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Dance

Dance (from Old French dancier, perhaps from Frankish) generally refers to human movement either used as a form of expression or presented in a social, spiritual or performance setting. Dance is also used to describe methods of non-verbal communication (see body language) between humans or animals (bee dance, mating dance), motion in inanimate objects ("the leaves danced in the wind"), and certain musical forms or genres.

Definitions of what constitutes dance are dependent on social, cultural, aesthetic artistic and moral constraints and range from functional movement (such as Folk dance) to codified, virtuoso techniques such as ballet. In sports, gymnastics, figure skating and synchronized swimming are dance disciplines while Martial arts 'kata' are often compared to dances.

Dance does not leave behind physical artifacts for immediate evidence. Thus, it is impossible to say with any certainty when dance became part of human culture. However, dance has certainly been an important part of ceremony, rituals, celebrations and entertainment since the birth of the earliest human civilizations. Many contemporary dance forms can be traced back to historical, traditional, ceremonial, and ethnic dances.

Although dance and music can be traced back to prehistoric times it is unclear which art form came first. However, as rhythm and sound are the result of movement, and music can inspire movement, the relationship between the two forms has probably always been symbiotic.

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Ballet Basics
by Sandra Noll Hammond
3rd from Mayfield Publishing Co.
for 11th-Adult
$3.20 (1 in stock)
Ballet Class - Coloring Book
Dover Coloring Books
by Caroline Denzler & John Green
from Dover Publications
for 2nd-6th grade
in Dover Coloring Books (Location: A01-DOV)
$4.24
Ballet-Student's Primer
by Kay Ambrose
from Alfred A. Knopf, Inc.
for 2nd-8th grade
$4.00 (1 in stock)
Child's Introduction to Ballet
by Laura Lee
from Black Dog & Leventhal
for Kindergarten-3rd grade
in Dance (Location: ART-03B)
$16.96
Dance Me a Story
by Jane Rosenberg
from Thames and Hudson
for 3rd-8th grade
in Dance (Location: ART-03B)
$14.00 (4 in stock)
Dancing for Fun - Book 1
by Mark Greathouse
from Great House of Music
in Dance (Location: ART-03B)
$14.41
Dancing for Fun - Book 2
by Mark Greathouse
from Great House of Music
in Dance (Location: ART-03B)
$19.51
Favorite Ballets - Coloring Book
Dover Coloring Books
by Brenda Sneathen Mattox
from Dover Publications
for 2nd-6th grade
in Dover Coloring Books (Location: A01-DOV)
$3.39
Glitter Ballerina Sticker Paper Doll - Activity Book
from Dover Publications
for Preschool-3rd grade
in Dover Little Activity Books (Location: A02-DLA)
$1.69
Sticker Dolly Dressing: Dancers
by Fiona Watt
from Usborne
for Kindergarten-3rd grade
in Usborne Sticker Books (Location: A01-01A)
$7.64
Sticker Dolly Dressing: Dream Jobs
by Fiona Watt
from Usborne
for Kindergarten-3rd grade
in Usborne Sticker Books (Location: A01-01A)
Usborne World of Ballet
by Judy Tatchell
Revised from Usborne
for 4th-6th grade
in Dance (Location: ART-03B)