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the use of skill and imagination in the creation of aesthetic objects, environments, or experiences that can be shared with


Art is a collaboration between God and the artist, and the less the artist does the better.
Andre Gide (1869 - 1951)

Art is the desire of a man to express himself, to record the reactions of his personality to the world he lives in.
Amy Lowell (1874 - 1925)

An Artists Perception
Art is eternal and interpretive. A single definition is hard to grasp. Through several essential aspects, however, we can define what art is not. Art can be defined by acknowledging what it excludes.

The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.
Aristotle (384 BC - 322 BC)

Art does not exist only to entertain, but also to challenge one to think, to provoke, even to disturb, in a constant search for truth.
Barbra Streisand (1942 - )

Without art the crudeness of reality would make the world unbearable.
George Bernard Shaw (1856 - 1950), Back to

Methuselah, 1921

In art there are no final answers, there are only questions that lead to new ways of understanding. Katherine Kuh, critic

In practicing and viewing it moves us beyond ourselves. Thats why we do artit enriches and allows us to experience the world in a refined wayit helps us understand more about the human condition.
Pat Debenham

Movement goes beyond, expresses grief and emotion in a way we connect toDance is not something we manufacture but something that has always been there.
Michelle Nielson

If a story is there that can reach out and touch you, if you make a connection, you can receive an immediate answer to your own story.
Kathleen Sheffield

It is so expressive in nature it has technique but expresses something we are feeling.

Kalise Child

Dance should be a pure art that sends a pure message. [An art form] more powerful because it awakens the human body existence.
Michelle Nielson

When we move beyond our current state and we feel something different about the takes a moment in time, opens space around it, touches our spirits, it reaches us. It moves inside to understand something new, an arrested moment in time that lets me know Im different than before.
Pat Debenham

An experience that can happen through the reflection of something.

Kathleen Sheffield

Its an experience that is personal to each individual. It does something psychologically and physiologically.
Kalise Child

Joined together they create the craft of dance. Art is the imposing of a pattern on experience, and our

aesthetic enjoyment is recognition of the pattern. Alfred North Whitehead (1861-1947), Dialogues (1954)

Science and art are often seen as opposite ends of the spectrum but they have a closely enmeshed past.

Im going to let you see me, because I hope itll show you something about you.
Michelle Nielson

Born Philosophies

Dance comes from finding out who you are.

Pat Debenham

Dance is a part of who you are as a personthey are inseparable.

Kalise Child

God works through me to send a message through movement.

Michelle Nielson

Encyclopdia Britannica Online Ellfeldt, Lois, Dance from Magic to Art, Dubuque, Iowa :

W. C. Brown Co., c1976. Interviews and quotations from Pat Debenham, Michelle Nielson, Kalise Child, and Kathleen Sheffield