By Margaret N. H'Doubler, Mary Alice Brennan
A landmark e-book in dance schooling is now again in print, its message as legitimate this present day because it was once greater than fifty years in the past
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Gradually the medieval synthesis had to give way in its turn to a new order and a new thought. As in the other civilizations, the ways of the medieval world endured only as long as conditions 17 Copyrighted Material DANCE: A CREATIVE ART EXPERIENCE remained favorable for them, or as long as they satisfied men's needs. Many historical events conspired to break down this culture. New continents were discovered; new outlets for human energy arose; autocracy was challenged by the first revolutionary movements toward democracy; authority broke down under the challenge of criticism and science; the Reformation purged religion of its cramping absolutism; serfs became free workers.
Man's horizon is infinitely larger, but the abundant life is still a mirage. These so-called higher standards have not yet been sufficiently realized in the betterment of humanity or in the educational and artistic aspects of living. Instead, we are overcommercial, overeager for riches. This is understandable. Our early days were spent in pioneering, in clearing forests, in acquiring homes, in establishing law and order, and in developing American principles of education and government-the first essentials.
This attitude was new. Primitive dancing had always possessed a central place in the religious life of all primitive and ancient races. The records of sacred meetings show that until the medieval 13 Copyrighted Material DANCE: A CREATIVE ART EXPERIENCE period dancing had always been essential in vital religions; nor did the early Christians frown upon dancing. It was only when the early and simple teachings of Christ were distorted into a fanatical asceticism that dance, along with all the natural, healthy pleasures of man, fell into disfavor.