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We'll build our house (SEASAC Arts Fesival 2014): Dance

A guide to resources supporting the SEASAC Arts Festival at Tanglin Trust School, 20-23 February 2014

Dance

On this page you will find information on:

  • Festival Highlights - Water Dance
  • Festival Highlights - Vertical Dancers
  • Construction of Dance
  • Deconstruction of Dance
  • Reclamation of Dance

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Did you know?

Why do people dance?
There are 4 aspects of why people dance; mainly for religious, social, recreational and artistic reasons.

Kinds of dances

Ballet Folk dancing   Square dancing  
Ballroom dancing   Fox trot   Tango  
Bolero   Minuet   Tarantella  
Cotillion   Rumba   Waltz  
Flamenco  

Something to think about...

  1. Is a dancer also a performer?
  2. What are the main characteristics of artistic dance?
  3. What are the chief functions that dance serves in society?

Books in the Senior Library

Find out more by checking out these books from the Senior Library collection:

Watch a movie!

Sometimes, you just need some recreation time to watch a DVD.  Check these titles available in the Senior Library!

 

Online Articles

Reading articles can be a great way to find up-to-date information on a topic.  Use the following databases to find online articles and other research materials on dance.

You could access dance related articles from:

  • JStor (One-stop database for online journal and books)
  • Ebsco (Scholarly research and industry news database)

If you need help on how to locate/search for books & journals, visit this LibGuide.  

Otherwise, feel free to contact one of our Librarians!

General Dance Websites

Images of Dances

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(Source: Under Common Creative - Flickr)
 

What is Dance?

 

Dance is the movement of the human body in a rhythmic way.  Dance serves many functions in human society.  It is an art form, a social activity, a type of communication, and a form of recreation.  People can dance by themselves, in couples, or in large groups.  The dance can be spontaneous or performed in established movements.  It can tell a story, explore an emotion, or serve as a form of self-expression.

(Defination from World Book ed. 2005)

(Source: Larry Lamsa - Flickr)

Festival Highlights: Water Dance

The videos below are highly related to the SEASAC Arts Festival 2014.  You are encouraged to watch them.

Festival Highlights: Vertical Dancers

Bandaloop are a spectacular vertical dance troupe who dance on all kinds of tall, vertical structures - including skyscrapers, theatres, museums and bridges.

Find out more about Bandaloop - the vertical dance company.

CONSTRUCTION of a Dance

Construction
kənˈstrəkSHən/
noun
1. The
 action of building something, typically a large structure.

2. The way in which something is built or put together.

Now watch the clips below and learn on how to start your own dance routine.  Follow these simple routines and dance your way to parties and dance clubs.  Happy dancing!

DECONSTRUCTION of a Dance

Deconstruction
ˌdēkənˈstrəkSHən/
noun

1. A method of critical analysis of philosophical and literary language that emphasizes the internal workings of language and conceptual systems, the relational quality of meaning, and the assumptions implicit in forms of expression.

Watch the clips below and start analysing the various genre of dance.

RECLAMATION of a Dance

Reclamation
(rĕk′lə-mā′shən)
noun
1. The act or process of reclaiming.
2. A restoration, as to productivity, usefulness, or morality.

Click on the clips below and start watching the ways of reclaiming dance.