From Ancient Art to Modern Dance


The most ancient of humans have left evidence of their existence in exactly what can appropriately be referred to as art. An ancient art, through cave paintings, stone tools, rock and bone carvings, that, after this terrific period, can inform us of their delicate artistry, and reveal us their skill and abilities in illustrating their world in works of typically excellent visual appeal when translucent the eyes of modern artists.It appears that the human has a desire to produce a pictorial record, for whatever function we can just think ofit certainly there was a function. Their works have withstood and can be seen in the cave paintings of Lascaux, France and Altamira, Spain, believed to be more than 30,000 years of ages.

And a regular representation of the human type is discovered in the many sculpted figurines that have been uncovered, believed to be fertility signs, such as the popular 11-centimeter high sculpting now resting in Vienna's Nature Museum, called the Venus of Willendorf, that is more than 25,000 years of ages.Lots of comparable human images have been found, more than 90% of them being female, with most them showing the very same basic attributes, generally being overweight and pregnant. The earliest found to this day, sculpted from massive ivory is more than 40,000 years of ages.

And there is rock art dating from Neolithic times, some maybe as old as 10,000 years. The Tassili cliff paintings in the Sahara, reveal that the artists and individuals occupied a then wet and fertile area where just the deteriorated sandstones of the Sahara Desert exist to now attest. The Tassili art reveals an abundance of wild animals, big and little, from crocodiles to herds of livestock and they likewise reveal human activities such as searching and dancing.Scenes of dancing are likewise portrayed in carvings from ancient Babylon, typically called the cradle of civilization, and from Greece and from Egypt of Pharaonic times.

Like the urge to paint, and draw, there is likewise the urge, more prevalent possibly, to dance, to move the body to a balanced beat or tuneful noise. A simply human outside expression of sensations and feelings that can be carried out by young or old, male or female, by a singular individual or a group, from folk dancing to the choreographed motions of the ballet dancer. And some state they are "born to dance".

Echoes of the ancient past still exist in the tribal dances of Africa and Polynesia and the rain dances of native individuals of America. There are dances of the hunt or of thefight, or as fertility routines, and there are dances of event and pleasure of wedding events and birthdays and household occasions.

There are unique and sensual dances to delight and draw, the Asian dances of the Middle East and the remarkable Latin dances of regulated enthusiasm, the Tango maybe.

The impact and taste of each area of the world can be seen in its native and standard dances.

Whether an art kind or home entertainment, dancing has developed through numerous designs to become a popular modern activity, often accompanied by swinging melodic music as when it comes to ballroom dancing or often by a more energetic music, stressing a heavy drum beat, for disco, jazz-dance, rock-and-roll, hip-hop, and breakdancing.

The dances and ancient rhythms of Africa and the Middle East and the more just recently progressed music of Latin America have had a worldwide impact but can maybe best be seen in the melting pot that is American dance.