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Dance Appreciation Week 4 Notes

by: Courtney Schmitz

Dance Appreciation Week 4 Notes ESS 104

Courtney Schmitz
UW - L
GPA 3.2

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These notes are from Thurs. Feb. 18th.
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This 2 page Class Notes was uploaded by Courtney Schmitz on Wednesday February 24, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to ESS 104 at University of Wisconsin - La Crosse taught by Kathy Gorman in Fall 2015. Since its upload, it has received 30 views. For similar materials see Dance Appreciation in Physical Education at University of Wisconsin - La Crosse.

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Joffrey Ballet of Chicago -Started by Robert Joffrey in 1956 -Similar to ABT, but on a smaller scale, in that they present ballets from different historical eras: o classical o romantic o contemporary -First ballet company to present "rock ballets": o Contemporary ballets performed to rock music. The first "rock ballet" was Trinity in 1970 with choreography by Gerald Arpino. Trinity was a reflection on America's youth culture of the late 1960's:  the freedom in their dancing, the sexual revolution, and the Vietnam war protests -First ballet company to hire dancers without the stereotypical "ballet body". -opened the door to those without a ballet body Dance Theatre of Harlem o started by Arthur Mitchell, The first African-American hired by any major ballet company o presents classical, romantic, and contemporary ballets but when they present the classics, Arthur Mitchell tries to incorporate the African- American culture into them *Ex. of a ballet was: Jazell-new Orleans in the 20th century Problems Faced by Professional Ballet Dancers  Career lifespan  Injuries  Male dancers stereotyped  Touring  Competition- with women huge  Salaries- don't make much unless you are a professional (you really have to love it!)  Other challenges: o long work days o no pay for off-season o no healthcare or retirement benefits Ideal Body for a Ballerina  Small head, long neck  Long legs and arms  Beautifully arched feet  Good turnout and flexibility Gelsey Kirkland  NYCB ballerina from the late 1970's - early 1980's. Balanchines's last great ballerina  Wrote an autobiography entitled, Dancing on My Grave, in which she exposed the negative side of the New York ballet world of the 1970's and 80's o Blamed Balanchine for having an drug addiction, eating disorder-- starved herself to 84lbs o Got fired from her movie position for being so thin o Drug addiction among dancers o Eating disorders among dancers o Stressful to feel the need to go to extreme measures to be a thin dancer Eating Disorders (video) 1 First person: 21 years old, extreme dieting since she was 12 (teacher told her she was fat) a Eliminated fat from her diet and became anorexic b Became nurtured and wasn’t ignored, teachers loved her, got better parts c Let go and started to gain weight-she felt like the worst person d Started cutting herself on arms and legs because of pain and hatred (it was calming) e Would eat more because she couldn’t lose weight- depressed 2 Second person: Joffrey ballet dancer--54 years old-it has taken a toll on her body, the way she starved herself a Severe osteoporosis b Control of weight- had control over people of eating disorders c Lived in a time where Anerexia was a silent threat


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