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Dance is "rhythmic and expressive body movement usually coordinated into a pattern and performed with music".

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Art and Entertainment Dance By : Saad Aqil Dance is "rhythmic and expressive body movement usually coordinated into a pattern and performed with music". Dance is perhaps the oldest of the arts, reflecting man's age-old need to communicate joy or grief by using the most immediate instruments at his disposal. Almost all-important occasions, such as birth, death, marriage, war, new leader, etc in the life of a primitive man were celebrated by dancing. Dance steps are created from man's basic movements like walking, running, jumping, hopping, skipping, etc. Combinations of these have become traditional dance steps and have been used often in a stylized manner, for folk and ethnic dances, social or ballroom dances, ballet, and modern expressive dances. The point in time where people started to dance is very hazy. Indeed, there are people who believe that man has danced since before sapiens was a species. This is true in the fact that before he had the power of speech, ancient man conveyed thoughts, wishes, and emotions through actions. The first recorded dancing is among the ancient civilizations of the Middle East and India and among the Aboriginal people of America, Australia, and Africa. ...read more.


The Bharat Natyam dancers dress in specially designed colourful silk costumes and wear elaborate jewellery including head ornaments, necklaces and bangles. Another form of Indian classical dance is Kuchipudi. This is a more recent dance form, which is also from south India. It originated in the 17th century in the village of Kuchipudi in Andhra Pradesh. It is a mixture of the sacred and temporal emotions. The movements are also faster than Bharat Natyam. One of the popular themes of the dance drama of Kuchipudi is the story of Krishna and Satyabhama. Kathakali is another type of Indian classical dance. This is a very elaborate classical dance drama originating in Kerala in South India. It is enacted by an all male cast who wear huge painted masks and voluminous skirts. But what is unique about Kathakali is the make-up, which is the most intricate used by any dance form in the world. The make-up and costume themselves may take hours to put on and often Kathakali performances go on for ten to twelve hours at a stretch, usually outdoors. ...read more.


Peking opera is the best-known genre of Chinese dance-drama. Developed in the mid-19th century from earlier varieties of Chinese opera, it includes spectacular acrobatics as an important part of the action. In the 1950s the Chinese government began promoting productions based on European ballet and emphasizing themes relevant to China's contemporary political and social environment. In Indonesia, especially in Java, graceful female dancers formerly entertained royalty with refined forms of court dance; they lived at court, and their dances were not seen by the public. In Bali, masked dramas with kings and clowns, war dances, and spirit-possession dances remain a part of village life. However, the modern world will foster more borrowing of dances among different countries, as well as the creation of new dance forms based on mixtures of various national styles. Modern people have lost the dances of the past because no method existed to preserve them. Today, with film, videotape, and dance notation systems such as Labanotation, Effort/Shape, and Benesh notation, the dances of contemporary cultures can be preserved for subsequent generations and therefore, we can say that this form of art will keep on developing and entertaining as time goes on. ...read more.

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