Choose The Best Style Of Dance For You

Dance is quickly becoming more popular than ever and there are loads of different styles to choose from. With so many different styles, there is almost certainly one that will suit you and this article outlines some of the main ones.

Ballet

Ballet is one of the most well known and iconic styles of dance. Its earliest roots can be traced back to Italy in the late 1400s but it was developed into the form by which it is recognised today in France under the rule of Louis XIV. This classical style of dance is traditionally performed to the accompaniment of classical music and is taught around the world meaning that there are many variations of this beautiful dance form. It is a posed style of dance which incorporates the foundation techniques for many other dance styles which means that a great proportion of dancers have some grounding in ballet basics.

Jazz
Jazz dancing does not date back quite so far as ballet but has a unique history. Similar to jazz music, the roots of jazz dancing can be found in African and slave traditions though it continues to evolve and change taking influences from many other styles of dance and techniques.

One of the greatest influences over jazz dance today was Jack Cole. He is sometimes referred to as “the father of jazz dance” as he was a choreographer and theatre director who had significant influence over the style of dance by developing some of the ballet-based movements and theatrical expression which have become cornerstones in contemporary jazz dance.

Contemporary styles of jazz dance are now as far reaching as ever and will continue to develop. They include incredibly elegant and Broadway-inspired movements, ballet styles and even reach as far out as hip-hop. They will continue to develop for many years into styles we haven’t even dreamt of yet though the roots will always remain in the mastery of leaps, turns, kicks and fluid style of movement.

Tap
Tap dancing is a style of dance that is characterised by a percussive tapping sound that is created from metal plates attached to the ball and heel of the dancer’s shoe. These plates are called “taps”. These taps create a percussive sound which allows for the dancer to become an intrinsic part of the music to which they are dancing. Tap dancing takes many influences from jazz dancing and includes an exciting combination of leaps, turns, kicks and spins.

Ballroom
Ballroom dancing refers to a wide range of partner dances which are often performed competitively and ballroom dancing competitions. Most recently, programmes such as “Strictly Come Dancing” and the US version, “Dancing With The Stars” have thrown ballroom dancing into mainstream culture increasing it’s popularity. However, ballroom dancing is also enjoyed by people of all ages as a social activity.

There are many other styles of dance not talked about here but these are some of the main ones. Whichever style you choose to learn, we hope you enjoy it because dancing is all about having fun!

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