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Dance is unique to each person Many people today in society have their own style they either like to watch or actually do The connection every person has with dance is the abilty to enoy the art of dance Some cultures use dance for rituals while other cultures such as the US can trace its societys history through dance Many forms of dance have been explored in society such as folk modern and ballet The common bond of all forms of dance is how it unites people to enjoy themselves The beauty of dance is it is always evolving with society Folk dance requires not only an ethnic identification but a participatory and aesthetic tradition It is dance which is an integral and anticipated behavior in the culture and defined by the aesthetics of that culture whether rural or urban thus the traditional village dances of Europe the Hawaiian hula the American clog the Chhou are equal members of the folk tradition Chhou is the official folk dance of Bengal The Chhou is unique form of masked dance The dancer impersonates a god animal bird hunter flower He acts out a short theme And he performs a series of short themes mailny during the month of Chaitra April Chhou masks have predominantly human features slightly modified to suggest what they are portraying The performers face being expressionless the dancers body communicates the total emotional and psychological tensions of a character His feet have a gesture language his toes are agile functional and expressive like those of animal The dancer is mute no song is sung Only instrumental music bamboo flute drums accompany him The dance is very vigorus and acrobatic One of the famous chhou performers is Dhunda Mahato Dhananjay Mahato Changes in Cypriot life occurred but slowly between the first years of the century and the Second World War they gained pace with Independence in 1960 and became quite abrupt
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