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Dance Lab: Approaches and Practice

Language: English Studies in English
Subject area: arts
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Dance is a performing art form consisting of purposefully selected sequences of human movement. This movement has aesthetic and symbolic value, and is acknowledged as dance by performers and observers within a particular culture. Dance can be categorized and described by its choreography, by its repertoire of movements, or by its historical period or place of origin.
This dance of death which sounds so musically
Was sure intended for the corpse de ballet.
Anonymous, On the Danse Macabre of Saint-Saëns.
Where dance is, there is the devil.
John Chrysostom Homily on Matt.48.3
He who esteems the Virginia reel
A bait to draw saints from their spiritual weal,
And regards the quadrille as a far greater knavery
Than crushing His African children with slavery,
Since all who take part in a waltz or cotillon
Are mounted for hell on the devil's own pillion,
Who, as every true orthodox Christian well knows,
Approaches the heart through the door of the toes.
James Russell Lowell, Fable for Critics (1848), line 492.
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