The Power of Dance from Gerald JonasвЂ™ Dancing Edited by Dr. Kay Picart and Jessica LabbГ© Based on a presentation by Juan Baez Aims пЃ® To show that вЂњAll dance is charged with power.вЂќ (17) пЃ® To illustrates why dance is a powerful tool within a social context. пЃ® To illustrate why and how dance holds a unique and central power in various world cultures. пЃ® To learn about the history and personality of other cultures through the art of dancing. Discussion Question: пЃ® What role do you perceive dance playing in your society, if any? Key Theme: The Power of Dance пЃ® вЂњThe impulse to move is the raw material that culture shapes into evocative sequences of physical activity that we call danceвЂќ (12). Review Questions: пЃ® Why does Jonas refer to YeatsвЂ™ quote вЂњ How can we know the dancer from the danceвЂќ? (12) пЃ® What does this mean? Discussion Question: пЃ® How is JonasвЂ™ definition of dance similar and/or different from the previous articles we have discussed in class? Review Question: пЃ® What examples does Jonas use to illustrate the cultural impact of dance within Cambodian society? Discussion Question: пЃ® What other examples provided by Jonas illustrate the importance of dancers in Cambodia? From the Cambodian Dance Robom Pream http://www.netaxs.com/~tskramer/reptoire.html Review Question: Briefly describe what is unique about Cambodian Dance. Understanding Dance пЃ® Dance anthropology explores dance within its social and cultural context. пЃ® вЂњEncoded in form, technique, and structure of every dance are meanings and values of importance to the dancers and to those who share their view of the world.вЂќ (17) Review Question: пЃ® Name some rituals that have a dance-like element to them. пЃ® Discuss the role of dance in these rituals. Review Question: пЃ® Give examples of how descriptions of other cultureвЂ™s dances reveal imperialist frameworks. Discussion Question: пЃ® Is it possible for us to study another culture or society without projecting our own morals and beliefs on it? Review Question: пЃ® Explain the genesis and symbolisms embedded in ballet as a form of court entertainment. Discussion Question: пЃ® What are the implications of Western European Dance changing from participatory entertainment to visual entertainment? Review Question: пЃ® What is unique to Native American Dances such as the Snake Dance and Ghost Dance? Native American Fancy Dance http://library.thinkquest.org/3081/fancy.htm Review Question: пЃ® What are the main characteristics and functions of trance and spiritual communication in relation to dance? Review Question: пЃ® Why are the Pullavas outcasts within a society that deems them so important? пЃ® What purpose do they serve? Final Question: пЃ® As is the case with any mode of expression, do you think that dance can be a manipulative tool in/on a society? Why or why not?