Dance Through History: Dance During The Stone Age

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Module Essay #1 In the book, Dancing Through History, dance is presented as an complex art form that served and continually serves a variety of purposes throughout history. Despite the different purposes of dances, all occasions have the same theoretical objectives: “infuse the art of dance with new life; make it possible for dance to express new ideas; and arouse the interest of easily bored Western audiences” (pp. xi). The book details dance in forms of ritual, world dance forms and court dance forms. During the Stone Age, dance existed as a ritual element as it was a feature of every significant occasion and event critical to tribal functions. Rituals with dance elements ranged from praising gods to fertility ceremonies to promote new
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