Synopsis by Rose of Sharon Winter
In this documentary, dance master Jacques d'Amboise explores the truth of the maxim "to dance is to live." Dance is the most direct and immediate of the arts, using the body itself as the form of expression. The film surveys some of the world's dancers, from Eastern mystics to a Russian performance troupe to American vaudevillians. Dance and its integral partner music have been used since the beginning of time to communicate the full range of human emotions. Ballet legend d'Amboise, who teaches children the joys of dance at his National Dance Institute, points out that babies have an impulse for rhythm, that humans are attuned to the music of the heartbeat and breath at birth. Dance is used to strengthen the body, to tell stories, to communicate with the spiritual world, and to express joy. Mr. d'Amboise helps the viewer rediscover this birthright of dance.
culture [social culture], dance [art], dance-troupe, expression, mysticism, rhythm, Russian [nationality], spirituality, vaudeville