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PHOTOS:






"The Star", 1878, by Edgar Degas, impressionist painter.
Edgar Degas was an impressionist artist who was very interested in dancers. This particular painting shows a dancer as the star of a ballet. The way the girl is the subject, but not quite in the center, the way she is poised, and the color contrast reminded me of "Dance in Life".
Submitted by Caitlin Barth.


The Star - Dancer on Point

from http://www.paintingall.com/edgar-degas-the-star-dancer-on-point.html
from http://www.paintingall.com/edgar-degas-the-star-dancer-on-point.html

This is one of Degas's famous dancer paintings. I think this one especially is reflected in Dance in Life because of the similar colors, such as the soft, warm oranges and cool blues. The position of the dancer on one foot with arms extended is also similar. In addition, the less defined, almost cloudy background relates to Degas's impressionist style of art.
Posted by: Henry Camp



VIDEO: Tchaikovsky's The Dance of the Sugar Plum


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QITJK8ExG-U&p=D3DFB2355817ED1E&playnext=1&index=31
"Tchaikovsky- The Nutcracker Suite - The Dance of the Sugar Plum"

When I first saw Dance In Life, I immediately thought of the Nutcracker, but particularly the Dance of the Sugar Plum and the song that accompanies it. The song has a soft and graceful tone which is similar to the tone of Dance In Life. Also, in this dance snow begins to fall which can parallel the flowers that are falling behind the dancer in Dance in Life.
Posted By: Emily Vogt



Definition of Dance

–verb (used without object)

1.to move one's feet or body, or both, rhythmically in a patternof steps, esp. to the accompaniment of music.2.to leap, skip, etc., as from excitement or emotion; movenimbly or quickly: to dance with joy.3.to bob up and down: The toy sailboats danced on the pond.–verb (used with object)4.to perform or take part in (a dance): to dance a waltz.5.to cause to dance: He danced her around the ballroom.6.to cause to be in a specified condition by dancing: Shedanced her way to stardom.–noun7.a successive group of rhythmical steps or bodily motions, orboth, usually executed to music.8.an act or round of dancing; set: May I have this dance?9.the art of dancing: to study dance.10.a social gathering or party for dancing; ball: Was he invitedto the dance?11.a piece of music suited in rhythm or style to a particular formof dancing: He liked the composer's country dances.12.Animal Behavior . a stylized pattern of movements performedby an animal, as a bird in courtship display, or an insect, as ahoneybee in indicating a source of nectar.13.the dance, ballet, interpretive dancing, and other dancing ofan artistic nature performed by professional dancers beforean audience.
Posted By: Emily Vogt

Musical Interpretation:

I HOPE YOU DANCE

by Lee Ann Womack

I hope you never lose your sense of wonder
You get your fill to eat
But always keep that hunger
May you never take one single breath for granted
God forbid love ever leave you empty handed
I hope you still feel small
When you stand by the ocean
Whenever one door closes, I hope one more opens
Promise me you'll give faith a fighting chance

And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance
I hope you dance
I hope you dance

I hope you never fear those mountains in the distance
Never settle for the path of least resistance
Living might mean taking chances
But they're worth taking
Lovin' might be a mistake
But it's worth making
Don't let some hell bent heart
Leave you bitter
When you come close to selling out
Reconsider
Give the heavens above
More than just a passing glance

And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance
I hope you dance
(Time is a real and constant motion always)
I hope you dance
(Rolling us along)
I hope you dance
(Tell me who)
I hope you dance
(Wants to look back on their youth and wonder)
(Where those years have gone)

I hope you still feel small
When you stand by the ocean
Whenever one door closes, I hope one more opens
Promise me you'll give faith a fighting chance

And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance
Dance
I hope you dance
I hope you dance
(Time is a real and constant motion always)
I hope you dance
(Rolling us along)
I hope you dance
(Tell me who)
(Wants to look back on their youth and wonder)
I hope you dance
(Where those years have gone)

(Tell me who)
I hope you dance
(Wants to look back on their youth and wonder)
(Where those years have gone)

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When analyzing Dance in Life, I first thought of this song, "I hope you dance." The artwork has a very fresh, youthful tone with the light color palette and sense of light, airy movement. I felt this related to the song that also has a very youthful, fun feel though it's sweet and reflective. Both pieces of art, musical and sculptural, deepen the theme of Imago, with its relation to a development in maturity and growth. The song has a timelessness to "dancing" for really whenever and wherever in life and the artwork seems to reflect this same idea of "dancing" in life, or enjoying its simplicity, thus the title.
Posted by: SALLY HUNT

Analysis

When I first viewed Dance in Life, I only saw the soft colors and beauty that the piece was about. After a careful analysis, I began to notice the flowers that seemed to float in the background which led me to find my interpretation of the work. I related this piece to the theme of Imago, through one of the multiple of definitions--Images of God. Through nature and life you can discover God and really connect with God in that way. I took away the fact that you can and should dance at any point, but also that when you do, you might find a little piece of God.
Posted by : Molly Leff


Well seeing as everybody is referencing the song "I Hope You Dance", I thought it might be a good idea to embed it. Video contains lyrics for convienience.
Uploaded by Steven Shen





This song illustrates how music can be an escape into your own world. In Dance in LIfe, your eye is drawn to the girl particularly because she is red, which contrasts with the blue background. The girl's separation from her surroundings shows that dancing has put her in her own world, or happy place.
Uploaded by William Want


Dance in Life made me immediately think of the scene from the Nutcracker, Waltz of the Flowers. In the art piece, the dancer's body is made from a flower, as is the background. The other flowers can represent other dancers on stage. However, the spotlight is on the one particular dancer, therefore, she is seen in greater detail. This is a link to the Waltz of the Flowers from the Mariinsky Ballet.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SZD_ZzubDxs
-Casey Davis

Little Ballerina

Little Ballerina, dance for me,
A delightful scene for anyone to see.
On your tiptoes ever so light,
You dance with magic through the night.
Across the floor you flow with ease,
Little Ballerina, dance for me, please.
I watch you glide with splendor and grace,
As a smile of innocense beams on your face.
Prancing about with magic in your feet,
A wonder to see like an angel so sweet.
Little Ballerina, dance with flair,
Swirling and turning through the air.
Hands moving with the music as you go,
A fantasy to see with a magical flow.
Dance upon dreams that play in your mind,
Upon the dance floor miracles to find.
Feet moving so graceful with ease,
Little Ballerina, dance for me, please.


When I first looked at Dance in Life, I thought that the dancer resembled a ballerina. This poem represents this picture by showing her dancing so graceful and magical. When I read this peom, I thought of this picture and how the ballerina looks angelic because of the soft colors used. To me, this poem best summarizes this picture of Dance in Life.
-Ashlyn Roberts

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Lyrics to Dance Dance Dance by Lykke Li

Having troubles telling how I feel
But I can dance, dance and dance
Couldn't possibly tell you how I mean
But I can dance, dance, dance
So when I trip on my feet
Look at the beat
The words are, written in the sand
When I'm shaking my hips
Look for the swing
The words are, written in the air
Dance
I was a dancer all along
Dance, dance, dance
Words can never make up for what you do
Easy conversations, there's no such thing
No I'm shy, shy, shy
My hips they lie 'cause in reality I'm shy, shy, shy
But when I trip on my feet
Look at the ground
The words are, written in the dust
When I'm shaking my hips
Look for the swing
The words are written in the air
Dance
I was a dancer all along
Dance, dance, dance
Words can never make up for what you do
Dance, dance, dance
Thanks to hej for these lyrics

To me, this song is very carefree. When I looked at this piece of artwork, I thought it looked carefree as well, like a girl was just dancing because she felt like it. The song and the artwork are very happy and lighthearted and they just enjoy life.

POSTED BY LOUISA HOPKINS



Quote

"To dance is to be out of yourself. Larger, more beautiful, more powerful. This is power, it is glory on earth and it is yours for the taking." ~Agnes De Mille

When I first look at Dance in Life my eyes are drawn to the dancer. She is so small, but she fills up the whole space. I feel like this quote sums up the work. It emphasizes the power of dancing, and your decision on how to be seen. You can see the gracefulness in the dancer, even though she is motionless. It gives her a sense of power and control and beauty. This doesn't necessarily come with dance, but anything you do with passion in life.
-Ana Lanier
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Ballerina Demonstration

Ballerina Demonstration Zhiwei Tu
When I first saw Dance on Life, it brought me back to when I did ballet as a little 5 year old. In retrospect, I really only think I did it because I wanted to get to wear a tu-tu but it was also something else. When we had recitals in front of our parents and friends, it begins as a nerve racking scuffle but turns into a proud, graceful, fluent dance that makes you feel like to most beautiful person in the world. That is what I see when I look at Dance in Life and I feel that Ballerina is just the oil pastel version of it. There are even girls in the background of the painting just like the flowers in the background of Dance in Life.
Posted By: Eliza Kassebaum

Imago, Cinderella, and Dance in Life




Cinderella by Steven Curtis Chapman

V1:
She spins and she sways, to whatever song plays
Without a care in the world,
And I'm sitting here wearing the weight of the world on my shoulders
It's been a long day and there's still work to do, she's pulling at me sayin' "dad, I need you,
There's a ball at the castle and I've been invited, and I need to practice my dancing"
Oh please, daddy please...

Chorus:
So I will dance with Cinderella
while she is here in my arms,
Cause I know something the prince never knew.
So I will dance with Cinderella
I don't wanna miss even one song.
Cause all too soon the clock will strike midnight.
And she'll be gone.

V2:
Well she says he's a nice guy and I'd be impressed.
She wants to know if I approve of the dress.
She says "dad, the prom is just one week away and I need to practice my dancin"
Oh please, daddy please...


Chorus

V3:
Well she came home today with a ring on her hand.
Just glowing and telling us all she had planned
She said "dad the wedding's still six months away but I need to practice my dancing"
Oh please, daddy please

Chorus


When I saw "Dance in Life", I immediately was reminded of the song "Cinderella" by Steven Curtis Chapman. One of the many definitions of imago is the many stages of a bugs life, and my interpretation of Ben Timpson's art show entitled Imago was the many stages in the life of a person. The song "Cinderella" goes through the major stages of a girl's life, and the piece "Dance in Life" represents a stage in a girl's life.