is dance? Dance is an art form that expresses ideas, emotions, spirituality and stories through movement of graceful, rhythmic and coordinated body of steps, turns, shakes and other movements. Music and dance have in common really is the rhythm, one of the main components of the music, along with the tone. In fact, there may be only rhythm dance, usually performed on percussion instruments, as it is common in several countries in the Middle East and West Africa. However, most dances are also based on melody. This, of course, is very natural. Even you will notice a baby eagerly bounce up and down when they heard a song. He is, essentially, dancing to the rhythm and the melody.

dance is really important for a musician to know. It is a side issue. As actor studies do not act alone but studied the whole of performing arts, including dance, a musician must also know the more wide scope of his subject. Of made, even some of the composers more first class composite whole sets of music based on dance, usually known as suites or independent movements. This was especially prevalent after the Renaissance and Baroque periods, although it continues, even to this day. Examples of such dances include bourrée, minuet, template, courante, sarabande, barcarolle, Mazurka, tarantella, bowling alley and Waltz, to name a few.

some forms of dance emphasizing control of certain part of the body, such as the Irish dance (legs), the Tahitian tamure (HIPS) and the Balinese Kecak (arms). Dance generally help a musician learns to gain greater control over his body, which is something that I love and also playing an instrument. Rigidity will tend to disappear and one will be more relaxed and flexible to move easily to make his instrument. Some Persian dances and Armenians, for instance, simulate power of certain gestures with hands, wrists and arms. For a pianist, they say, it would be invaluable to the master. Musician, learn to dance, plays music that inspired the dance, which, in turn, it motivates the movement. This, in turn, becomes impulse to play more expressive. In this way, dance and music complement each other.

this interrelation between music and dance is so profound that it is one of the most sacred of all expressions, being ritualistic in many religions and even considered one of the highest forms of connection with a deity.

by Evelyn Simonian
© 2011. Simonian Evelyn


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