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A Glimpse into Rudolf Laban's Life and Influence on Music Education
Rudolf Laban and his Influence on Music Education Rudolf Laban was a European artist who was famous during the early 1900’s for his works in revolutionizing the way that dance and movement are taught. Before his time, the field of dance consisted primarily of rigid form and structure that was passed down by each generation...
The History and Use of Pantomime in Theatrical Dance from Ancient Greece to Ballet D'Action
From the 6th century to the 4th century BC, Ancient Greek Pantomime dominated theatrical dance in Ancient Greece. In Ancient pantomime, highly skilled performances in which gestures, bodily, movements, words, songs, and music contributed to stir the emotions of the audience. It is composed of poetry, music, and dance insepa...
A Report on the Art of Dancing
Dance Assignments Pt. 1 Martha Graham makes an interesting statement at the end of her essay, that dance doesn’t need to change for a visual generation, but that it remains one fundamentally unchanged art form among a sea of others that have changed dramatically in their purpose and method over the course of hundreds of y...
A Description of the Tibetan Skeleton Dance, a Type of Cham Dance
Tibetan Skeleton Dance is a type of Cham dance commonly performed at Monlam, the ten day Tibetan prayer festival beginning on the Tibetan New Year, as well as at cemetery rituals, although these dances are very private and impossible to observe. Cham dance as a musical tradition may have had its beginnings as early as 637...
The Paradoxical Tastefulness of Bob Fosse's Choreography
The Paradoxical Tastefulness of Bob Fosse’s Choreography Fred Astaire, the iconic American male dancer of both the Broadway stage and the Hollywood screen in the early half of the twentieth century, is remembered today for his elegance, poise, and charm. Known for his partnership with Ginger Rogers, Astaire, dressed clea...
Hip-Hop Dancing as a New Art Form
Throughout The Humanities by Sayre, we have seen the rise and fall of civilizations but a repeating idea seems to be that every culture creates a form of art that reflects their practices and what that society deems as important. In most cases, these art forms can be seen as “unnecessary” due to their lack of practical func...
A Critique of Happy Hour Performed by Monica Bill Barnes and Anna Bass
Monica Bill Barnes and Anna Bass performedHappy Hour, an interactive one-hour work that depicted the story of two men at a bar/party. Throughout the show the men try to court a few women in the audience—only one of them having total success. They also have a goal to entertain the audience and receive high amounts of positiv...
A Critique of Restless Creature, a Piece Performed by Wendy Whelan
Retired New York City ballerina Wendy Whelan graced the stage with her own independent contemporary ballet showcaseRestless Creature. It was comprised of four lengthy pieces, each featuring a distinct male partner to complement and share Whelan’s phenomenal talent. Although there were no flashy sets—the second half of the p...
The Similarities and Differences between Katherine Dunham and Alvin Ailey's Fusion of African-European Dance
Africa and Europe have always been two continents that contrast with one another in every way possible, from their traditions to their natives’ skin color. The former holds an oppressive history of chaos that was caused by the latter. The two lands are seldom considered similar. However, in the realm of dance, Africanist an...
A Comprehensive Analysis of the Dance Performed by Shantala Shivalingappa
Shantala Shivalingappa graced the stage with commemorations and poems from her native India. The performer practices the art of Kuchipudi, a variation of classical Indian dance that focuses on rhythmically and abstractly conveying a greater message. Shivalingappa spent the evening worshipping various gods of Indian culture...