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ERIC Number: ED225734
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Apr
Reference Count: 0
History and Significance of the Hispanic Dance Expression.
Trujillo, Lorenzo A.
Dance has become a major force of expression among Hispanics in the United States serving the functions of ethnic unity, identity, and cultural expression. As a result, it is increasingly important to define and understand its development and history. This paper provides a universal definition of ethnic dance and a theoretical base upon which to define ethnicity and culture. Next, the genesis and development of an ethnic dance form are addressed, using the Mexican Folklorico Son and Jarabe dance forms as examples. This example leads to a synopsis of the state of the Hispanic Dance in the United States. Finally, the significance and value of ethnic dance are discussed. Several recommendations proposed to the Presidential Task Force on Hispanic American Arts are listed. Among these are that the National Endowment for the Arts should: sponsor informational regional workshops presenting the National Endowment for the Arts and its functions, grantmanship techniques, and contacts in Washington, D.C.; establish four regional offices in the Midwest, Southwest, Northeast, West, and Puerto Rico; establish open communication lines with major Hispanic arts organizations; and establish relevant and realistic criteria through which Hispanic arts organizations can receive grant funds. (NQA)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Folk Dance; Hispanic Arts
Note: Paper presented to the Presidential Task Force on Hispanic American Arts (San Antonio, TX, April 1979).