Lethbridge Daily Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 6, 1919, Lethbridge, Alberta
III -vi "Interpretive" Lxercise a Great Educator and Health. Siitnulani, Says r. Towns, Wealthy Promoter of Dancing.for the Young. YITS. F. T. Towne, Enthusiast in Oulilnor Dancing. An Ecstatic Moment in ;i Swirling Wood Dance. By Barbara Craydon DANCING seems destined lo play a ous part in our every diy anTidvi. Instead. of an idle, even frivolous, pastime the dnnc.: ;s being urged for its serious educational valuo. Mnny. of iU frit-mis sec in dancing n_ solution of many social and industrial problOr.iK. Afltr this horrors of war may dance'our back lo normal conditions of mind and bcdy. In the third yenr of the war a systematic effort., was made in England to relieve Ihe tension, especially among "TolJiiA-a, and a number of dancing instructors were brought from France for 1 lie. purpose. Cliisscs comprising sonic lu.OOO were instructed. v.-ith (fralifyjng results. An intcrcstinit uxpcrinicnt is being carried o.i near New York'to. interest large numbers of young girlvincluding many of those cnpagcd in wort, in the Jance5. The patroness of this movement, Mrd, F. T. Towns of StBmfonl, Connecticut, a of of f.ocinl posi- lion, has already caiTied the work fnr beyond the- 'jcperimentfll stage. .Many of the pirls are drawn from groat' induatrinl plants. In the winter months hnlls arc found for the ilr.nccrp, -A-lulf. in the summer the beautiful lawns of the Town- fslntc overlooking Long Island Sound arc often used for the purpose. -An ancient Greek doubtless feel very much at home in IhcEC graceful groups of dancers, and the lines .of [heir delicate Grecian draperies. Mra. Towne has planned ihe movezncnL aloim nrfltticul Iint3. "I nm Iryinp to give, .tnasc girl? equal opportunity with (heir more fortunate she explained Ihe other (toy. else could I do for tlieni vhich more- quick- 1 ly develop both Ihe mind nnd body and nwakcu in thtm the joy of life? To cxplriin my nioiivv let me tell you tlic experience which first sug- gested the work. Tmvno's JnspiraUpn "I chanced to paw n fashionahle dnncir.i; school one aldrmy winttr'a day. when beauti- fully appointed limousir.c with liveried and footman rlcove up. A niaid oligliled nftcr licr a lilllc very much ovcrdrasc-J, who WBS protcsiing violently. The maid nleoding witli tar that she vorn the nidat expen- sive dress in (own ami the dancing class therefore sure lo prove n dfdight.. ".Further down the sltc-cl. I f hanrcil upon .1 ;jroup, of working rapturously hi n window at'Eoinc dancing frocks. listened t-> of the of her fo-wear sucn anil 16 (I.incv, ruadajun my mind thai tVoac' working ihcir'limlled Kavo n cha.iw t.o daficc could it lo tlihni. -Thei'O snuch opposition, hut. clnss of about n was finfllly formed, nirt'linfr in a hnll, Tho bus; LnaUuctore obtninnblc hnvc bton secy rod to Icaca y. 'll: Above, a Famous Group of Outdoor Usncers Photographed in the San Francisco Fair Grounds. ;a [tie JjiniK OL a ir.ikc in One 01 the Umncciicut Summer bchoula. Two Phases of a DancePoemPhotograpberi Upder Uie Supervision of !Mrs- ;F. T. Towne. them. It is In'ho a chatSty. The girls pay a nominHl fee for each "There.is n very lo dancing. It has been happily dtsrribcdvby Jaques as rhythmic gymnastics, not merely a refinement of dancing such" as we see In society, but is far broader in its influence, a principle affecting every part of life. The Ideal Ex ere 1st "The question is always before educators and physicians, 'What is the best kind of exercise tu recommend to the great unexercised To walk, lo swim, lo play outdoor-gaines, lo hunt, all good in their way, but they, do not exer- cise the body 'equally and steady and train nerves. Rhythmicj systemic exercise, going ovcv the muscles each day, so all may do their part, with fresh flir and pare water _and peaceful sleep, person'not only the'needed physical, exercise, but dn-elops poise and personality vas well, which result is not obtained from ordinary exercise. "I want to emphasize' ;L most important ele- ment of exercise, namely, the slow movement: which develop balance and lead lo absolutely still positions, which are lo be held for from five tc; fifteen minutes with the body in relaxed condi- tion. To Require rhythm in exercise is to gain bodily beauty anil strengthen the mind. Th-. circle is completed when Ihe mind p.nd body rr.- brought into a complete co-urdinDtion so that thoy work together the muscles giving obedience, to the brain. Upon this bnsis CL rhythm and co-ordination of mind and body ar- constructed all the arts. "Plato snys that the whole life of man is JJOY- I'rncd by rhythm. It is rhythm that has given to the world the joys of art and the harmony of friendship. Unsteady time in music, a stagger- ing and twistinjr gait in walking, inability U- draw a straight line, indecision us to color, diffi- culty'in reading- sufficiently far ahead of Iht word being-.pronounced to pivc accent lo the sen- tenceT a colorless, unsupporterf voice in singing all ahovv ihti'untrained co-ordinalion. "Rhj-thm creates a ranid and regular of communication between brain nnd body. All nlcigtic work helps to overcome intellectual stag- nation. Rhylhm.ic exercise, based .upon re- sponse to music, is llic foundation of all interpre- tive dnncing1, in whicli the subconscious mini! find? expression anil produces original coninosi- tion will stand as Kcal Art. Health and Natural Conditions "Tnt dancer must possess fjooJ n Je- I'dopcd mind, a sure sense of rhythm nnd a per- fect co-ordinatiori between brain nnd body; thch do not need lights and drapings, rouge or powder or expensive staging. These latter only hinder art end cover incompleteness, but without the former we have not seen or known the ar; of tJn dnncer. "Personality and poise arc probably rr.ore de- sir6d by the world at large than any other quali- ties, nnrl these envied possessions (ire attained by those persons do iiot poss'esa them nnturally in one way only, and thnt is, by hard work and constant watchfulness, by concentration of Ihs forces and fncuUics. The perfecting of tha cells of whicti the body composed goes far, towartl the attainment of the desired result, and Ihe more perfect the cellular structure of the physical orgonifliri Ihe easier becomes the tusk of iScvcJopinu the mental faculties." Thus Mrs. Towne expresses nn enthusiasm tliat is illustrntcf1 In hajipy groups. The enlhusi- 'is typical of that lo be found in many cen- Irea bf tuitioh in interpretive dancing through- out the Connecticut.to.California.