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Music and Rhythm: Explore the Correlation Between Music and Dance

Learn more about why these two art forms are correlated and what are the common factors

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12 July 2018

Last updated on 24 October 2018
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Music and dance both are easily described as art forms acting as an outlet for expressing ones ideas, feelings, emotions, spiritualism through coordinated rhythmic body movements and consists of various steps, turns, shakes etc. The important thing common between music and dance is rhythm, which is the main element of music as well.

It’s also important to note that dances are also based on melody. This is a very natural aspect of dance as you often see even babies bouncing up and down to a song. They are dancing to rhythm and melody.

For a musician, it’s also very important to understand dance and its rhythm. The best analogy would be about how an actor has to study all aspect of film-making to understand the broader picture, the same a musician should understand various elements of rhythm and dance.

In fact, some world renowned musicians have composed sets of music based on dance, commonly known as independent movements. Few examples of such dance are minuet, jig, courante, sarabande, barcarole etc.

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Certain dance forms are performed utilizing one body part predominantly such as Irish step dancing (legs). Generally studying dance will help a musician gain better control and perform well on stage. Even while playing their preferred choice of instrument, due to their knowledge of dance, their stiffness will go away once on stage and handling their instruments.

A musician, who has studied dance, will play music that inspires dance and vice versa. This in turn will enhance the musician's playing and present it in a more expressive manner. Thus showing how music and dance are correlated in more than one ways.

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