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Performing arts

Performing arts

Performing arts are the forms of art which differ from the plastic arts. The performing arts typically include theatre/drama, music, and dance, this branch of art uses the artist's own body, face and presence as a medium.

Types of performing arts

Performing arts comprehend diverse arts as: comedy, dance, music, opera, and film, theatre and circus arts. The Artist who practices these arts are called performers, including actors, comedians, dancers, musicians, and singers.
The most important performing arts are:


Music as an academic discipline principally centers on two careers.
  • Music performance, focused on the orchestra and the concert hall; and
  • Music education, training music teachers.
Students learn to play different instruments, but also study music theory, musicology, history of music and composition. In the liberal arts tradition, music is also used to widen abilities of non-musicians by teaching abilities such as concentration and listening.

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Other area of the performing arts is the Theatre or Theater (Greek "theatron"). Theater concerned with acting out stories in front of a spectators using combinations of speech, gesture, music, dance, sound and spectacle - including any one or more elements of the other performing arts.


Dance (from Old French dancier, maybe from Frankish) usually refers to human movement, usually rhythmic and to music, used as a form of expression or offered in a social, spiritual or performance setting. It appears natural for people to express themselves through rhythmic movement.  Dance can be participatory, social or performed for an audience. It can also be ceremonial, competitive or erotic.

Dance is a form of non-verbal communication between humans or animals (bee dance, patterns of conduct such as a mating dance), movement in inanimate objects (the leaves danced in the wind).

Dancing is both an art form and a form of recreation. Dance can personify or express ideas, set a mood, emotions or tell a story. Some dances consist on gestures vocabulary/symbolic system as in many Asian dances. As recreation, dance may be without meaning in itself, such as in ballet or European folk dance; dancing has long been a people's source of fun, relaxation, and companionship. In earlier times, ballroom dances gave families a welcome chance to meet people. Today dancing at a party or other meeting remains a popular way for people to enjoy themselves and to make new friends.

The Dance Programs at the Universities seeks to prepare students in both the technical and theoretical aspects of dance; providing a complete training in performance, choreography, and theory, embracing the abundant theoretical, historical, and interdisciplinary resources; with the overall aim of development creative expression.