Dance: Art and Culture

By: Ariel Gruver

With an increasing amount of media coverage through television and music it is no surprise that people cannot resist incorporating dance into their lives. A dancer, a choreographer, or just a critic at home watching reality dance shows; people all around the country, old and young, have found something they love about the art.

It’s an unfortunate assumption to think that dance is merely what can be seen in a club, or even on popular television for that matter. Though these facets do present a popular sub-culture, they cannot stand alone as a fair representation of dance. I will be exploring many styles, cultures, and techniques that can better define dance as a performing art. I will regularly refer to the following sources:

Eugene Salsa

Oregon Ballet Academy

Island Arts

The first three links are dance academies in Eugene, Oregon. These sites provide a glimpse into the local dance scene as well as a great source for references and discussion topics.

Dance Magazine

This is a very useful publication to reference for anything related to dance. The magazine provides information on dance forms, news, history, academies, and events.

Dance References

This is a thorough reference list of schools, studios, colleges, universities, companies, teachers, dancers, and choreographers across the country.

Dance Styles

This provides definitions and descriptions of various styles of dance.

Associated Content

This references  blog and article topics on the art form from current issues to developing trends. It will be a constructive reference for story ideas.

Local News: Eugene, Oregon

This news article describes a local event that incorporates dance for a greater cause. It is a perfect place for discussion topics and story ideas as well as a contrasting viewpoint to consider.

About agruver

I grew up in Portland, Oregon where I attended high school, and began writing for the school newspaper. I enrolled at Portland State University right after graduation and spent two years beginning my college career and saving for the move. After two long years of working overtime hours and attending night classes I packed up all my belongings and moved to Eugene Oregon to begin studying in the School of Journalism at the University of Oregon. Now, I'm working on a major in journalism and public relations, with a BA minor, just for fun. I want to absorb as much as I can while attending the university, not only to make the most of my college education but to be prepared with as many skills as I can possibly acquire in order to be confident when facing an uncertain job market following graduation!
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