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Dance Philosophy Paper

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Alius 1Chiloe AliusEdwin AustinDance 459March 18, 2013Dance: My PhilosophyIn the world today there are many different views and philosophies about dance. Debatesabout whether or not dance is an art form or simply a means of entertainment or exercise, rage allaround us. Although universally, most would agree that dance is, indeed, a wonderful form of keeping in shape, a fun recreational activity, and a great way to socialize with others, I believethat dance serves a deeper purpose.This belief has evolved and grown over time. In the beginning of my dance career at theyoung age of five, I did not recognize the deeper value or influence that dance played in my lifeor those around me. If someone had asked me then what my philosophy about dance was I very
well might have responded with something along the lines of, “Dance is moving to music. It isfun and helps me make friends.” However, now at the age of 17 and presented with the same
question, my answer is more profound and rooted in personal experiences, as well as influenced by different interactions with other dancers, my teachers, and professors.When I was younger, I danced because of the enjoyment it brought to me. As I matured, Idanced not only for my own pleasure and enjoyment, but because I knew that when I performedit made those watching, such as my family, happy as well. I grew even older and graduallymoved beyond the entertainment aspect of dance. I recognized different emotions that dance canevoke, and appreciate and love the feeling that dancing gives to me as well as the viewer. I havenow come to believe that dance is in fact a form of art that communicates with others accessing
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deeper emotions that words alone cannot express. Dance connects people’s spirits on a very
individual and emotional level.During the panel presentation by Chase and Katy, Chase said that when dance is viewedas an art form it gives a person an experience (Panel Presentation). Similarly, Chrystelle Bond
stated that art, in this case, dance, “does something
to you” (Bond 121). I completely agree with
these statements, in that dance is so powerful and can influence and affect people in many ways.I find that when I use dance as a means of expressing emotion and conveying a message, I feeland hope the audience feels emotionally drawn into the movement as well as the music, and findthe intent and significance of the dance.A personal example of having true intent on portraying a message was when Ichoreographed and performed a dance for my dance teacher. It was the last recital before she andher family would move to Arkansas. Ever since I was five, I had danced at her studio and after almost eleven years of my life being spent with her and her family my feelings for them ran deepinto my heart. I could not think of a better way to express my sincere gratitude, appreciation, andlove for her than by creating a dance, hence my belief that dance conveys messages that words
alone are not sufficient to describe. The song I chose to dance to was titled “Because You
Me” by Celine Dion. As I along with three other dancers created this dance, then surprised our 
teacher by performing it as the last number in our recital, emotions were definitely present, and I
 believe that everyone watching “had an experience.” My
mom, although her opinion may besomewhat biased, said that our dance was one of the most beautiful and touching dances she hadever seen. I believe something that made this dance so meaningful not only for us as the dancers, but even for those watching, was our intent. We invested every ounce of not only our energy, but
Alius 3true feelings as well into this dance and as a result the dance communicated and expressed our love for dance and our teacher.
Elder M. Russell Ballard stated that “inspired art teaches t
hings to the heart that the eyes
and ears never understand” (Ballard 1). Our form of art touched hearts that would not have
understood our love for dance or our teacher in a way that without it we would not have beenable to communicate. I love this humbling yet divine power.
This realization of dance’s emotional power is something that drives me to continue
dancing. I truly love the feeling that comes when I choreograph, practice, and perform. I believethat everyone involved in dance, not only the performer, but choreographer and director included, can take part in this power, and help bring an experience to a studio, stage, or anywhere else dance is witnessed. Dance is powerful. Now setting aside the more in-depth perspective of one of the reasons I enjoy dance somuch, let us discuss an aspect that generally everyone can relate to whether they have hadspecific dance training or not. Dance is fun, and offers a place for interaction with peers. In theFor the Strength of Youth pamphlet, even the First Presidency of our Church recognized that
dance “provides an opportunity to meet new people” (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day
Saints 21). As I stated earlier in my philosophy, I agree that dance is enjoyable and createswonderful openings for friendships to develop.Many of my closest friends are those whom I have associated with during dance class. I believe this is because everyone has the same intent on improving themselves and is willing tohelp build each other to the best of their ability. Also considering the amount of time dancersspend together in classes and rehearsals, increases their chances of building close ties with oneanother. Friends are a very important, and in my opinion, an essential part of this life and as such

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