Dance, y’all!

Posted: December 3, 2012 in Uncategorized

Why walk when you can dance?!

Dance has certainly been an important part of ceremonies, rituals, celebrations and entertainment since before the birth of the earliest human civilizations. Archeology delivers traces of dance from prehistoric times such as the 9,000 year old Roch Shelters of Bhimbetka paintings in India and Egiptian tomb paintings depicting dancing figures from c. 3300 BC.

But this may surely be a boring thing for you to read, so i’ll proceed with some styles facts :

A significant part of my life used to be classical ballet dancing, so I’m gonna start with it and mainly with fun and interesting facts.

  • Ballet began 500 years ago in Italy as a form of court entertainment and later spread to the courts of France.
  • In the very early ballets, dancers wore masks and heavy costumes that were difficult to move in.
  • One tutu costs up to $2,000 to make. The same tutu requires 60-90 hours of labor and over 100 yards of ruffle.
  • Many ballet theaters have a small blue light mounted high on the back wall behind the audience. Its purpose is to give dancers something to “spot,” or focus on as they perform pirouettes and other difficult turning movements.
  • A male dancer lifts over 1-1/2 tons worth of ballerinas during performances. A three-hour ballet performance is roughly equivalent to two 90-minute soccer games back to back or running 18 miles.

A form of the ballet is the contemporary dance which is lyrical dance including ballet steps and movements with some jazz or hip hop elements. It’s very pretty and touching,  guaranteed pleasure while watching ..

After a 7 years of ballet dancing I discovered the hip hop style. Music, dancing, outfit, movies..all of it. So that became a significant part of my life.

Hip Hop is a subculture that originated from an African American community during the 1970s in New York City, specifically in Morris Heights, Bronx, then later has influence to Latin American communities. While the term is often used to refer to hip hop music, in its broader sense hip hop culture  is characterized by the four elements of rapping, DJing, breaking and graffiti.

Beatboxing, popularized by Doug E. Fresh,  is the technique of vocal percussion. It is primarily concerned with the art of creating beats or rhythms using the human mouth. The term beatboxing is derived from the mimicry of the first generation of drum machines, then known as beatboxes. As it is a way of creating hip hop music, it can be categorized under the production element of hip hop, though it does sometimes include a type of rapping intersected with the human-created beat.

Sometimes in movies the hip hop and the ballet dancing  are considered to have no relation to each other.  (Street Dance, 2010)

But the truth is that together they are a great combination of styles which always fascinates the audiences 🙂

The R&B style (also known as Rhythm and Blues)    is inspired by  jazz, blues,  gospel and soul music. It is mainly performed by Afro – Americans. I am a huge fan of Beyonce, Rihanna, Chris Brown, Alisha Keys, Usher and many  many others,  and their songs always drive me crazy when hearing them on TV, in the car, in the disco or wherever. It’s specific lyrical rhythm has been an inspiration for dancers and choreographers all over the world to create amazing choreographies for shows and films. And, believe me, they deserve….no, they  HAVE  to be seen…

More than a decade ago Dubstep appeared in London and totally blew world’s mind, including mine!! This style involves reggae, drum and bass, electro. One of my favorite styles which I can listen to all day long…. It  just has amazing and unique rhythm and effects. Some of the dubstep dancers are  popping dancers and “robot” dancers, also very attractive !!

Is your daily status:  dance machine?

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