| #1 (permalink) Wed Jan 06, 2010 20:27 pm How important is dance to a culture?
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How important is dance to a culture?
Dance, in my opinion, is one of the most significant parts of a culture, as it describes successfully enough the main characteristics of a nation, although it is unacceptable to put little signs on nations (like aggressive, friendly, etc.). Most of the traditional dances have been formed and developed through the centuries so that they actually reflect a nation's culture.
So every dance, we can say, is a short description of a tradition of a nation. For example, in Georgia there are many traditional dances that describe different things, like a war scene, a fight for a woman's heart or a wedding. Watching these dances we actually witness moments of regular people's everyday lives. The action that takes place and the story that narrates a dance is not the only source of information about the individual nation. The music that accompanies the dance, the traditional suits that the dance performers wear, the specific moves, the dancers' number (a group or a solo), even the expressions on the dancers' faces can clearly show the nation's cultural travel through the history.
Next, I will refer to another interaction of dance and the culture. Exactly like in the case of individual and society interaction -- the individuals form the society, the society forms the individual-- culture also can be affected by the dance. Living in the era of globalization, we can observe how a traditional dance like Salsa, or a new kind of dance like Free Style become popular in the whole world. Those dances, newly introduced in a country play a significant role in the lives of younger generations, thus become part of the county's culture.
To conclude, I strongly believe that dance exists and serves not only as a culture bearer, but also as a culture creator.
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