DANCE

              THE JOY OF DANCE

what is Dance?

Dance  is a performing  art which is learned from different cultures from different countries. It is a series of movements that match the speed and rhythm of a piece of music.It can be categorized and described by its choreography.Dance is an enjoyable health promoting physical activity, which many people worldwide incorporate into their lifestyles today.Dancing can be a best way to stay fit and healthy for all age groups of people.It is shortly described as “Celebration Of The Feel Of Music Made Visible”.

History of dance

Dance has been an important part of ceremony, rituals, celebrations and entertainment since before the birth of the earliest human civilizations.Many contemporary dance forms can be traced back to historical, traditional, ethnic and ceremonial dances of the ancient period.Many countries of the early periods were performed dances to celebrate festivals, on important or seasonal occasions such as crop harvest, or births and weddings. Such dances are found all over the world.One of the earliest structured uses of dances may have been in the performance and in the telling of myths. It was also sometimes used to show feelings for one of the opposite gender. It is also linked to the origin of “love making.” Before the production of written languages, dance was one of the methods of passing these stories down from generation to generation

Benefits of Dancing

Dancing can be a way to stay fit for people of all ages, shapes and sizes. It has a wide range of physical and mental benefits including:

  • improved condition of your heart and lungs
  • increased muscular strength, endurance and motor fitness
  • increased aerobic fitness
  • improved muscle tone and strength
  • weight management
  • stronger bones and reduced risk of osteoporosis
  • better coordination, agility and flexibility
  • improved balance and spatial awareness
  • increased physical confidence
  • improved mental functioning
  • improved general and psychological well being
  • greater self-confidence and self-esteem
  • better social skills

   Types of Dance

There are plenty of dance forms around the world based on their countries and cultures.Some of dancing styles are the updated versions of the old styles and some are the ultramodern dancing styles which setting the world in a fashionable trend.

Here we go with some of the most popular dancing styles.

  •  Hip-Hop

Hip-Hop dance involves various patterns like popping, locking and breaking.  This dance is mostly performed very close to the ground. This dance style was developed by the trained dancers which are actually performed on the streets.  The dance in freestyle is the main feature of the Hip-Hop Dance style. These dances can also be played very professionally and in competitive pattern

These dances are now performed on various commercial bases. This dance can be seen in pop music videos, R&B and concerts. These Hip-Hop dance styles are famous in some parts of the world and are played in various different events.

  • Ballet

The Ballet Dance style is very popular style in the world. The Ballet dance is originated in Italy. The meaning of the word “Ballet” is to “to dance”. This dance is complicate to perform, lot of ballet schools are there in the world to teach this dance style. The steps in this dance include acrobatic movements, dancing in smooth flow. The dance requires lot of energy and practice to perform it perfectly. While performing this dance it is very necessary to position the feet correctly.

The dance was later well developed in France and Russia. The dance is further classified in to three types of dance styles as Classical Ballet, Neoclassical Ballet and Romantic Ballet. The Ballet dance style looks very pleasing to watch. The popularity of this dance style has reached in almost all the parts of the world.

  • Tap Dance

Tap dance is a form of dance characterized by a tapping sound that is created from metal plates that are attached to both the ball and heel of the dancer’s shoe. Special shoes are made for dancing the tap. These metal plates, when tapped against a hard surface, create a percussive sound and as such the dancers are considered to be musicians. Tap dance has roots in African American dancing such as the Juba Dance, English Lancashire Clog dancing, and probably most notably Irish step dancing. It is believed to have begun in the mid-1800’s during the rise of minstrel shows.

  • Salsa

In many styles of salsa dancing, as a dancer shifts their weight by stepping, the upper body remains level and nearly unaffected by the weight changes. Weight shifts cause the hips to move. Arm and shoulder movements are also incorporated. The Cuban Casino style of salsa dancing involves significant movement above the waist, with up-and-down shoulder movements and shifting of the rib cage.

 

The arms are used by the “lead” dancer to communicate or signal the “follower,” either in “open” or “closed” position. The open position requires the two dancers to hold one or both hands, especially for moves that involve turns, putting arms behind the back, or moving around each other, to name a few examples. In the closed position, the leader puts the right hand on the follower’s back, while the follower puts the left hand on the leader’s shoulder.

  • Contemporary Dance

Contemporary dance draws on both classical ballet and modern dance, whereas postmodern dance was a direct and opposite response to modern dance.Due to its technical similarities, it is often perceived to be closely related modern dance, ballet, and other classical concert dance styles.

contemporary dance tends to combine the strong but controlled legwork of ballet with modern that stresses on torso. It also employs contract-release, floor work, fall and recovery, and improvisation characteristics of modern dance.Unpredictable changes in rhythm, speed, and direction are often used, as well. Additionally, contemporary dance sometimes incorporates elements of non-western dance cultures too.

  • Break Dance

Break dancing, also called breaking or b-boying/b-girling is an athletic style of street dance. While diverse in the amount of variation available in the dance, break dancing mainly consists of four kinds of movement: top rockdown rockpower moves, and freezes. Break dancing is typically set to hip-hop, funk, and break beat music, although modern trends allow for much wider varieties of music along certain ranges of tempo and beat patterns.

Break-dancing uses different body movements, spins, arm movements, leg movements, all of which are done to the rhythm of hip hop music. Break dancing was most popular in the 1980’s  and also continues to be common today.
The growth of this dance form can easily be mapped with the increasing number of TV shows and movies popularly depicting b-boying. Visually arresting and fun to watch, it is an important indicator of youth culture and street life. Energetic and edgy, the style is popularly referenced in the media, right from advertisements to music videos to documentaries. This dance form is also known to have multiple health benefits. Simple warm up steps require immense stretching and strength that in turn help in improving flexibility.B boying can improve your endurance level and also help you lose weight.

 

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