What is dance—it is synchronization between the body, mind and the music. The body moves in rhythm to the music being played. It can be used to express, exercise or interact socially. Here are some of the best dance forms from all around the world.
Tap Dance has originated from African American dancing. Special shoes are made for dancing the tap. This dance style is like creating music with your feet using the sound of the shoes hitting the floor as a musical instrument and dancing to it at the same time. It is very interesting and at the same time really hard to learn.
Adumu is a Maasai dance which has been originated from Africa. As Maasai didn’t encourage the use of drums during festivals and rituals so this dance is mostly performed to human voice. This dance is participatory during a ritual and all the body parts are used in this dance style.
Yangko is a popular part of Chinese culture and has originated from China. It involves swaying of the body specially the waist and hips to certain rhythms in order to sync with the music. This dance style is one thousand years old and is usually performed in the Lantern Festival in China.
The name Kathak has been derived from Sanskrit language meaning story. After 16th century, it was influenced by Persian dance. It can be related to the ancient people living in northern India. Kathak is the style of dance through which one is supposed to tell some sort of story. It happens to be one of the eight classical dance forms of India.
Bhangra is the dance form that comes from the Punjabis in the sub-continent which is performed to celebrate the harvest. It has originated in India and took its current form somewhere in th 1990s. people dance to the music created from a dhol(Double headed Drum), folk singing, and the chimta(musical fire tongs). This dance form had travelled from sub-continent to the western countries.
Belly Dance is originated from the Middle East, in an Arabic country. It got popular during the Romantic Movement that took place in the 18th and the 19th centuries. This form involves every single part of your body but the most dominant part is the hips. This dance form differs from country to country.
Ballet has been originated in Italy during the 15th century. The dance form evolved from performance dance to concert dance in France and Russia. This dance form is taught in different ballet schools all over the world and is also very complicated and tough to learn. A person dance to vocal or orchestral music and involves precise acrobatic movements and pointe work. The word ‘Ballet’ means ‘to dance’.
Street Dance has originated outside the dance studios, schools, streets, parks, nightclubs wherever there is a space available. Break dance is also a part of Street dancing which had originated in the NYC.
The Electro Dance which was originated in Paris, France and the Melbourne Shuffle that has its root in Australia is also a form of Street dancing.
Irish Dance- the name itself suggests that it has its roots in Ireland. There are many different forms of this dance. It is a group dance form performed with traditional Irish music but it is very difficult to master in solo dancing. It involves very fast leg and foot movements while arms mostly stay stationery.
It was popularized in 1994 with Riverdance.
Salsa was originated in the 1920s and comes from Cuba. It is a couple dance and is danced to salsa music as well as Latin American music. One can also choreograph it as a form of line dance which can be performed solo. It is popular throughout the Latin America and with time it has spread throughout the globe.