February 28, 2011
Dance is used as a form of expressing how you feel through the movement of your body through music. Through the different styles of dancing, it can be slow paced, fast paced, mellow, seductive, fun and enjoyable at the same time. The different styles discussed in this paper will show that jazz, ballet, folk, ritual and modern dance are different but similar. Whatever style of dance you choose they all have repetition, form and rhythm and something about the dance that makes people enjoy it and move to it. Jazz
The Charleston is a form of Jazz dance originally performed by Blacks on a small island near Charleston, South Carolina, around 1903. The dance became popular with the rest of society in the 1920s (Charleston Dance, 2011). Dancing the Charleston became a reflection of the times described as rebellious and daring. While dancing the Charleston the body remained relaxed and casual. Performers used a series of kicks with their heels pointing outward. By bending the knees and straightening the knees dancers move the body up and down at a fairly fast rate. Always performed to Jazz music, the Charleston was a sign of the times. Boogie Woogie is another form of Jazz dance popular during the 1940s and 1950s (Bedinghaus, 2010). The dance uses variations of a six count dance pattern that repeats throughout the dance. Dancers add their own variation of the steps through lifts and swinging the body upward with legs extended outward. Variations in footwork are always based on the six count basic pattern. A dancer’s upper body remains on center and the lower body performs the steps. Like the Charleston, Boogie Woogie was a sign of the times.
Sleeping Beauty is a ballet performed around the world and uses costume and scenery to aid in telling the story. A duet performs s portion of the ballet and other members of the company stand or sit in the background in appropriate costumes. The performance is a series of set ballet dance steps and patterns. A female dancer performs parts of the ballet on point causing her body to remain rigid but yet fluid in appearance. The ballet uses the body to form vertical, horizontal, and diagonal lines to generate movement. The male dancer is mostly in a supporting role of the female dancer. Movement is slow, deliberate, and precise. A duet and the chorus perform Snow Flakes in the Nutcracker Ballet. Like other ballets, the Nutcracker tells a story without benefit of words but is aided by scenery and costumes. A story is told through momentous patterns and variations of the five basic ballet steps. A duet performs with lifts and arms of the female dancer extended upward and outward. While on point the right leg extends outward at a right angle. At times, she bends downward at the waist while the body appears to remain perfectly straight. As in other ballets the pace moves from slow to fast keeping time to the music. Folk Dance
The Irish Jig, reel and hornpipe originated in the 1600 consist in using hard or soft-shoes primarily in a tap. Together with airborne movement four variants are incorporated in Irish dancing double, single, slide and slip are associated with specific soft-shoe solo dance still performed in competitions today, usually by female dancers. While jig tempo is generally lively when played solo, competitive dancers usually call for a greatly reduced tempo in order to execute their complicated footwork. (Kundanis, 2002). A fast version of the tune is referred to as a slide and is used in the dancing of sets. The reel is done to the music of tune type with same name and given its present dominance in music and dance; it may seem surprising that the reel is a relative latecomer to the Irish scene (n.d.,2011). The regions of Punjabi India, a harvest celebration folk dance each season Sikh farmland villages performed motions the music taken in the form Punjabi folk drum assimilated working...