Anna Pavlova was born on January 31, 1881, in St. Petersburg, Russia. Even though her mother, Lyubov Feodorovna, was on a budget she showered her daughter in the beauty of the arts, listening to beautiful music and taking her to see ballets. Since Anna was as young as eight years old she knew she wanted to be on the stage dancing. She wanted to be like the ballerinas she saw at Maryinsky’s Theatre dancing in The Sleeping Beauty.
When Anna was ten she was accepted as a student at St. Petersburg’s Imperial Ballet School. This ballet school was a very intense school that required major physical dedication. Teachers gave her the foundation of ballet, but Anna added her grace and beauty to her talent to make her an unforgettable dancer. She danced with bent arms and legs, and bad turnout, much like the ballerinas of the Romanic Ballet era. Anna turned out to not be known for her ballet etiquette but for her dance performances.
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People see dance in movies, on TV, and all over. What is dance really? Here’s a little video of what dance is!
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I am someone who loves dance obviously, but some people watch different shows on TV and they see a negative dramatize side of dance and they believe that’s all that is. Dance moms for example, Abby Lee the dance studio owner is not only hard on the girls, but she is mean to the mothers. Continue reading
In India dance is a huge part of their religion. Their gods symbolize dancing as a religious expression. One of India’s gods named Shiva is all about dance. He is the god of creation and destruction but he is also known as the lord of dance. In one hand he holds a drum, symbolizing the sound of creation and in the other hand is a flame, symbolizing destruction and renewal. But he is not the only god in the India tradition that symbolizes dance, there is also Vishnu. As you can see, India is big on religious dancing, their gods even represent expressing dance through their beliefs.
Not only does dance intertwine with India’s gods, but dancing is a way of worship. The Indian and West African cultures use dance to communicate and worship the gods. The generations pass down old folk dances they have used as worship from generation to generation until the dances themselves become part of the religion. In India they not only have gods that represent dance, but they also have a way of worship so they all can dance with and for the gods.