The Art of Dance

Wednesday 4 November 2020

Jennifer Toynbee-Holmes

Jennifer Toynbee-Holmes is an experienced guide at Tate Britain and Tate Modern, and lectures at various art societies and institutions. She has a special interest in British and European art of the late 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries. Having gained an MA in film and television practice, Jennifer had a long-standing career spanning 20 years as a television producer/director making documentaries and factual programmes for the BBC, ITV and Channel 4. She was also a visiting lecturer at Goldsmiths College and Birkbeck, University of London, and a senior lecturer at Southampton Solent University in the Faculty of Media, Arts and Society.


Since the birth of the earliest human civilisations, dance has been an important part of ceremony, rituals, celebrations; a method of healing and a means of expression and entertainment.

Through stills and video clips we will take a look at dance as an art form from its earliest beginnings; through the birth and rapid development of ballet throughout Europe, the explosion of modern dance in the early 20th century – a time of unprecedented creative growth for dancers and choreographers – and with the growth of post-modernism from the 1960s,  the expansion of street dance, hip-hop, break dancing and rock dance.


Caption: Woman Dance Vintage illustration by Karen Arnold; Public Domain License

Karen Arnold has released this “Woman Dance Vintage Illustration” image under Public Domain license.