We usually have various things in mind when we think of
The thought I am dancing! results in infinite images of dance:
Codified movement vocabularies: ballet, jazz, modern, tap, etc.
Social dancing waltz, salsa, tang
Schools of Training
Based on the work of Enrico Cecchetti
Born in Rome in 1850
Began as a dancer and mime, performing throughout
Europe and in Russia
After an illustrious dancing career, turned to teaching
Taught some of
Modern dance is a hard-to-define genre of dance.
Over time, the standards and qualities of modern dance have
changed according to the desires of practicing dancers and
The term modern was first used in the early 1900s to
Doris Green states that African dance, based upon the
spoken language, is a source of communication through
which it is possible to demonstrate emotion, sentiment,
beliefs and other reactions through movement. Therefore,
there are as many styles of
We will be using the term theatrical
dance to refer to dance that is
performed for an audience.
As we have seen, many dance forms
that have social and ritual roots are
today performed in theatrical settings.
It is also true
Pli is the first thing
and the last thing you
~ Suzanne Farrell
Early History of Ballet
The first ballets bore little resemblance to
ballet as we know it today
Early forms of ballet were first developed
and performed during the Re
Square dancing is a North American social dance where
the prominent formation of the dancers is a square.
There are many regional variations of square dancing, but
all can be classified into one of three main regional types:
American Indian Dance
about 12,000 years ago,
North America was connected to Eurasia
through the Alaskan and Siberian
When the two continents initially
separated, the people on each were
ethnically and cu
Classical Indian Dancing
Bharata natyam is today considered a form of Classical
This style is performed by a solo female dancer.
Dancers must go through years of training to become a
bharata natyam dancer.
Belly dance is a type of Middle Eastern dancing.
The term belly dance is generally believed to have
been first used by Sol Bloom, entertainment director at
Chicago Worlds Fair in 1893.
Since then, the term belly dance has been used