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The Meaning Of Dance

The general meaning of dance according to any standard dictionary is 'move rhythmically to music, typically following a set sequence of steps'. But dancing is more than that; It is an expression of an idea and also an extension of one's personality. Dance showcases the innate desire of human being to express their individuality, people dance for all kinds of reasons - to celebrate or to heal, to preserve cultural heritage, to assert individuality and mostly to entertain.

A brief history of dance

Dancing is an instinct, but it is also an art form that is usually channelled correctly by skilful performers. The history of dance is difficult to access, since dancing itself cannot leave definite archaeological artefacts, but historians looked for secondary clues in the form of written word, stone carvings, paintings and similar objects. It is highly unlikely to identify with precise accuracy when dance became an integral part of human culture. Dancing became a widespread phenomenon, it is said that it can be traced to the third millennia BC when Egyptians started using dance as a fundamental part of their religious ceremonies and as well dancing was used as a tool for social interaction. Did you know the famous Greek philosopher Aristotle compared dance to poetry, he said that certain dancers, with rhythm applied to gesture, could express manners, passions, and actions. Which indeed is the truth.

Different kinds of dance forms

There are numerous dance forms, and it can vary based on what part of the world you live in, what cultural background you come from and often different kind of dance forms are usually passed down from generation to generation that has its own sentiments and values tied to it. The different types of dances and dance styles that are prevailing all over the world is an implication of the popularity of this art form. Every dance form has its own unique identity, and it tends to showcase one's emotion.
Here is a list of various dance categories-
  • Latin/rhythm
  • Swing dance
  • Kuma 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

As we know dancing is an integral part of social gatherings across the globe. Dance is a unique art form that helps one's overall well being, it is an excellent form of entertainment that unites people from all background, and it also said that dance protects one's cultural heritage and traditions and often their dance styles depict a story that has been passed down from generation to generation.

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