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Dance Art

About Dance Art: Dance is an art form that generally refers to movement of the body, usually rhythmic and to music, used as a form of expression , social interaction or presented in a spiritual or performance setting. Dance may also be regarded as a form of between humans, and is also performed by other animals ( bee dance , patterns of behaviour such as a mating dance). Gymnastics , figure skating and synchronized swimming are sports that incorporate dance, while martial arts kata are often compared to dances. Motion in ordinarily inanimate objects may also be described as dances.

Dance Forms

Odissi classical Indian dance originates as a devotional temple dance from the temples of East India and centered around the Jaganath temple at Puri, Orissa. Today this classical dance is performed before an audience on stage, but it’s origional function had a deep spiritual intention both in the performance and the life of the dancer. Dances such as Odissi were performed by devadasi throughout India within temple rituals. The dance served as an offering to the Gods as well as a means for devotees to connect to the divine through the dancers own invocation of God as she would portray various Gods / Goddesses in the dance. Odissi is recognized for it’s curvature and rounded movements. Tribungi, one of the main postures of Odissi, is named for its three angles created by the neck, torso and hip alternately angled. Layer upon layer of detail is added to this dance: complex footwork, torso movement, mudra (symbolic hand positions), movement of head and eyes as well as facial expression makes it one of the most technically challenging of the Indian classical dances. This beautiful dance has been passed from guru to student for thousands of years and takes years of dedication to master.

Kalbelia Dance Form – A Rajasthani Dance Form

From the desert region of India, Rajasthan, comes the snake charming dance of the Khalbelia ‘Gypsies’. Wild and sensuous, the skilled dancers accentuate subtle, snake-like movements. As they dance, they fall into rapid spins, whirling their large black skirts adorned with ribbons of color. Dancers are accompanied by percussion and a wind instrument called the ‘poongi’, also known as the ‘snake charming flute’. In recent history the Sapera dancers were hired by great kings and maharajas as well as dancing within their community. The Khalbelia are semi-nomadic, many living in loosely assembled shelters made of brush on the outskirts of towns. Due to their low status in the caste system, they are thought of as outcasts, often associated with squatters and thieves. The Khalbelia live much like they have for centuries.

Ghoomar – A Rajasthani Dance Form

Ghoomar dance is an elegant women’s dance done at times of celebration. It includes swaying movements, enhanced by the brightly colored veils and skirts flaring out as the women twirl in circles. This is an elegant circle dance with beautiful hand gestures and small hip movements. It can be performed as a solo or duet, but is generally thought to be more of a group dance.

Ghoomar is the dance of the Rajput caste. Rajasthan, until only recently, was divided into kingdoms ruled by Maharaja’s who lived in extravagant palaces. The Rajput caste is the royal warrior caste and included the Maharaja’s family. Traditionally the dance is performed only by the women of the Maharaja’s court at the festival of Gauri Puja. Gauri is another name for Parvati, Shiva’s wife- the Mother Goddess (*In Hindi = Ma or Mata)

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