By Margaret N. H'Doubler, Mary Alice Brennan
A landmark ebook in dance schooling is now again in print, its message as legitimate this day because it was once greater than fifty years in the past
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Another interesting feature of the Renaissance spirit was that art became less and less a group activity and more and more the creative product of individual artists. Private studios became the laboratories of technical experimentation where artists were free to develop their own new techniques of artistic expression and to throw off traditional conventions. Such was the cultural background that developed and nourished the conventional court dances and ballet of Renaissance Europe. With the improvement of musical instruments in the seventeenth century, music entered into an instrumental era.
For after all, any art form is modern in its time. Dance today is the contemporary .. XXXll Copyrighted Material INTRODUCTION phase of dance in its development toward greater universality. In dance, movement as tht medium evokes feeling states; it does not release them. It is true that in an emotional reaction the muscle tensions, resulting in bodily movement, are the medium of release resulting in expressive behavior revealing the emotional nature. But this is not dance as art. Art creates the image; it does not reproduce reality.
These so-called higher standards have not yet been sufficiently realized in the betterment of humanity or in the educational and artistic aspects of living. Instead, we are overcommercial, overeager for riches. This is understandable. Our early days were spent in pioneering, in clearing forests, in acquiring homes, in establishing law and order, and in developing American principles of education and government-the first essentials. These first necessities demanded all that men had of stamina in body and spirit.