Reinventing them selves in the new era?


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When getting into the history of dance, certain aspects stand out. Right from the very beginning, dance was an absolute necessity for most Americans. Even though a particular class of people avoided dance and other cultural activities, actually dance was seen as a satisfying form of entertainment. Modern dance has undergone many changes and is now crossing national borders at a feverish pace. Literally speaking, this form of entertainment is now becoming an inseparable part of life itself.

The former American Indians followed unique dance forms that had wide differences from that being followed in recent times. Of course, those ancient people shared certain characteristics with their counterparts residing in other parts of the world. To quote the English Philosopher Havelock Ellis from the 'Dance of Life', "If we are indifferent to the art of dancing, we have failed to understand, not merely the supreme manifestation of physical life, but also the supreme symbol of spiritual life."

While the then American Indians could not separate dance from love, enmity, agriculture, hunting, fruitful endeavors, and even with birth and burial, for the modern Americans, dance is increasingly being seen as the only option to unwind and refresh oneself. All dance forms have a unique charm that helped it to set it apart and generate a fan following.

What is so interesting about the modern dance forms is its assimilative character. With the arrival of people from different cultures into the United States, there is a big change in the cultural scene. Dance Schools in NYC are much influenced by the fusion of cultures from across the world and now offer a varied fare for people with any taste or preference.

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