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Lecture - What is dance

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Introduction to Dance Lecture – What is Dance? DNC101 Online Course
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What is dance?
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Our textbook’s definition: ~ Dance is an art performed by individuals or groups of human beings, existing in time, space, force, and flow, in which the human body is the instrument, and movement is the medium. The movement is stylized, and the entire dance work is characterized by form and structure. Dance is commonly performed to musical or other rhythmic accompaniment, and has as a primary purpose the expression of inner feelings and emotions, although it is often performed for social, ritual, entertainment, or other purposes.
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A broader definition: ~ To move with measured steps, or to musical accompaniment. To go through, either alone or in company with others, a regulated succession of movements.
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Our definition for this class: ~ Dance generally refers to human movement either used as a form of expression or presented in a social, spiritual, or performance setting .
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Dance also is used to describe: ~ methods of non-verbal communication between humans (body language) or animals (bee dance, mating dance) ~ motion in inanimate objects (the leaves dancing in the wind) ~ certain musical forms or genres
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The definition of what constitutes dance fluctuates and is dependent on social , cultural , artistic and moral constraints.
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Dance can range from functional movement to specified techniques: such as the differences between folkdance and ballet .
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How many styles of dance can you think of?
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