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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
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
Something to think about...
- Is a dancer also a performer?
- What are the main characteristics of artistic dance?
- What are the chief functions that dance serves in society?
Books in the Senior Library
Thai Puppets and Khon Masks by
Call Number: 745.592
Elaborately, gilded masks worn by dancers performing in the popular Ramayana dance drama are an
Find out more by checking out these books from the Senior Library collection:
Call Number: 780
"Gamelan: The Traditional Sounds of Indonesia" provides an introduction to present-day Javanese, Balinese, Cirebonese, and Sundanese gamelan (gong chime orchestra) music through ethnic, social, cultural, and global perspectives. Deemphasizing potentially intimidating technical discussions of scales and models, this unique work focuses on the approaches to composing and playing gamelan music and how they relate to cultural and personal values.
Conditioning for Dance by
Call Number: 792.8
Even the best sense of rhythm, the most careful technical training, and the most astute dance intuition aren't enough to make a dancer truly excel; you also need focused strength, balance, and flexibility to execute the movements with power and grace. Conditioning for Dance improves your technique and performance in all dance forms by strengthening the body's core (abdominal and back muscles) while improving coordination, balance, and alignment and optimizing flexibility.
Call Number: 782.42166 (MUS)
'Everybody Dance' puts the rise and fall of Bernard Edwards and Nile Rodgers, the emblematic disco duo behind era-defining records "Le Freak", "Good Times," and "Lost In Music," at the heart of a changing landscape, taking in sociopolitical and cultural events such as the Civil Rights struggle, the Black Panthers, and the U.S. oil crisis. There are drugs, bankruptcy, uptight artists, fights, and Muppets but, most importantly, an in-depth appraisal of a group whose legacy remains hugely underrated.
Hip-Hop Dancing by
Call Number: 792.8
Hip-hop dancers show off cool moves. Read along as they rock and twist to the music.
Analyzing Performance by
Call Number: 791 (DRA)
Analyzing Performanceprovides conceptual tools for understanding a range of performance, including theater, dance, cinema, other audiovisual media, and mime. This richly illustrated book develops protocols for the analysis of performance at every level -- from the minute gestures and facial expressions of an actor to the social network in which theater is embedded -- and respects the importance of every aspect of performance, including actor, costume, space, time, music, and lighting.
Popular Dance by
Call Number: 793.3
Explore the world of dance from the Charleston to krump with this full-color resource. Popular Dance: From Ballroom to Hip-Hop takes readers on a journey through the trends and developments in popular dancing from European nobles during the Renaissance and early Baroque periods in Europe through 21st-century America.
Watch a movie!
Sometimes, you just need some recreation time to watch a DVD. Check these titles available in the Senior Library!
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
Performing Arts Encyclopedia
Explore music, theater, and dance at the Library of Congress.
CyberDance is an extensive internet dance database containing thousands of links to classical
ballet and modern dance resources on the Internet.
Here you will find information on everything to do with European dance from the 15th to early 17th centuries.
PBS: Free to Dance
DANCE IN AMERICA presents FREE TO DANCE a three-part documentary that chronicles the crucial role that African-American choreographers and dancers have played in the development of modern dance as an American art form.
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
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
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
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.
Professional Organisations & Associations