The innate desire to dance, move to music, has been part of humanity since primordial times. Even more primitive animals seem to possess the instinct to move to music. Primitive cultures seem to all have a form of tribal dance with different forms of sound, for instance, drums and movement like stomping or waving the arms. This propensity of humans has evolved along with other cultural phenomena over the eons. Here you will find some dance resources to guide you on your dancing journey.
In the early days of partner dancing, it was scandalous for men and women to use a close embrace facing each other. In some cultures only men are allowed to dance together. Finally, in the mid-19th century, with the advent of waltz dancing, the close embrace, sometimes called the closed position for dance, was culturally accepted in Europe and the United States.
Dance Resources: Why Dance?
Health Benefits: There are an abundance of articles on the health benefits of dancing. Dancing in many different forms like aerobic dance, zumba, salsa, line dance, social dance or the classic dance genres are all considered good for one’s health. The movement that is involved in dance has aerobic benefits, as well as, cardiac, muscular, flexibility, vascular and social benefits.
Social Benefits: Scientific reports suggest that tactile contact is very important for a person’s well being.
Stress Reduction: Dance is great to relieve stress as it is difficult to think about problems while concentrating on timing, connection, lead/follow and movement
Flexibility: Dancing increases flexibility in the torso with contra-body movement, uses the ankles to push off and land, engages the knees, hips, shoulders and back
Balance: Health practitioners suggest dancing helps maintain good balance as we age
Brain Benefits: There is a plethora of articles on ballroom dancing being one of the best activities to keep the brain young, to fight dementia and even Alzheimer’s as we age.
What are the different ways I can dance?
Categories of Dance: This includes all forms of dancing. If a person prefers solo dancing they may start in a jazz, ballet, line dance or hip hop dance class.
Categories of dancing: solo, duet (duo) or group.
Solo dance styles: (genres) refers to a person dancing solo or by themselves and includes some of the classic dance forms like ballet, jazz, tap but also flamenco, Irish step dance and hip hop. These types of dance genres can be done with a group, for instance, on a team for a performance. Also, in a dance company or troupe like a ballet company or jazz group.
Duo (Duet or Partner Dancing): A duo means two people dancing together, sometimes referred to as partner dancing. This might be two ballet dancers performing a duet or a couple participating in social dancing like salsa, swing, tango, ballroom or country western dancing. Also, there are dance duos that travel to dance sport competitions in International Latin or Standard dancing or salsa partnerships that compete worldwide. Dance duos can be seen on the different television show like Dancing With The Stars and So You Think You Can Dance competing against other dance duos.
Group (Team, Company): A group might be a ballet company, a clogging team, Lindy hop team, jazz troupe or Riverdance performance. Also, the folk dances like Israeli, Greek and Cajun dance genres often dance in groups of people in a circle. Country western line dancing and the cowboy cha cha are also group dances. A long time favorite group dance are flash mobs that learn a routine and show up somewhere unexpectedly to perform in public.
Dance Resources: How do I start dancing?
Many people would like to start dancing but do not know how to get started. For example, they may not know what style, type of dance they want to learn. Which one suits their background, skills and might work for their body type and/or age.
Watching dance video clips of the different types of dances can help one determine the right type of dance to start dancing.
Where can I read more about my favorite dance styles (genre)?
Here is a dance resource index of all the different types of dance styles. We are constantly adding new dance styles and continuing to grow our dance style index.
A comprehensive system for learning to dance involves a four part system that produces great results in a reasonable period of time.
- Private dance lessons: to learn the elements of the dance and lead/follow techniques where applicable.
- Group dance classes: to practice your dancing and pick up a few new step patterns
- Dance Party or Events: Social dance gatherings, nightclubs, studios or dance conventions, etc.
- Stay connected through local dance resources: Stay connected to a dance community that fits your needs. This can be accomplished through email newsletters. At DanceTime, we have the DT Newsletter that is bi-monthly to share premium world dance video clips, dance articles, blogs, announcements and information. Also, there are Facebook dance groups for every type of dance genre and dance meetups to join for expanding your dancing friends. Find a local dance calendar or announcement for your area.
DanceTime’s Dance Resources:
Dance Styles: Here we will feature all the different types of dance styles (genres), which will include every type of dance by name, e.g. waltz, kizomba, belly dance, country western two step, zumba, pole dance, etc.
Dance Videos: This showcases a variety of video clips in three categories: performance, techniques and step patterns.
Dance Competitions: Here we include information on dance competitions, conventions, festivals, dancesport and dance cruises. The focus is on partner dance styles but includes some folk dance and other types of dance festivals.
DanceTime’s Newsletter is a bi-monthly newsletter with awesome video clips of best of web dance performances from all over the world. Article and video blogs for different dance genres including the history, characteristics, video clips and more. Also, events like world dance festivals, conventions and competition information will be included. Our goal is to eventually send out our DT Newsletter weekly!
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