Concert dance (also known as performance dance or theatre dance in the
United Kingdom) is dance performed for an audience. It is frequently
performed in a theatre setting, though this is not a requirement, and
it is usually choreographed and performed to set music.
By contrast, social dance and participation dance may be performed
without an audience and, typically, these dance forms are neither
choreographed nor danced to set music, though there are exceptions.
For example, some ceremonial dances and baroque dances blend concert
dance with participation dance by having participants assume the role
of performer or audience at different moments.
Concert dance forms
2 Theatre dance in the United Kingdom
3 See also
Concert dance forms
Many dance styles are principally performed in a concert dance
context, including these:
Ballet originated as courtroom dance in Italy, then flourished in
France and Russia before spreading across Europe and abroad. Over
time, it became an academic discipline taught in schools and
institutions. Amateur and professional troupes formed, bringing ballet
from the courts to the theater and making it one of the most widely
performed concert dance styles today.
Acrobatic dance emerged in the United States and Canada in the early
1900s as one of the types of acts performed in vaudeville. Acro dance
has evolved significantly since then, with dance movements now founded
in ballet technique. From its inception, acro dance has been a concert
Classical Indian dance
Classical Indian dance originated in temples in India. After the
Indian independence movement
Indian independence movement (1947 to 1950), dance became a university
subject, dance schools appeared for the first time, and classical
Indian dance became a concert dance form performed in theaters.
Classical Persian dance was elevated to an art form during the Qajar
dynasty (1795 to 1925). It was performed in the royal court of the
Shah and it remained there and among the elite and bourgeois families
until the 20th century. Since then, it has evolved into its modern-day
form and become a widely performed concert dance style.
Hip hop dance
Theatre dance in the United Kingdom
In the United Kingdom, theatre dance is a common term used to indicate
a range of performance dance disciplines, and widely used in reference
to the teaching of dance. The UK has a number of dance training and
examination boards, with the majority having a
separate branch dedicated to theatre dance, with codified syllabi in
each technique. Many dance teachers and schools worldwide, prepare
their pupils for dance examinations and qualifications with a UK-based
organisation, with notable examples including the Royal Academy of
Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing
Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing and the
Dance Teachers Association. All UK theatre dance
organisations are consistent in offering classical ballet, tap and
modern or jazz as their core theatre branch subjects.
Many also offer 'theatre craft' or 'stage dance', which is devised to
reflect the choreography seen in musical theatre.
20th century concert dance
List of dance style categories
Adams, D.(1999) Making the Connection: A Comparison of
Dance in the
Concert Versus Worship Setting. Sharing NYC. ISBN 0-941500-51-9
Carter, A. (1998) The Routledge
Dance Studies Reader. Routledge.
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