The 10 Most Famous Dance Forms Around The World
Salsa is a dance for Salsa music created by Spanish-speaking people from the Caribbean and their immigrant communities in the US. Salsa dancing mixes African and European dance influences through the music and dance fusions.
Samba is a lively, rhythmical dance of Brazilian origin in 2/4 time danced under the Samba music. However, there are three steps to every bar, making the Samba feel like a 3/4 timed dance.
Belly dance is a Western term for a traditional Egyptian dance. The term is a translation of the French “danse du ventre” which was applied to the dance in the Victorian era.
Ballet is a formalised type of performance dance, the origins of which date lay in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century French courts, and which was further developed in England, Italy, and Russia as a concert dance form.
Tap dance was developed in the US during the nineteenth century, and is popular in many parts of the world. The name comes from the tapping sound made when metal plates on the dancer’s shoes touch a hard surface.
While historically ballroom dance may refer to any form of formal social dancing as recreation, in modern times the term has become much narrower in scope, usually referring specifically to the International Standard and International Latin style dances.
Street dance is used specifically for the many dance styles that began appearing in the US in the 1970s, and are still alive and evolving within hip hop culture today: such as break dance, popping, locking, hip hop new style and house dance.
Pole dancing is a combination of dancing and gymnastics. It involves dancing sensually with a vertical pole and is often used in strip clubs and gentlemen’s clubs, although more recently artistic pole dancing (Chinese poles) is used in cabaret/circus and stage performance in a non-erotic environment.
Kathak is one of the eight forms of Indian classical dances, originated from northern India. This dance form traces its origins to the nomadic bards of ancient northern India, known as Kathaks, or story-tellers.
Bhangra is a form of music and dance that originated in the Punjab region of primarily Pakistan and India.