chapter  10
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Dance Style and Culture

Our initial hypothesis held that dance itself is an adumbration of or derived communication about life, focused on those favored dynamic pat­ terns which most successfully and frequently animated the everyday activity of most of the people in a culture. Following this suggestion and before be­ ginning the search for metrical pattern in song, we adopted the strategy of searching for the redundant patterns discoverable in the everyday activity of a culture that resembled the stylized forms of its dances. Indeed, this was essentially how Bateson and Mead proceeded in their study of the relation­ ship between child-rearing practices and trance and dance in Bali (Bateson and Mead, 1942).