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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. However, historians have found secondary clues in the form of the written word, stone carvings, paintings and other 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 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. Different kind of dance forms is usually passed down from generation to generation that has its own sentiments and values attached.

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 backgrounds. It is also said that dance can protect one's cultural heritage and traditions. Through different dance styles, a story is depicted that has been passed down from generation to generation.

Cost of Dance Class in Different Cities

There are a number of passionate and skilled dance trainers who are ready to offer dance classes to interested students like you. They offer these classes against certain fees. This fee depends on various factors like the city you are living in, dance style, number of hours, age of the student, experience etc. To know about the price of a dance class in your area use our UrbanPro calculator.

Below we have given the average cost of a dance class in five different cities.

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