Body Language as Medium for Expressing Collective Ideas in the Formation of National Character
The national character of a nation can be shaped by a variety of factors, including language, customs, beliefs that are held, as well as the shape and style of art and culture which have grown among the people who are categorized as ancestors and parents. The forms and styles of dance in one specific area establish cultural patterns of the societys character where the dance was developed. In a broader scope, form an style, dances may form the national character. As a form of aesthetic expression of ancestors, in Indonesia, can be found in a variety of shapes and styles of dance which originate from the ideas of a collective and ultimate source form the national characters of Indonesia. For promoting diversity of forms and styles of dance, it is important to maintain them properly, as a legacy to the art and culture; it is our obligation to perform a variety of efforts to keep the forms and styles of dances to be sustainable and solid, in particular as a shaper of national characters.
Keywords: Dance, Form and Style of Art, and National Character.