Art, Music and Dance

“Before a child talks, they sing.

Before they write, they draw.

As soon as they stand, they dance.

ART is fundamental to human expression”

Phylicia Rashad

 

Art, music and dance are all forms of expressions, they are food to the soul and bring peace to the mind. Art soothes the eyes, music soothes the ears, and dance soothes the body. They are all expressing a certain feeling, a scenario and a mood that lets you live the moment.

Art is not limited to dance or music. In, fact, most things around can probably be called art in some form or another. Everything from the meaningless patterns that we doodle on a pieces of paper, to fully directed and practiced stage performances, are all art. Art makes up most of our lives and gives meaning to every lifeless thing around us. That is the beauty of art. Art, music and dance are forces of expression. They are everywhere in our lives. Without these, our lives would be nothing but falling leaves.

Art and music shine a light of meaning on ordinary life, and through them we are able to confront the things that trouble us and to find consolation and peace in their presence. – Roger Scruton

Art is not bound by rules, but it is the picture created out of an artist’s imagination and expression. It represents a story and a feeling that the artist wants to deliver, it can be of rage or love, or even a bit of both. Art is simple yet bold, and it is controversial yet soothing, it doesn’t have to lie upon certain criteria, it only has to deliver a meaning. Every picture holds an expression to deliver and every artist has the skill to paint his/her thoughts on a canvas (or to express them via any other medium of choice). Art was present in ancient times, is still meaningful, and has contributed a lot to develop the history of cultures and countries the world over. Similarly, artists today are painting expressions that many choose to overlook, they are using their art to raise their voice against injustice. While some are also using their art to express their love to their beloved. “Art evokes the suburb of our experiences, emotions, and longings; it transcendence beyond personal preference. Art is vulnerability. Art is intimacy. Art is mystery. Art is indefinite. Art evokes the truth.” ― Efrat Cybulkiewicz

Dance dates back to the times when there was no written language. It was used to transfer stories to generations through performances. Dance needs music to set the mood, drop the beat, and create the motivation needed to start moving. Dance is a very strong display of emotion and a vehicle of expression. It displays different moods, communicates a story and lets you connect with yourself and others. Every move has a meaning to display and all these meanings come together to express a feeling. For instance, slow and steady body movements may convey sadness, grief or melancholy whereas fast, sharp, and fiery body movements could represent excitement, strength and joy. Dancing is the loftiest, the most moving, the most beautiful of the arts, because it is no mere translation or abstraction from life; it is life itself. – Havelock Ellis

Music can change how a person feels within minutes, and it is also the driving factor of dance. All through history, music has been used to express movement, stress, human characteristics and moods, identity, attractiveness, religious faith, and social circumstances. Music has that ability to make us feel a certain way, which is why it also plays such an immense role in dance. Different styles of music create various types of beats, which all correspond to a specific dance style, and each dancing style expresses an emotion that evokes feelings and sensations. Music enables an ability of divine expression transcending any words. – Temi Peters

Dance and music go hand in hand, one is incomplete without the other. When sad, anxious, depressed, angry or disappointed, people tend to listen to music which pushes them to move their body into whatever moves best express their feelings. Whatever they perform and the music that plays, combined make up art that would soothe peoples’ eyes. And that’s not it, art, music and dance have their roles in how people tend to relax, feel the burden drop off their shoulders and find themselves in a positive space. The impact created is beyond what can be put into words.

 

“It is a law of nature and spirit that we dance.

It is a good law”.

Keith A. Roberts    5/22/2009

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