be repeated, allowing the dancer to feel comfortable. This sense of repetition he used permitted the dancer to incorporate their sense of individuality and let them present the meaning of the dance successfully. Dance also incorporates other aspects of art forms into itself. The music and costumes are also essential parts. If a ballet dance was done with hard rock music and bellbottom pants, it would not portray the same message as it would with traditional ballet music and a ballet skirt. Haiti's cultural influence on Katherine Dunham's style of dance is in the music. Each rhythm usually has a corresponding movement that reflects reasons about why the dance is done. The music is also the foundation for the mood of the dance and the dancers. A certain feeling is also created by the certain tone of the music whether it was smooth or sharp. A smooth tone would hint that the dance is of a calm and content nature such as birth or marriage, rather than a sharp tone that would hint a more aggressive dance about war or conflict. ...read more.
It is also a way of socializing either with the friends you go with, or the new people you meet while you are there. Today's club dance does represent the times as each of the other dance eras has, so in that sense it is still consistent. Dance may seem so simple so some, but when it is picked apart and looked at in greater depth it incorporates so many aspects of popular culture. Dance in the United States has, and still is changing with the evolution of society; it reflects the common interests of the people and the way that our society functions at the given moment. There are a number of styles of dance that are used to express the changing times. Emotions, a story or a ritual can also be communicated through dance because it is such a universal way of expressing these things. Although in the American culture dance is not used in our daily lives, in many other cultures it is used in that manner. This form of artistic expression is a great contribution to all cultures because it incorporates so many things into it. Therefore dance has survived as a means of popular culture until today; and it is still growing. ...read more.
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