Hello! I plan to share with you a series of information regarding different types of dances, some of which I have personal experience, and some of which I don’t. My hopes for you are that you are able to learn and gain insight into how interwoven, evolving, and vast the language of dance is. That way, when you strike a move, you can conjure and appreciate all of the history and culture that goes along with it.
Let’s start with general information about what I have the most personal experience with: Ballroom Dance. It is defined as, “any of a variety of social or recreational dances performed by couples, as in a ballroom.”
Competitive Ballroom Dances are sectioned off into categories.
There are many social and recreational ballroom dances as well, some of which have made their ways into competitive ballroom or are not heavily competed, and some of which have their own competitions within their communities. Some of these dances include: Lindy Hop, Blues, Argentine Tango, West Coast Swing, Balboa, Peabody, Merengue, Milonga, Salsa, Hustle, Bachata, Kizomba, Zouk, Nightclub Two-Step, Polka, Two-Step, and Triple Two-Step.
There are so many partnered dances! As we step into their origins, you will begin to see how connected and related these dances are to each other and to the culture of their time. I look forward to sharing this rich history with you!
For reference, the definition of dance is copied from Dictionary.com. The divisions of dance chart is based on the DanceVision syllabus, from which I have studied.