DANCE 

Dance is a performing art form consisting of purposefully selected sequences of human movement. This movement has aesthetic and symbolic value, and is acknowledged as dance by performers and observers within a particular culture.. Dance can be categorized and described by its choreography, by its repertoire of movements, or by its historical period or place of origin.

An important distinction is to be drawn between the contexts of theatrical and participatory dance, although these two categories are not always completely separate; both may have special functions, whether social, ceremonial, competitive, erotic, martial, or sacred/liturgical. Other forms of human movement are sometimes said to have a dance-like quality, including martial arts, gymnastics, cheerleading, figure skating, synchronized swimming, marching bands, and many other forms of athletics.

Health 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 wellbeing
  • greater self-confidence and self-esteem
  • better social skills

List of dance style categories

This is a list of dance categories, different types, styles, or genres of dance.

For older and more region-oriented vernacular dance styles, see this list.

Contents

  • Latin / rhythm
  • Swing dance
  • Kumega Dance / Traditional African and African-American
  • Ballroom dance
  • Classical Indian dance
  • Traditional Iranian Dance
  • Azerbaijani dances
  • Experimental / freestyle
  • Street dance
  • Disco / electronic dance
  • Pogo
  • Historical dance Ethnic dance
  • Folk dance
  • Other
  • References
  • Further reading

Latin / rhythm

  • American Rhythm
  • Bolero
  • East Coast Swing
  • Mambo
  • Rumba
  • Bachata
  • Cha
  • Corridos
  • Cumbia
  • Duranguense
  • Forró
  • International Latin
  • Argentine tango
  • Capoeira
  • Maculelê
  • Danza
  • Jive
  • La mamba
  • Merengue
  • Milonga
  • Reggaeton
  • Rumba
  • Rueda
  • Salsa
  • Samba (ballroom dance)
  • Samba (Brazilian dance)
  • Samba de Gafieira
  • Zumba (dance)
  • Zouk
  • Zapateado:
  • Zapateado (Mexico)
  • Zapateado (Spain)
  • Quebradita
  • Samba de roda
  • Samba de gafieira
  • Samba enredo
  • Tejano dance
  • Pasodoble

Swing dance

  • Balboa
  • Blues dance
  • Bugg
  • Carolina Shag
  • Charleston
  • Collegiate Shag
  • Deneme
  • East Coast Swing
  • Hand Jive
  • Jitterbug
  • Jitting (evolved from jitterbug)
  • Jive
  • Leroc
  • Lindy Hop
  • Modern Jive
  • St. Louis Shag
  • West Coast Swing
  • Western dance
  • Pole dance

Kumega Dance / Traditional African and African-American

  • Traditional Jazz
  • Traditional African-American
  • Afro-beat
  • Boogie-woogie
  • Modern Jazz

Ballroom dance

  • Foxtrot
  • Tango
  • Viennese Waltz
  • Waltz
  • Quickstep

Classical Indian dance

  • Bharatanatyam
  • Chhau dance
  • Gaudiya Nritya
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