ASIAN AND AFRICAN DANCE STYLES AND TECHNIQUES

Dancing, according to the English dictionary is a sequence of rhythmical steps or movement of the body in a pattern, usually to music or sound. We all love dancing as it is both fun, and acts of physical expression of art. If you want, make sure to bring your Featured Escort, DC Area Escort, and/or your Chicagoland Companion dancing, it’s a great way to start a date off.

In the African culture dancing is more than an art, it is a way of life. In fact, dancing is an integral part of daily living. It is a spontaneous release that translates everyday life experiences into movements. Dancing in the African culture can be done for various reasons, sometimes to demonstrate beliefs and express emotions such as the joy of birth or sorrow of death. Also, dancing can be used to perform rituals and is seen as a ceremonial rite of passage.

The African dance style is very complicated because unlike other dance traditions around the world, it is polycentric in that each body part tells its own story. The body of the dancer is not treated as a single central unit rather it is seen as divided into several parts or segmented areas of movement with each part or area being able to move to different rhythms within the music, creating individual expressions and meanings. Although the each area of the body of the dancer can make different movements yet these movements are in synchrony with each other, allowing for self-expression, innovation, and creativity. Also, other than self-expression the African dance can be used as a great work out exercise because the whole body of the dancer is involved.

African dance techniques combine walking, hopping, leaping, skipping, jumping and turns which balance the dancer at the most precarious angles with the ground, with a feeling of dynamic thrust and strength. Traditionally, African dancing is not done in isolation but usually, involves a group of people dancing together or a performer-audience setting. In essence, the African dance culture supports socialization and can be used as a tool to enhance human relationship and interaction because it does not discriminate rather it encourages participation from every one irrespective of race, body type, skin color, size, etc.

In Asia, dancing is a tool for expressing cultural, religious and traditional beliefs. The Asian continent is flooded with a rich variety and diversity of dance styles and techniques owing to the various ethnicities within the mainland. Like the African culture dancing to the Asian is inspired by everyday activities.

The styles employed in Asian dances involve the rhythmical movement of the body which has to be in tandem with the beat, rhythm of the music or sound being played and sometimes the occasion or event warranting the dance. Most of the dance styles and techniques are heavily influenced by religious beliefs such as Confucianism, Buddhism, and Hinduism, etc. Modern Asian dance styles include Fan Dance from Korea, Bharatanatyam Dance from India, Apsara from Cambodia, Khon from Thailand, Tinikling from the Philippines, Joget from Malaysia, Barongan from Indonesia, Dunhuang from China, Bon.

The Asian dance cultures are headed towards extinction on the global scene. UNESCO has realized this problem, and it has provided a special unit under the Intangible Cultural Heritage Program to revive and preserve this culture.

In conclusion, both the African and Asian cultures are profoundly influenced by dancing, and it is an art that forms the fabric of their cultures.