What dance is it? Dance is an art form that expresses thoughts, emotions, spiritualism, and stories through graceful, rhythmic, and coordinated body movements, including steps, turns, vibrations, and other movements. The commonality between music and dance is actually rhythm, one of the core components of music, and pitch. In fact, only rhythmic dances are usually performed on percussion instruments, such as in some West African and Middle Eastern countries. However, most dances are also based on melody. Of course, this is natural. You will even notice that a baby eagerly jumps up and down after hearing a song. In essence, he dances in rhythm and melody.
Dance is actually very important for musicians. This is an auxiliary subject. Just as an actor does not study alone but studies all performing arts, including dance, musicians should also know the broader scope of his subject. In fact, some world-class composers even created a complete dance-based music, often referred to as a suite or independent sport. This was especially valuable after the Renaissance and Baroque periods, although it continued to this day. Examples of such dances include bourrée, minuet, jig, courante, sarabande, barcarole, mazurka, tarantella, bolera and waltz, to name a few.
Some forms of dance emphasize the control of a part of the body, such as the Irish pedal (leg), the Tahiti torso (buttocks) and the Bali Kecak (arm). In general, dance helps musicians learn to control their bodies better, which is also a way to master musical instruments. The stiffness will tend to disappear and people will become more relaxed and flexible so that they can easily move while performing his instrument. For example, some Persian and Armenian dances simulate the energy released by arms, wrists, and hands from certain postures. For the pianist, this is very valuable for mastery. Musicians, knowing dance, playing music that inspires dance, in turn motivates him to exercise. In turn, this becomes the driving force for more expressive games. In this way, dance and music compliment each other.
This interrelationship between music and dance is so profound that it is even one of the most sacred expressions of all expressions, ritualized in many religions, and even considered to be connected with the gods. One of the highest forms.
Author: Evelyn Simonian
© 2011. Evelyn Simonian