Music, And Dance: The Importance Of Music And Music

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Making Connections ‘Music’ and ‘dance’, while simple words, hold a world of significance to almost every culture across the globe. It is through the actions of these two elements that people are brought together in times of triumph, grievance, celebrations, and religious gatherings. Music and dance have a way of making you forget the busyness and stresses of life and find happiness and serenity in the present day. And regardless, whether music and dance are performed for an audience or done in the comfort of a home, a multitude of individuals can partake in each activity. As pronounced, America dancer, Martha Graham, once said, “Dance is the hidden language of soul” ("Martha Graham Quotes…”). Music kindles that fire in the soul and allows …show more content…
“The boys would stand in a line and the girls would be in another line facing the boys. You would take steps forward, steps back…you would even sometimes meet the boy in the middle and spin with them” she said, emphasizing her last remark. Knowing the background and character of my grandma, her comment made me laugh. My grandma was brought up in San Fernando, California with a very religious Christian background. As a young girl she attended a strict Spanish Assembly of God Church which proclaimed it was not okay to go to school dances, wear dresses above the knees, go to the movies, etc. She told me those things were associated with the Catholic church, and they did not want to have any ties to that community growing up. In those aspects, that is why my grandma says her family was not a traditional Spanish family. They weren’t Catholic, and they didn’t have fiestas or quinceañeras. So when I asked my grandma what Las Chiapanecas mean her, it didn’t surprise me that she said the dance didn’t hold any real significance to her. However, she teasingly followed up by saying, “I’m sorry I don’t have a cool story to tell like, ‘My family would wake up every morning and practice Las Chiapanecas’” ("Jane Ortega: Heritage, Music, and Dance."). At least if she didn’t have a quinceañera, she had a good sense of …show more content…
What does this dance look like? This dance was traditionally a couple’s dance with a man and a woman). However, since there are various groups of local people, the dance has been modified from group to group (Ruling & Wilder 1. For example, Las Chiapanecas has now become predominantly a dance only done with females. This is the dance I will mostly be analyzing. Regardless, Las Chiapanecas is a folklore dance, or baile folklorico in Spanish. This means it is a “traditional dance form that is preserved by a group of people” (“Folklore”). Folk dancing also means the choreography uses circles and lines for the formation of the dancers, is relatively simple, and slightly repetitive. In this dance, the women waltz around and twirl in circles. While holding onto the end of their lengthy dress, they sway it right to left in a figure eight pattern. The females are very erect throughout the entire dance and do not make any fast, harsh movements. It is instead very elegant and fluid. They also will occasionally clap in unison with the music (Imagenyvideodigital). On the other hand, if it is a couples dance, the men line up across from the women and they take steps forward, together, and then backwards. The men will also sometimes twirl the ladies around. Both versions of the dance also have detailed foot choreography like that of a waltz (“Chiapanecas”). Overall, it is

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