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The Art of Dance

The Art of Dance

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When we think of Dance we think of body movement accompanied by rhythm and music.  This form of expression whether spiritual in nature, done in social settings, performances in theaters  or more recently, in many gyms to enhance exercise,   is shared by all cultures. One may even argue that it is inherent in the human genetic code as far back as a prehistoric mating display.

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Styles of dancing vary, often by geographic region and individual culture.  African dance, for example, can be interpretative or shamanic.    Many contemporary dance forms can be traced back to historical templates: traditional, ceremonial, competitive or ethnic in origin. The movements may vary. They may be abstract and interpretive or have a gestural vocabulary or symbolic meaning as in some Asian dances. Ballroom, ballet, tango and classical dance have usually been the choice of industrial societies. Traditional Folk, tap dance or Square dances are the favorites of country dwellers, while the electric slide, step and break dance have usually been found on metropolitan streets.

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Belly Dance

Belly Dance by the Orient Dance Co. of Toronto

The Orient Dance Company of Toronto performs at the International Stage at CNE in 2011. Their objective is to share and nurture the growth of the Chinese Dance culture, and to promote its exchange with other dance cultures throughout Canada. This minority dance, like a belly dance,  is performed to Turkish music.

Click here to see the video: http://youtu.be/XzDdvGzWf1Q

Orient Dance Company- Water Dance

Orient Dance Company- Water Dance

The Orient Dance Co.

The Orient Dance Company from Toronto delighted audiences at the International Stage at the CNE, this year. I particularly liked the Water Dance. Click on this link to see them perform: http://youtu.be/kKVfo00NwqM