This illustrated lecture goes back to the origins of dancing. It shows how the rhythmic nature of the universe has been adapted by man and beast alike. It reviews the:
Dances demonstrated include (depending on the length of the program that range from 1/2 hour to a full two-hour production):
- Communal dancing of primitive societies and its association with religion, magic, medicine, war or nature
- Chain or ring dancing, (where dancers join hands, found on rocks near Luxor, Egypt, from about 4,000 B.C.) that symbolizes the communal spirit and unity
- Pair dancing (where couples dance face to face)as a manifestation of spiritual ferver -- religious festivals, funeral rites, temples dances
- Secular dancing (pair dancing for the fun of it!) from the Bacchic or Dionysic dances of the ancient Greeks to break dancing of the 1990s.
- Latin dances: samba, mambo/salsa, cha-cha, merengue, etc.
Esther and Ben Performing|
the Tango at
Mohonk Mountain House
Target audience: General audience. People interested in social dancing, history, historical societies and historical sites, colleges, universities, cruise ships, etc.
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