Dance Is used as an effective way of expressing Ideas or telling a story while allowing the dancers to express emotions in a performance setting. Dance is a fascinating form of art, with thousands of dance productions that are shown annually worldwide from various schools and locations. It Is continuously broadcasted and featured throughout the media, giving it a broad variety of audience. With its growing popularity, it is a very effective way to express opinions and make a social comment in contemporary Australian society.
Social media is an incredibly powerful tool when it comes to publicizing information quickly and adequately to a substantial group of audience. There are a several number of dance productions that have been broadcasted and shared on the media, gaining both public attention and awareness, reaching the vast majority of people. Dance Moms Is an American TV show which features a group of 7 dancers who travel week to week to compete In dance competitions all over America. It has quickly risen to fame, reaching over 2 million views world wide and Is quickly becoming one of the cost watched shows in several countries.
On the 4th episode of the second season, the group performs a piece entitled, “No One Likes a Bully which highlights the effects of bullying. The piece is considered potent as it raises awareness on bullying, a serious conflict throughout the world. Similar to this, a high school located in Darwin was featured in a segment on the BBC News for one of their school productions, ‘Brave’ – a powerful student dance production that tackles bullying. The segment, headlined as ‘Anti Bullying Dance Production Packs a Punch’, was broadcasted wrought the nation on March 2013.
According to the BBC News website, the performance served as an encouragement for young people to take responsibility for their actions and think twice before following a crowd. The topic of refugees Is also a serious yet understated conflict that Is occurring not only In Australia, but also In other countries. With the success of TV shows and news reports, the use of media to present dance would be capable of raising awareness about refugees to a large audience. Thousands of dance productions are showcased every year, ranging from amateur to repressions.
Although the outcome in the audience number will vary greatly between each show, the majority of the productions often have a large audience. The Chamber Dance Company are among the thousands of dance schools that organism, choreograph and perform a production for an annual showcase. The group was founded In 1990 with the main focus of speaking to the audience through dance, stating on their website, “Dance and dissent may seem worlds apart, but when they intersect the results can be powerful”. It is often found that there is a boundary of such as topics in regards to refugees.
With dance, the way of expressing thoughts, opinions and comments are endless and have no boundaries. Betsy Cooper, the dance program director says, “Dance is a medium that is as potent for social commentary as the spoken and written word. ” Similarly the New Dance Group, a dance group formed in 1932, also showcases dance productions that focus on social issues. The Dance Heritage website states, “the New Dance Group made social issues and human injustices the motivators for their work. ” The dance group often used dance as a way to inform people of current conflict and affairs that were taking place.
The website stating, “The arts were to serve society as informers of injustice and provide a forum for open presentation of social concerns. ” Using dance to tell a story would prove to be successful as dance has no limits nor boundaries. A dance production focusing solely on the topic of refugees would undoubtedly give the audience a whole new outlook on the conflict and allow the audience to leave the theatre with a different mindset. Dance workshops and programs occur around the world mostly serving as a form of exercise, past time or Just for fun. However, one dance program in particular exists or an entirely different reason.
The Taking Action Against Racism program began with its focus on one aim: To combat racism at both individual and institutional levels. The dance allows children to be able to express and reflect on their opinions and past experiences with racism. According to The Youth Program website, “The dance workshop that is provided teaches dancing to kids as a way to express a unique voice that speaks from their own ethnic and racial experiences as well as provide kids with the opportunity to learn specific dance techniques and music as a Achaeans for releasing negative experiences”.
This program is helpful to society as it allows young children to be involved in an issue that is deemed as mature by society. Beginning a program with a similar aim to The Taking Action Against Racism program, but instead having it’s a focus on tackling the issue of refugees, would be beneficial to refugee victims in that it allows the victims to use dance as a way to express their emotions and help cope with the trauma that resulted from their past experiences. Dance is an understated form of art that is rapidly gaining popularity in recent years.
It has the ability to effectively be used as a medium to make a social comment in contemporary Australian society. It is continuously broadcasted on TV shows, News reports with thousands of dance productions shown annually and an endless amount of dance programs that are available to the public. The possibilities of stories, opinions and emotions that can be incorporated in a dance are endless and have no limits, therefore making dance a helpful tool in spreading awareness and prompting a large group of audience to take action in regards to the serious conflict revolving refugees.