Day of The Dance Analytical Essay by Lane

Looks at the many faces and names relating to ballet, modern dance, jazz dance, world concert and folk dance.
# 152077 | 1,395 words | 7 sources | APA | 2012 | US
Published by on Dec 04, 2012 in Dance (General)

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This paper explains that ballet has been considered the "classical" or formal style of dance; whereas, the characteristics of modern dance over the years have been anti-balletic. Next, the author describes the improvisation and syncopation of jazz dance, which is similar to the lesser rules of world dance. The paper relates that folk dance grew out of the music and costuming of the people of specific regions.

Table of Content:
Modern Dance
World Concert
Folk Dance

From the Paper:

"The Syrtos and Tsamikos are two styles of Greek Folk dances still popular during festivals, theater baptisms, name day (all Saint's Day), but mostly during wedding celebrations. Greek Folk Dances are traced back in history and have many similarities to those shown in statutes and vases from the Byzantine period. The way modern Greeks perform the rituals during ceremonies is very similar to the way the statuettes and vases depict dancers holding hands, arms, and forming circles around the musicians. Today's Greek weddings still value the traditional Folk Dances of their ancestors.
"Ballet consists of highly stylized and perfected movements that are performed with great accuracy that uses perfect lines. Folk dance uses traditional music that is stylistically indefinable. Modern dance was developed as the revolt against stylized dancing like ballet. The dancers wanted to be able to use their own forms instead of what was taught. Though the dances are all somewhat different in their style, the have one thing in common. They all tell some kind of story and have a history that belongs with them."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Bedinghaus, T. (2012). What Is Modern Dance? Retrieved from
  • Encyclopaedia Britannica Online. (2007, October 19). Martha Graham. Retrieved from
  • Encyclopaedia Britannica Online. (2012, Feb 2). Merce Cunningham. Retrieved from
  • Faucher, F. (2012). What is Folk Dance? Retrieved from

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