Coupe Dance Definition Essay

Dance is a performing art. It is described in many ways. It is when people move to a musicalrhythm. They may be alone, or in a group. The dance may be an informal play, a part of a ritual, or a part of a professionalperformance. There are many kinds of dances, and every human society has its own dances.

Dancing is not a sport, though it does have some athletic aspects. Dance is an art. Some people dance to express their feelings and emotions. Other people dance to feel better. Dance can be used to tell a story. In some societies, dance goes with song as well as music. People who want to learn to dance can go to dance schools. It may take years of practice to become an experienced and flexible dancer.

To plan a dance is called choreography, done by a choreographer.[1] Often this goes with music, and fits into a certain style. Dances may be planned in detail, or they may be whatever dancers feel like doing. However, most dancing does follow some general style or pattern. One style is the couple dance, where (usually) a man and a woman dance together. Other dances need an ensemble, a group of people together to make it work.

History[change | change source]

People have always danced. Every society has its own dances. There are pictures, on pottery and stone, which show dances from several thousand years ago, in Egypt and Greece.[2]Chapter5

Sachs divides early dances into 'Imageless dances' and 'Image dances'. By 'imageless dances' he meant dances which have no set form, but aim at getting the dancers into a state of ecstasy. In this state the dancer(s) seem changed, in a trance, and are often thought of (by their society) as being 'possessed by spirits'. These dances are done on certain occasions: marriage, war, famine, illness or death, and so on. They are found in all early ('primitive') societies.[2]p49; 62

The 'image dances', according to Sachs, are to do with the world outside the dancer. By imitating an animal or object, the dancer believes he can capture a power and make it useful. To dance in imitation of the animal which is going to be hunted is to become one with them. To imitate the act of sex is to achieve fertility. This is the kind of thinking behind an image dance. Sachs points out that societies of this kind do not really understand the connection between cause and effect. They really believe the image dances work. The dance type which is used in image dances is mime.[2]p49; 77

The two styles of dance may be joined together. Fertility dances may involve both ecstatic states and mime. The great dancer Nijinsky used some of these ideas in his choreography for the balletLe Sacre du Printemps (The Rite of Spring), a ballet about the sacrifice of a girl during a primitive celebration of Spring.

In more recent times, the first dance school we know about was opened in 1661 in Paris. Only men were accepted until 1681. After 1681, women were accepted too. Ballroom dances are forms of modern dance. Ballroom dances such as the waltz are done by couples.

Until the 20th century, most ballroom dances were sequence dances. The way people moved was planned in set formation. These formations were usually lines or squares. Everyone moved at the same time, and finished at the same time. The music played for a set time, and then stopped. After the invention of the waltz, around 1800, another style of dancing developed.[3] In the waltz, and later dances, people danced in couples, but they did so separately. They did not dance in formation, but moved round the room as they pleased (but anti-clockwise). Often, new dance styles arrive. Some dance as individuals, separately, as they please. Street dance is like that. All these types of dance have music.

At the same time, round the world there are many traditional dances. Some of them have been going for hundreds of years. We call them folkloric dances.

The coming of popular music videos and DVDs led to a kind of dancer previously seen in some stage shows. A backup dancer (or background dancer) is a performer who dances with or behind the lead performers in a live musical act or in a music video.[4]

Styles[change | change source]

There are many different styles of dance, which fall into these general types:

Professional dancers[change | change source]

References[change | change source]

Wikimedia Commons has media related to Dance.
Ballet: Silje does an arabesque (by her father, Frode Inge Helland)
Young couple dancing at a junior Latin dance competition.
  1. ↑Crane Debra & Mackrell, Judith 2000. The Oxford Dictionary of Dance. Oxford University Press, Oxford. [this book only deals with ballet]
  2. 2.02.12.2Sachs, Curt 1937. The world history of the dance. Norton, N.Y.
  3. ↑Wood, Melusine 1952. Historical dances: 12th to 19th centuries. Dance Books, London.
  4. Storr, Will (5 June 2011). "The truth about life as a background dancer". The Telegraph. Retrieved 13 June 2013. 

Coupé Theatre Studios is a full service dance studio located in Rockland County, New York, offering instruction and performance opportunities for students ages 3 to adult. Dance classes are offered six days a week in ballet, pointe, jazz, tap, modern, hip-hop, musical theatre, voice training, vocal performance, acting and kinder classes. All classes are taught by professional instructors who either hold a degree or have a professional performing background. Coupé provides a highly structured curriculum in all forms of dance that has been carefully crafted by teachers with years of experience. Coupé builds a solid foundation of technique, and provides students with a well-rounded education in dance and theatre arts. Whether the student is taking one class per week for cultural enrichment and enjoyment, or pursuing a career in dance and related disciplines, their training at Coupé will be by top dance educators in their field. Classes are carefully monitored for size, compatibility of students, and quality of teaching. Coupé Theatre Studio always strives to provide quality, integrity, and fairness.

0 thoughts on “Coupe Dance Definition Essay”

    -->

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *