A Study On Evolution Of Dance

1399 Words Dec 9th, 2015 6 Pages
Jordan Laughlin
December 5, 2015
Honors- Final Paper
Dr. O’Leary
Evolution Of Dance “People dance because dance can change things. One move can bring people together. One move can make you believe like there’s something more. One move can set a whole generation free.”- Adam Sevani Over the generations, the style and interpretation of dance has changed tremendously. Dance is greatly influenced by societal or cultural issues or advancement. Choreographers express their feelings through dance just as a painter would express his/her feelings through their paintings. Dance is one of the most signifying forms of communication known to man. Researchers have discovered indications of dance that played a large role in the Native Americans before the discovery of America. Dance was often used in religious ceremonies as well as other rituals. Native Americans used to dance in relation to prayer for healing or giving thanks. One dance the Native Americans established was called the “Fancy Dance”. This dance is a very upbeat and athletic dance that symbolizes new life. It was often performed in the springtime. The Indians would wear bright costumes along with headgear and props (instruments, fire, etc.) This dance sustained importance throughout history into The Depression where women often performed it. Women likely used this dance as an expression of optimism in which they were hopeful in surviving their hardships and starting a new life. The “Fancy Dance” is still performed to…
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