Dance Around the World

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Dance Around the World

Throughout history, people have danced as part of religious ceremonies and social celebrations. They dance to communicate emotions, ideas, and stories and they dance for recreation. Dance spans across all cultures and has been around since the creation of humankind.
Dance has different meanings for everybody. For me it is an expression of the emotions that are buried deep in your soul. It is a way to release your emotions – whether they are happy or sad.
Here are some interesting quotes that others have written about dance:

"The joy of mind and body coming together in a movement. ..."

DANCE is JOY. DANCE is LOVE. DANCE is what DREAMS are made of.”
“Dance is a way of life.”

“Dancing is the poetry of the foot.”  ~John Dryden

“Dance is the hidden language of the soul.”  ~Martha Graham

“Dance is music made visible.” ~ George Balanchine

Activity 1
Create your own original dance quote. It can be serious, funny, philosophical, long, or short. Write the quote out and decorate it with pictures/designs. You can create your artwork by hand, magazine cutouts or computer.
You can use one of the following suggestions:

  • What does dance mean to you personally?

  • What does dance mean to the world?

  • Why do you dance?

  • Why do people dance?

  • Why did you take dance class?

  • Why is dance great?

  • What is special about a dancer?

Activity 2 – Choose ONE of the following options:


Think of one of the most significant moments in your life – it can be an event that was wonderful or one that was very difficult. Choreograph a creative dance piece in the time remaining that tells the story of that moment in your life. The dance should be 1 – 2 minutes in length. It can be done in silence or to music (no words!).

You will present the dance to the class tomorrow.
-or- OPTION 2
Write a 500 word opinion paper on what dance means to you. Why do you dance? How do you feel about the art of dance? How do you feel when you are dancing? How would you feel if you could never dance again? Why is dance important to you? Why is it important to the world? Etc etc…
Due Wednesday.

ATC Ms. Drake

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