evolution of dance
By Barry Gasson It would appear that in today’s world, there are many experts clamouring for their particular pet theory to be aired, and it appears that many scientific equations and principles are being explored and applied to the human body in an attempt to improve on nature
Arthur Murray’s Paper on History of Dances USA We would like to thank John Kimmins for submitting this…
By Fred Bijster Dancing (in any form) is the result of our cultural evolution, not of design. Hence the importance of historical and cultural knowledge in evaluations (judging). Hence the danger of treating dancers like machines and dancing like a result of a logical process.
In dancing judges have the final word and the main focus lies on the comparison of assessment and application of skills of the competitors on the day. Declaring the winner by use of the skating system (in principle a majority decision). The judges will place the dancers in order of merit, not assess the individual quality, but the order. What better way to do this than by seeing all these couples at the same time, under the same conditions?