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I am wondering what constitutes "great" dance. Can ballet and modern dance be seen as the two highest dance forms?
Great dance like any great art form should transcend the narrow scope of time and place. Thus far the two dance forms that have managed to do that are classical ballet and modern dance. Different cultures around the world have felt a connectedness to this way of moving and have embraced them.
Ballet was influenced and evolved within the highest European traditions. Modern dance, evolved as a rection to it. A very democratic beginning (may I add) for modern dance. This form of dance is revolutionary from its inception and continues to incorporate and integrate movement from many parts of the world. No other dance form has the ability to be so all inclusive and speak to so many different people.
<small>[ 24 March 2004, 07:08 AM: Message edited by: Stuart Sweeney ]</small>