World Dance Day
The birthday of the creator of Modern Ballet Jean- Georges Noverre (1727 – 1810) is celebrated as World Dance Day!
The intention of the World Dance Day message is to celebrate dance, live in the universality of this art from all political, cultural and ethnic styles and bring people together under a common language – Dance!
Dance, as many forms you can think of, there are as many emotions attached to it, mostly that moment of honesty while performing. There’s just the true essence of music and your expression to justify it.
There are so many forms of regional dances because every local native has its own way of moving their body to express their emotions. So dancing to their tune and dancing with them is basically exchanging energy and feeling what they want to convey through their dance.
Unlike the movements performed in everyday living, dance movements are not directly related to work, travel, or survival. Dance may, of course, be made up of movements associated with these activities, as in the work dances common to many cultures, and it may even accompany such activities. Dance involves some extra qualities such as self-expression, aesthetic pleasure, and entertainment.
We all have come across various dance forms like Tango, Contemporary, Ballet, Freestyle, Bollywood dancing, Bharatnatyam, etc.
This time let’s know a little more about some lesser known dance forms –
1. Kekak Trance Dance
This Indonesian dance was originally performed in order to communicate with ancestral spirits.
A fascinating Brazilian dance along with martial arts.
This is a Cambodian dance form where they explain their Sagas that are etched on some parts of Angkor Wat.
This dance form expresses both the blessings and hardships of life, this was developed from the songs of Andalucia, Spain.
This is very similar to tap dance and is owned by Portuguese.
Kabuki is a classical Japanese dance form, a little dramatic too. Some of these artists adorn very heavy makeup.
This dance form has two people actually dancing and few more people holding bamboo sticks in their hands and moving it in coordination making those two dancers move accordingly.
8.Shaolin Monk Dance
Shaolin monk dance is a combination of their knowledge, discipline and martial arts form that has been there since about 1,500 years, that is as old as their tradition.
The name translates to Shadow, and this dance form is about enacting the Vedas and Puranas of India, where the dancers wear colorful costumes and wear masks.
Gotipua dance has been performed by boys for centuries in Orissa. These boys dress up as girls in order to pay their respects to Lord Krishna and Lord Jagannath. This folk dance originated in Raghurajpur, a village in Orissa. Perhaps the most fascinating part of this dance form is the ‘Bandha Nrutya’ – a dance that uses acrobatic figures and movements. The boys usually start to learn this dance form quite early because they need to execute acrobatic-like movements.
Dance is a powerful impulse, but the art of dance is that impulse channeled by skillful performers into something that becomes intensely expressive and that may delight spectators who feel no wish to dance themselves. These two concepts of the art of dance—dance as a powerful impulse and dance as a skilfully choreographed art practiced largely by a professional few—are the two most important connecting ideas running through any consideration of the subject. In dance, the connection between the two concepts is stronger than in some other arts, and neither can exist without the other.