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Modernizing Dance

26 Jan

*Chapter 7 of Dancing: The Pleasure, Power, and Art of Movement by Gerald Jonas

The revolution of dance was not just about how the dancers move. It’s also about how the art form should be made and whom. Mostly in dance theaters, men were the ones who are on stage but women were the stars of ballet. Ballet was unique in one way but since society is male-dominant, change in the performers and how the art form should be catered to the people were still hard to resist. That brought the modernization of dance during the 19th century where it was endeavored by the public and women’s talents were not just watched but also idolized. Thus, ballerinas were well rewarded; they both had money and fame. They had no reasons to disengage themselves to the institutions that the society’s traditions had taught them. Women were now empowered to set up their own shop and proclaim their selves as artists. Ballerinas goal was self expression and that triggered the impetus in dance theater. There was freedom when it comes to expressing the dance.

Modernizing dance started when women created something that poets and artists took for granted: the intention to follow personal inspiration without catering to the taste of some private institution. This is what was known as Romanticism. A lot of  iconic women involved themselves in transforming dance from expensive entertainment into free self expression.

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