III. a. Maya Angelou was an avid writer, speaker, activist and teacher. As a result of the many hardships that she suffered while growing up as a poor black woman in the south she has used her own experiences as the subject matter of her written work. In doing this she effectively shows how she was able to overcome her personal obstacles. Her autobiography “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (1970) tells the story of her life and how she overcame and moved forward triumphantly in spite of her circumstances.
Thesis: Australia’s perception of dance is determined by societies cultural values which also influence individual values Hook: Dancing in Australia has until recent times been seen as a famine sport with male participation being frowned upon. By breaking down Figueroa’s frame work we are able to see how the influences in society affects ‘dancers’ in their sport. History of dance: Australian dance has been influences including the traditions and history of dance as an art form, as well as the different cultures and trends in society. Australian dance is an important part of Indigenous Australians' cultural traditions.
Meli’sa’ thesis provided supportive research regarding the history and successful dance therapy interventions for working with African American male youth. As an African American, I think it is important to provide other dance therapist information for working with African American and educate them about our culture.
Martha Graham, born on May 11,1894 in Allegheny, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and died on April 1, 1991 in New York City, NY, was an American dancer and choreographer. Martha was heavily influenced by her father, George Graham. Her father was a doctor that specialized in nervous disorders. Dr. George Graham felt and believed that the body could express its inner senses. That idea fascinated Martha.
The story of Misty Copeland has always interested me in many ways. I may not be an African American but the thought of her not being extremely skinny and still making her way up to principal dancer for the American Ballet Theatre has encouraged me to accept my body the way it is and just dance from the heart. She has shown the world what it’s like to follow your own path no matter what road you take to get there. “Dancing Toward Diversity”, talks about Copeland in a very positive way. She’s been given so many opportunities to make dancers aware of the problems with diversity in ballet, even so far as the American Ballet Theatre creating scholarships for kids of color to help pay for them to attend their summer intensives.
Billie Holiday is one of the most influential jazz singers of her time. Her attitude, determination and most of all her music inspired artists throughout time and inspired major social change. Throughout her lifetime she explored the world of jazz, her identity, and how far the limits of her talent would take her. She exchanged her poor life, full of drugs and scandal for a life of performing the arts and showcasing her talents and abilities. Her incredible determination led her to do what she loved regardless of what anyone thought , which led to her inciting major social exchange; moving black suffering into white consciousness.
shaping the artistic contributions of the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s. Unlike other notable black poets of the period, Hughes refused to differentiate between his personal experience and the common experience of black America. He wanted to tell the stories of his people in ways that reflected their actual culture, including both their suffering, love of music, laughter, and language itself (Ham). Along with literary works, the music of the Harlem Renaissance appealed to a wide audience and marked a proliferation of African-American cultural influence. No aspect of the Harlem Renaissance shaped America and the entire world as much as jazz.
Many people living the United States of America frown upon the occupation of being an exotic dancer and find it difficult understanding a dancers perspective of being in this occupational subculture. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, an estimated “400,000…strippers [are] employed by US strip clubs”, and a reported, “$125,000… Average yearly earnings for a stripper” (“Strip Club Statistics”). Everyone has their own personal opinion and values on what it is to be an honest hard working citizen in society.
After the I World War the crisis existed in each sphere of people’s lives, from economics to culture. Declination which came to the societies of all the countries, which took part in the war, had to be removed. People needed inspiration and comfort, they needed hope and positive emotions to be able to cope with all the destructions the war had brought. In USA the process of renewing began with great migration of African American from dilapidated South to industrial and developed North, “in cities such as Chicago; Washington, D.C.; and New York City, the recently migrated sought found (to some degree) new opportunities, both economic and artistic” (Poets 2004).
The topic I am choosing for my research paper is The Analysis of the Visual Arts and Poetry of the Harlem Renaissance. The Harlem Renaissance was a period of time that burst with expression from the African American community originating in New York and later influencing the whole country. During this time, the goal of African Americans was to show the white community that they were just as civilized and innovative as them. They showed their capabilities in many ways-dancing, art, music, literature, and more. Two of the most influential ways of expression were by poetry and the visual arts.