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THE DANCE

A MUST SEE SHOW

 

Burn the Floor " So Hot " Would You Dance With Me? "

 

 

Burn the Floor " Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy " Sing Sing Sing "

 

BURN THE FLOOR VIDEO-BOOGIE WOOGIE BUGLER BOY

 

STREET DANCE 2010

VIDEO-STREET DANCE-LAST DANCE

 

EDEN CLARE'S ARTFUL POETRY

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"DANCE THE NIGHT AWAY"-

 

THE CHOREOGRAPHER

 

If you've ever watched a ballet or other dance performance, you have witnessed the work of a dance choreographer. Dance choreographers create original dances and develop new interpretations of existing dances. The works of choreographers highlight the extent of their love of and devotion to their particular styles of dance. Though not complete, the following list highlights some of the best dance choreographers of the past and present.

1. George Balanchine (1904-1983)

Regarded as the foremost contemporary choreographer in the world of ballet, George Balanchine served as the artistic director and primary choreographer of the New York City Ballet.

2. Paul Taylor (1930-present)

An American choreographer of the 20th century, Paul Taylor is considered by many to be the greatest living choreographer.

3. Bob Fosse (1927-1987)

One of the most influential men in jazz dance history, Bob Fosse created a unique dance style that is practiced in dance studios throughout the world.

4. Alvin Ailey (1931-1989)

Alvin Ailey was an African-American dancer and choreographer. He is remembered by many as a modern dance genius. His spiritual and gospel background, along with his desire to enlighten and entertain, formed the backbone of his unique choreography.

5. Katherine Dunham (1909-2006)

Katherine Dunham's dance company helped pave the way for future famous dance theatres. Often referred to as the "matriarch of black dance," she helped to establish black dance as an art form in America.

6. Agnes de Mille (1905-1993)

Agnes de Mille was an American dancer and choreographer. She contributed her amazing choreography to both 20th-century ballet and Broadway musical theater.

7. Shane Sparks (1974-present)

Hip-hop choreographer Shane Sparks is best known for his role as a judge and choreographer on the reality television dance competitions "So You Think You Can Dance" and "America's Best Dance Crew."

8. Martha Graham (1894-1991)

Through her choreography, Martha Graham pushed the art of dance to new limits. She founded the Martha Graham Dance Company, the oldest, most celebrated modern dance company in the world.

9. Twyla Tharp (1941-present)

"I had to become the greatest choreographer of my time. That was my mission, and that's what I set out to do."

ONE OF MY FAVORITE SCENES FROM A SHOW SHE CHOREOGRAPHED-

"MOVIN OUT"- VIDE

ONE OF MY FAVORITES

 

 

 

 

HUNGARIAN GYPSY DANCE-VIDEO


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 nonverbal communication 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 (the leaves danced in the wind).

Definitions of what constitutes dance are dependent on social, cultural, aesthetic, artistic and moral constraints and range from functional movement (such as folk dance) to virtuoso techniques such as ballet. Dance can be participatory, social or performed for an audience. It can also be ceremonial, competitive or erotic. Dance movements may be without significance in themselves, such as in ballet or European folk dance, or have a gestural vocabulary/symbolic system as in many Asian dances. Dance can embody or express ideas, emotions or tell a story.

Dancing has evolved many styles. Breakdancing and Krumping are related to the hip hop culture. African dance is interpretative. Ballet, Ballroom, Waltz, and Tango are classical styles of dance while Square and the Electric Slide are forms of step dances.

Every dance, no matter what style, has something in common. It not only involves flexibility and body movement, but also physics. If the proper physics is not taken into consideration, injuries may occur.

Choreography is the art of creating dances. The person who creates (i.e., choreographs) a dance is known as the choreographer.

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dance


FAMOUS DANCERS

Many exceptional dancers have graced dance floors with their talents. Movies and clips of these dancers show us the extent of their love of and devotion to their particular styles of dance. Though not complete, the following list highlights some of the best dancers of the past and present.

1. Anna Pavlova (1881-1931)

Flickr user Alexeitje A famous Russian ballet dancer, Anna Pavlova is best known for changing the ideals for ballet dancers, as she was small and thin, not the preferred body of a ballerina during her time. She is also credited for creating the modern pointe shoe.

    VIDEO-ANNA PAVLOVA- THE DYING SWAN

 

 

Mikhail BaryshnikovProminent Russians on RT.com Biography, photos, and morerussiapedia.rt.com

2. Mikhail Baryshnikov (1948-present)

Scott Wintrow / Getty Images Known as the best living male ballet dancer, Mikhail Baryshnikov is a famous Russian dancer. He has had roles in film, as he starred in the last season of Sex and the City.

   VIDEO MIKHAIL BARYSHNIKOV-DON QUIXOTE

 

3. Rudolf Nureyev (1938-1993)

Hulton Archive / Getty Images Russian ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev is often regarded as the greatest ballet dancer of the 1960s and 1970s.

Nureyev & Fonteyn Romeo&Juliet-VIDEO

 

4. Michael Jackson (1958-2009)

Frank Micelotta/Stringer / Getty Images Pop star of the 1980s, Michael Jackson wowed audiences with eye-popping dance moves, notably one called the "moonwalk." Michael displayed an amazing talent for rhythm and dance at a very young age.

Michael Jackson-Thriller-VIDEO

5. Sammy Davis, Jr, (1925-1990)

Patrick Riviere / Getty Images An American dancer, Sammy Davis, Jr. was an entertainer remembered mostly for his tap dancing ability. He began tap dancing at the age of four.

    VIDEO-SAMMY DAVIS JR.-MR. BO JANGLES

6. Martha Graham (1894-1991)

Evan Agostini / Getty Images Martha Graham was an American dancer and choreographer. She is known as the pioneer of modern dance. She dared to introduce new, modern dance moves to the world.

 

Errand into a MazeMARTHA GRAHAM-VIDEO

7. Fred Astaire (1899-1987)

Flickr user EmMe09 Fred Astaire was a famous American film and Broadway dancer. He is well-known for starring with Ginger Rogers in musical films.

Fred Astaire's famous ceiling dance-VIDEO

8. Gregory Hines (1946-2003)

Sebastian Artz / Getty Images Gregory Hines was an American dancer mostly known for his outstanding tap dancing abilities. He appeared in several dance movies, including White Nights and Tap.

   VIDEO-GREGORY HINES-WHITE NIGHTS

 

 

 

9. Gene Kelly (1912-1996)

Flickr user EmMe09 An American dancer, Gene Kelly is remembered for his highly energetic and athletic dancing style. He is well-known for his performance in Singin' in the Rain

.    VIDEO-GENE KELLY-SINGING IN THE RAIN

10. Patrick Swayze (1952-2009)

MJ Kim / Getty Images Patrick Swayze was a well-known American dancer and actor.

Patrick Swayze and his wife- This is so beautiful.-VIDEO

http://dance.about.com/od/famousdancers/tp/Famous-People-in-Dance.htm

 


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I CAN WATCH THIS OVER AND OVER-WHITE NIGHTS- MIKAIL BARYZNAKOV AND GREGORY HINES- PUTS A SMILE ON MY FACE

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GINGER ROGERS/FRED ASTAIRE- FRED ASTAIRE/GENE KELLY- DEBBIE REYNOLDS AND GENE KELLY- DONALD O'CONNOR/DEBBIE REYNOLDS/GENE KELLY AND THE LIST GOES ON.......

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DEBBIE REYNOLDS/DONALD O'CONNOR/GENE KELLY- SHE WAS ONLY 17.

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ROGERS AND ASTAIRE

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FRED ASTAIRE AND GENE KELLY-THE ORIGINAL PRANKSTERS (LOL)


BOB FOSSE- choreograpy

Smooth Criminal- FOSSE-VIDEO

  Pippin  GWEN VERNON-VIDEO

Whatever Lola Wants-DAMN YANKEES- GWEN VERNON-VIDEO

There are many excellent jazz dancers and choreographers of today that will be remembered for their contributions in years to come. These include:

 

  • Graciela Daniele
  • Lynne Taylor-Corbett
  • Kate Marshall
  • Susan Stroman
  • Barry Lather
  • Joe Lantieri
  • Joe Orlando

 

 

 

 


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