Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Nischala's Blog-o-Q : Origin of Dance

I enjoy watching dance shows and performances - Be it live / recorded. And mostly classical - There is a different beauty in them - The music, the grace, the rendition, the artistic gestures, the expressions which says so much, and yet so little... All add to the beauty and charm of the experience...

So, How did dance origin?
Dance is a type of art that generally involves movement of the body, often rhythmic and to music. It is performed in many cultures as a form of emotional expression, social interaction, or exercise, in a spiritual or performance setting, and is sometimes used to express ideas or tell a story. Dance may also be regarded as a form of nonverbal communication between humans or other animals, as in bee dances and behaviour patterns such as a mating dances.

Definitions of what constitutes dance can depend on social and cultural norms and aesthetic, artistic and moral sensibilities. Definitions may range from functional movement (such as folk dance) to virtuoso techniques such as ballet
[Src: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dance ]


And there are so many diverse dance forms. The one's I've heard of / seen are below:
Acro
Ballet
Ballroom dance
Belly
Bharthanatyam
Brake dance
Cha Cha
Disco
Jive
Hip-Hop
House dance
Irish dance
Kathakali
Kuchupudi
Latin dance
Odissi
Salsa
Spanish dance
Step dance
Stomp and Beatbox
Tap dance
Tango
Waltz

Additional Readings
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dance
http://www.the-ballet.com/dancestart.php
http://ezinearticles.com/?Where-Did-Dancing-Come-From?&id=1144971
http://www.ehow.com/facts_5233614_did-latin-dance-originate_.html
http://www.salsa-dancing-addict.com/history-of-salsa.html
http://beholders.org/mind/artshistoryculture/138-origintapdance.html
http://www.globaldarkness.com/articles/history of breaking.htm
http://www.verytango.com/tango-history.html
http://www.essortment.com/origins-ballet-dance-65340.html
http://www.essortment.com/history-waltz-21249.html

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