28 April 2014
A choreographer is an important role in many careers throughout history. Their goals are to perfect and create a routine best suited for the dancer’s ability. The choreographer’s job is to tell a story and project images and emotions using a series of rhythmic movement. “Choreography is also used to arrange ice skating, cheerleading, synchronized swimming, and a variety of other performance arts”(Mcmahon1). Choreographers work with multiple or all various styles of dancing such as classical, ballroom dancing, and contemporary ballet. Choreographers teach their students how to move to music more artistically; therefore it is best that a choreographer has a background in dancing or other kind of visual art. One of the best ways to learn how to choreograph and teach others is through schooling and experience.
Dancing has been around for centuries. It all started with ritualistic, symbolic dances in the early tribal societies. Early tribes used these dancers to tell stories, old folks tales, and were used to worship or communicate to their gods. An example of these types of dances is called a rain dance to worship a certain. “ The dance designed to excite the emotions, such as the war dance; the dance purporting to communicate with the gods, such as the rain dance.” (Fegurson1). Many would gather to worship and dance to their rain god, believing this would bring water and prosperity to their land. These types of dancing later evolve into dancing in the renaissance era in the 17th and century and modern day era. Ballet, another form of dance, was originally created in Italy and France in the 15th centuries. Dance during this time was used for celebration. Therefore early Italian ballet choreographers combined many different ways to form these routines, such as poetry, song and scenery. These types of performances would last for hours or even days. By the end of the 17th century of France the form of ballet dance become international, however ballet was not an actual professional until the beginning of the 18th century. As ballet grew, choreographers and dancers start to develop new ideas and with this type of dancing. “One famous ballet choreographer by the name of Jean Dauberval made a ballet called the French La Fille Mal Gardee which is still performed today”(Ferguson2). A Ballerina in the 17th century invented newly pointework (position of balance on extreme tip of toe)(Duignan2). This was all originated in the Renaissance Era:
“During the Renaissance, dance masters in Italy, such as Domenico da Piacenza, taught social dances at court and probably began to invent new ones or arrange variants of known dances, thus combining a creative function with their educational ones. Staged ballet employed the same steps and movements as social dance and differed from it principally in floor arrangement and visual projection.”(Duignan1) A type of dance still used and taught today is...