Expository Essay On Dance

"I Love Dance" Essay Contest

Congratulations to the Winners of our
"I Love Dance" Essay Contest

Students submitted essays during the month of February about why they love to dance, how dance and BAC has influenced their lives, and how dance makes them feel.  Winners were chosen by a panel of BAC faculty and staff. 

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Upper School Winners:

First Prize:
A $100.00 scholarship towards tuition at BAC
Michelle Zhang - Age 14
Second Prize: A $50.00 Gift Certificate to Patterson's Back Bay Dancewear
Angelica Maloney - Age 12
Lower School Winners:
First Prize:
A $100.00 scholarship towards tuition at BAC
Madeleine Blandy - Age 9
Second Prize: A $50.00 Gift Certificate to Patterson's Back Bay Dancewear
Lily Swilling - Age 6
Congratulations to our Winners!
Thank you to all who participated!  Everyone did such a great job that we had a hard time picking the winners.  We loved reading about all the reasons you love to dance!  Here are some of our other favorite excerpts:

" . . . Dance has always been my passion.  Maybe it's the control of the dancer's body to execute each move flawlessly that intrigues me?  Or it could be the smile on the dancer's face that says they're loving what they are doing?  Either way I absolutely love dancing.  It brings such joy and happiness to so many people, both the person dancing and the people watching . . ." - Sydney, Age 12
" . . . BAC has influenced my life in a ton of different ways.  It has just made my life more exciting.  All of the teachers are so nice to us.  I have been coming here since I was three years old and I've enjoyed every moment of it.  I don't think I've ever had a bad day at BAC! . . . " - Brenna, Age 11
" . . . I love Jazz the best.  Jazz is very upbeat and fun.  You are straight and sassy and always moving around.  My second favorite is Ballet.  Ballet is as graceful as a swan. It is delicate and soft. Ballet is very mellow and pretty.  It is like a floating leaf dancing in the wind . . . " - Leila, Age 9
" . . Dancing is one of my biggest passions.  When I dance, it's like everything clears from my mind and I'm in a totally different world, especially with modern.  A lot of people think dance is really easy.  But I bet if you took one of my friends that do lots of sports into a modern or ballet class, they would have a very difficult time.  Being a dancer, you have to reach deep inside and find a very different person in yourself, and express that person.  That's a very hard thing to do and to discover about yourself . . . " - Taylor, Age 12
" . . . I love to do gallops.  Dance makes me feel happy and excited! . . " - Lucy, Age 3
" . . . I love dance for many reasons.  One reason is that it makes me twinkle and happy inside.  I love learning a new step because it's fun and hard, and that's what I like about dance . . . " - Emily, Age 8
 " . . . BAC has made my life more full and meaningful.  BAC has helped me to become a better dancer so that I can express myself better through movement.  BAC has influenced my life by helping me grow as a dancer and as a young woman.  Dance catches my heart and sets it twirling . . . " - Natalie, Age 14
" . . . Sometimes, after a class, your muscles feel sore.  I love that feeling! It tells you you've accomplished something, it tells you you've worked hard . . . " - Sophie, Age 11
" . . . It was one day in the Spring of 2012 when it hit me.  It was like a little bug or something bit me;   I was addicted.  Dance makes me feel a certain way I can't explain.  Like I'm on the top of the world, flying.  I can express all of my emotions through movement, and that alone is incredible.  Whenever I feel stressed, sad, or just angry, I listen to my favorite song and just, dance . . . " - Beaujena, Age 13
" . . . BAC is beautiful, lovely, awesome, active, nice, great, cool, creative, and loving!  The Ballet Arts Centre rocks! . . . "                - Chloe, Age 6
" . . . I love to dance and it is my passion to one day become a principle dancer, and it starts at BAC.  My life revolves around dance.  It feels like I do dance every day, and I like it.  The reason why I wanted to do dance is because I wanted to try something and go out of the box, and I think I made the right choice . . . " - Tea, Age 11
" . . . At BAC, every week I learn something new.  And when I hear the music come on I feel like a star rising.  From what BAC taught me, I feel like an awesome dancer, and the teachers are so nice - when I come in they always have a smile on their faces . . . " - Fiona, Age 8
" . . . Dancing makes me feel happy.  Every once in a while I like to do a little twirl.  When you dance, you express your feelings out lively.  Dancing can tell stories.  Just using your body can tell a story without using any words.  That's why dancing is still blooming in the world, continuing to share stories all over the globe . . . " - Sydney, Age 10
" . . . Dance is a symphony that is heard from movement and not sound
Dance simply slowly lifts you off the ground into another world
There are too many types to explain
But surely I will keep coming each year again and again
The voice of each step is unique and special to each and every dancer who has ever laid foot in a studio at BAC . . . "
- Eva, Age 9

History Of Dance


The history of dance is vast, beginning from the time it was used as a way to communicate and carry out rituals, then evolving to a type of artistic expression and eventually becoming a source of entertainment as well. An interesting aspect of dance history is seen in centuries eleven to seventeen when a strange kind of epidemic spread across Europe like wildfire, which caused the affected people to start dancing wildly in the streets. Women would howl, weep, people would scream and want to be flung up into the air, and there would be a general sense of absolute chaos.

Dancing Mania

The epidemic came to be known as the “dancing mania”, a term adopted when a group of people danced so enthusiastically on a bridge in Germany that it ended up collapsing. In Italy it was also known as “tarantism”, since it was believed that the people had been bitten by the tarantula spider, and its poison was what made them hysterical. Although it petered out around the seventeenth century, a few more cases were seen in southern Italy recently in the mid to late twentieth century. Taking place almost always during July and August, the hottest summer months, it would start with the people feeling a sting like that of a bee. They would immediately get immensely excited and run off in hysterics to the market or elsewhere. Although it was claimed at the time that these actions were due to the bite of the tarantula spider, no solid proof was found of this fact. It was also true that most participants denied being bitten by a spider or any other insect, and also participated in the episodes at certain times only.

Modern Reasoning

A theory relating to the cause of tarantism that makes much more sense points out that these episodes took place most frequently during periods of crisis such social turmoil, crop failures, droughts, and sickness. This leads us to believe that the stress caused by this kind of disruption led to hysterical episodes during which people vented out their frustrations and let themselves go. Many symptoms seen in dancing mania are actually consistent with minimal sleep, excessive intake of alcohol, and extreme physical activity.

It is quite clear, however, that the dancing mania was not as wildly spontaneous as some records say. It had clear religious and ritualistic features to it which tell us that rather than being solely rooted in stress-induced hysterics, it probably had a strong connection with tradition as well.

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