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Dance 1010 Study Guide

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This study guide is what CAN BE on the exam. It is a review of all the chapters we've read and the in class notes.
Dance 1010
Denise Purvis
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Date Created: 09/19/16
5 Stages of looking: 1. Observation a. Movement­ concepts b. Viewing­ methods of understanding c. Inside or outside culture 2. Description a. Visible elements b. The dancer/ dance c. Music d. Environment­ stages, sets, scenery 3. Explanation a. Structure i. Time ii. Relationships iii. Content 4. Interpretation  a. Style and meaning b. Summary of important elements c. Basic style d. Significance 5. Evaluation a. How do we asses b. Former/ creator c. Criteria d. Performer e. The work HOW are we looking? ● Dances have different aesthetics and cultural moorings ● Stylistic movements ● Rhythmic unity ● Where the dance takes place WHAT are we looking at? ● The story: ○ Sexuality and gender Identity  ○ Power and resistance ○ Tradition ○ Innovation WHY are we looking? ● Dance has power to transform reality in some cultures ● Ethnocentric bases of what kind of movements relate to what we immediately call “beautiful” ● Where is the dancing appropriate ● Dance can be communally as well as personally transformative The power of dance ● The body holds our history and communicates most honesty our morals, values,  and beliefs ● Cultural Identity: feeling of belonging in a group or culture ● Dance shows importance of cultural identity  ○ Folk dances come from everywhere ○ Ballroom steps are simple ( for whole community) Native American Dance ● Historical Overview ○ In 1934 John Collier removed bans on Native American dance ○ In 1978 Carter gave Native Americans the legal right to worship ● Characteristics of the people transferred over to certain dances (ex: southwest  had agricultural dances) ● The sacred number was 4 (north, south, east, west) ●  Types Dances ○ Follow the cycle of life ○ War dances ● Parts of the dance ○ Songs ■ Relate to all aspects of life ○ Musical instruments ■ Drums (varying sizes) ■ Flutes ○ Rhythm  ■ Symbolizes entire universe and the heartbeat of  creation ○ Masks and Paint ■ Paint bodies and face with natural pigments ■ Hides, feathers, and other natural materials ■ All have purpose and power ● Powwows ○ Celebrations ○ Competitions ○ Can be inter­tribal ○ Multi­generational  ● Dances are not written down they are passed down through people like folk tales Belly Dancing: ● History of ○ Danse du ventre means belly dancing in Latin ○ It “originated” in Paleolithic era ○ Early customs were to perform dance around women in labor to  help relieve the pains (custom still practiced in North Africa and some parts of the Middle East) ○ Dance as believed to be about fertility and creating life hence the  hip movements ○ Also believed to be a dance to worship goddesses  ○ However both men and women both dance it now ○ The term “belly dancing” was originally coined at The World Fair in 1893 where dances and dancers were brought from all over the place ■ Little Egypt was a belly dancer at The World Fair ○ Ghawazee­ Gypsies ■ 18­19th century colonization ● Descriptions of exotic oriental  dancers ■ In the 19th century belly dancing was seen as  disreputable  ● Connected to prostitution  ● Napoleon had 400 belly dancers  decapitated ● Mohammed Ali banishes all  Egyptian dancers to Esha, which then became a popular tourist  site to see all the banished dancers ○ In North America in the 40’s and 50’s belly dancing was seen  mostly in strip clubs ● Belly dancing is a broad term ○ Solo improvisation can happen even in groups of dancers ○ Abstract (no narrative) ○ Has a strong focus on females ○ Different regions emphasize different parts of the body and  practice very different styles


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