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Several cultures around the world have also been introduced into the dance in an attempt to make it more understandable in their own context. The dance style was introduced in France by Catherine de Medici when she got married to the king of France and it was mainly performed in the royal courts. Some of the initial costumes for the dance included masks, pantaloons, various ornaments, headdresses as well as other designed outfits (Anderson, 2008).
The dance steps were composed of slides, slight hops, curtsies, gentle moves and promenades. The shoes commonly used for the dance in the early times were made up of small heels to increase ease of movement. Currently, there exist three main styles of ballet namely contemporary ballet, classical ballet and neoclassical ballet. Classical ballet is a form that is deeply entrenched on the ancient ballet techniques and vocabularies. The neoclassical version deviates from the classical ballet in the sense that it has non-traditional feats as well as unusually fast moving tempos. The contemporary style is composed of the classical ballet techniques and the modern dance methods.
The modern dance began in the 19th century and extended to the early 20th century in the U.S.A and Germany. This dance style was established as a means of responding directly to ballet performances through the refusal of its codified motions and the narrative forms. The modern dance consists of a wide range of styles which were defined by the various artists who took part in it.
In ballet, the movements commonly known as line take various forms which include diagonal, horizontal and vertical. The vertical lines in which the dances make slight sequential jumps indicate elegance, grandeur as well as strength while the diagonal lines are signs of movements. In modern dance the lines normally adopted by the dances is horizontal line which indicates calm, placidity as well as repose.
Repetition which is common phenomena in all
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Dance is also a significant source that can facilitate in marking out the history of any society, culture or a nation. The olden times reveals the facts that dance are a form that dates back to centuries, but the emergence of modern dance came into existence in the latter nineteenth century and beginning of twentieth century.
With the world growing smaller as technology progresses and the combined studies, interests and creativity of dancers and choreographers, various dance forms evolved to what is known ass modern dance. During the turn of the twentieth century, ballet gained much criticism because of its fixed and limited movements so that choreographers looked to alternatives that could make dancing more appreciated.
The American theatrical dance evolved in its true sense during 20th century. With its diversified movement terminologies, individual choreographic inclinations, cultural and social concerns American theatrical dance has been an indispensable touchstone and national treasure.
Modern dance on the other hand can be performed with bare feet, without any formal apparel, and to any kind of tune, song or beat. It is a freeform art and the dancer could relay the mood of the story. It borrowed from ballet and ballroom
It employs elements such as floor work, recovery, contact-release, and improvisation; it is performed, usually, in bare feet. It requires dancers to be able to coin and not repeat movements at least 2-4 times; girls must be able to perform folk dances (Fantik min.
The observation and analysis of this song demonstrates the development of contemporary dance and ballet. Contemporary dance and ballet exemplifies a form of sovereignty and liberty in the movements. In this case, antique choreographers viewed dance as a repetition of a regular sequence of movements.
As Gerald Jonas observes, certain social forces like "fusion" challenged the survival of traditions. As such, “fusion” opposed the conservation of traditions especially in the music and dance industries. However, other social
In classical ballet there is a greater focus on technique execution, requiring dancers to both be graceful and skilled in executing different movements (Kassing 31).There are also fewer men in classical ballet, as elegance and grace are traits expected of women, thus the greater