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What is Character Dance exactly?
By pointshoe16 Comments: 175, member since Fri Apr 13, 2012
On Thu Jun 28, 2012 04:57 PM

I looked at the sticky, but that didn't really help, so can someone give me a little clearer view on what exactly character dance is?????

2 Replies to What is Character Dance exactly?

re: What is Character Dance exactly?
By hummingbird Comments: 10419, member since Mon Apr 18, 2005
On Fri Jun 29, 2012 12:30 AM
If you go and watch any of the great classical ballets you'll be watching a character dance at least once in all of them. In Swan Lake there are the princesses who have come to see if Prince Siegfried will marry them. They and their attendants dance national dances like a Czardas, from Hungary and a Neapolitan, from Naples in Italy. These are character dances.

When you're learning character, this is what you're learning how to do.
re: What is Character Dance exactly?
By greenpumpkinmember has saluted, click to view salute photos Comments: 2214, member since Thu Dec 20, 2007
On Fri Jun 29, 2012 06:13 AM
Character dance is rich people slumming it like simple folks for a wealthy audience. Which is of course different from the actual folk dances being emulated on the ballet stage.