The Art of Dance


The Art of Dance: a blog around the creative and academic aspects of dance.

The Art of Dance is a website dedicated to the art of dance. It gives performers, teachers, students and choreographers worldwide a platform to share their knowledge, experience and views about all things related to the world of dance.

On The Art of Dance you will find articles on ballet, jazz, tap, modern, folk and ethnic dance. We also cover ideas on technique, pointe work, partnering, improvisation, choreography and composition. Our aim is to present all aspects of this wonderful art form so that everyone who is interested in it can gain new insights.

There is no place like the Internet for bringing together people who are passionate about the same subject from all over the world. We hope you will join us in sharing your views on anything related to dance!

The Art of Dance: a blog around the creative and academic aspects of dance.

The Art of Dance brings together dance lovers from the general public and from the professional dance world. It is a place for people to connect, share their love of dance, and discuss their experiences with fellow readers.

The Art of Dance contributors include dancers, choreographers, academics, students, and observers from around the world who have come together to share their ideas and experiences. Contributions are welcome from all interested in participating in this international conversation about dance. The goal of The Art of Dance is to promote an open dialogue about all aspects of dance including history, philosophy, criticism, performance, choreography, teaching, learning, health issues and more.

The Art of Dance: a blog around the creative and academic aspects of dance.

Dance is a performing art form consisting of purposefully selected sequences of human movement. This movement has aesthetic and symbolic value, and is acknowledged as dance by performers and observers within a particular culture. Dance can be categorized and described by its choreography, by its repertoire of movements, or by its historical period or place of origin. An important distinction is to be drawn between the contexts of theatrical and participatory dance, although these two categories are not always completely separate; both may have special functions, whether social, ceremonial, competitive, erotic, martial, or sacred/liturgical. Other forms of human movement are sometimes said to have a dance-like quality, including martial arts, gymnastics, figure skating, synchronized swimming and many other forms of athletics.

Theatrical dance, also called performance or concert dance, is intended primarily as a spectacle usually a performance upon a stage by virtuoso dancers. It often tells a story usually with musical accompaniment; plots are often used in classical ballet. Many dance styles can be categorised as both theatrical and participatory (folk dance).

Participatory dancers often all employ the same movements and steps but in an improvised precursor to freestyle sessions.

The Art of Dance is a blog focused on the creative and academic aspects of dance. The site contains articles on dance history, theory, criticism, and pedagogy. We also offer a variety of resources for dancers including training videos, suggested reading lists and links to other web resources. The site also has over 40 video clips featuring highlights from the world’s leading dance companies.

Artists featured include:

Alexander Godunov

Alvin Alley Dance Theatre

American Ballet Theatre

Angelin Preljocaj

Ballet Folklorico de Mexico

Ballet Preljocaj

Beijing Traditional Dance Company

Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company

Bolshoi Ballet

Boston Ballet

Cirque du Soleil

Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan

Complexions Contemporary Ballet Company

Crystal Pite & Kidd Pivot Frankfurt RM**

MSPAC is a community-based non profit arts organization that exists to educate and inspire the community through the arts. MSPAC provides a variety of programs to promote art education and appreciation; to create, produce, and present professional quality performances and exhibitions in dance, theatre, music, visual arts, film/video and other media; to nurture new artistic endeavors; and to cultivate an awareness of the arts through our outreach programs.

Few art forms are as exciting, inspiring and innovative as dance. Dance lives at the very heart of all cultures worldwide. Each culture has its own style of movement that expresses its history, tradition and philosophy. Dance is characterized by rhythms, patterns and gestures that communicate with the mind as well as with the body. It allows people to express their emotions through movement!

Dance is also synonymous with health in all its aspects: physical health (dance improves flexibility, coordination and balance); mental health (dance stimulates memory); emotional health (dance elevates mood); social well-being (dance is an excellent way to meet people).

Dance is a performing art form consisting of purposefully selected sequences of human movement. This movement has aesthetic and symbolic value, and is acknowledged as dance by performers and observers within a particular culture. Dance can be categorized and described by its choreography, by its repertoire of movements, or by its historical period or place of origin.

An important distinction is to be drawn between the contexts of theatrical and participatory dance, although these two categories are not always completely separate; both may have special functions, whether social, ceremonial, competitive, erotic, martial, or sacred/liturgical. Other forms of human movement are sometimes said to have a dance-like quality, including martial arts, gymnastics, cheerleading, figure skating, synchronised swimming and many other forms of athletics.


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