Essay DANCE 101

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Lesson 1 Study Guide
1.1 Dancing: Chapter 1: The Power of Dance:
This chapter takes a broad look at the relationship between human movement, framed as dance, and important identities such as religion, ethnicity, gender, and social status. While not specifically focused on issues of identity in America, this chapter will provide an important foundation in understanding the broader scope of how dance can be seen as a representation of cultural values, which will underlie the remainder of our coursework.
1.1.1 Before starting this chapter it might be useful for you to write out your definition of dance. Let’s pretend for a moment that aliens landed on earth looking for intelligent life. Obviously they ended up at your apartment and
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How would you define culture?
 
At the Los Angeles Festival, groups from around the Pacific came to celebrate their culture “most brought dance because, for most, dance is at the heart of culture.”
“Culture is absolutely at the center of our lives, our history, our future, and the way we hold our communities together.”
1.2.2 Three different speakers offer examples of how dance represents culture:
1. According to the narrator, what issues of dance are also central issues of government and philosophy?
 
2. According to Mauvaka what purpose does traditional dance serve?
 
3. According to Mitoma how does dance allow us to know our own and other cultures?
 
Native American Dance
1.2.3 Form: How would you describe this dance? Choose at least five adjectives that illustrate the forms that you see.
 
Structure: How is the dance organized? Who dances with whom? How do they relate to each other and the audience?
 
Technique: How did the dancers learn this dance?
 
1.2.4 How have powwows been important in maintaining Native American cultures?
 
Hawaiian Dance
1.2.5 Form: How would you describe this dance? Choose at least five adjectives that illustrate the forms that you see.
 
Structure: How is the dance organized? Who dances with whom? How do they relate to each other and the audience?

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