Know about different forms of popular dances of the world

Dance is a form of Art performed in the style and movement comprising consistency and selected to meet some purpose primarily for entertainment. This movement has aesthetic and symbolic appeal, and this performance is enjoyed and acknowledged by the audience or community of people. An important perception can be drawn between the two types of dance namely of theatrical and participatory type. Both types of dances may have special objectives, like social, ceremonial, competitive, erotic, martial, or sacred ritual.

What are the basic tenets of theatrical dances?

Theatrical dances often tell a story, perhaps using mimicry, costume, and background. Classical Indian dance and Chinese and Japanese song and dance dramas are typically country and culture oriented.

Evidence of dance of primitive nature has been founded by Archaeologists in 9,000-year-old cave paintings in India in rock Shelters of Bhimbetka, and Egyptian tomb paintings depicting dancing figures dated back to 3300 BC. It has been reported that before written languages generation, dance wear was an important medium of communication and documentation. Dance is generally, found to be performed with the music and songs. Notable examples of traditional dance and music couplings include the jig, waltz, tango, disco, and salsa.

Rhythm and dance

These are interdependent. A musical rhythm has two main elements namely; a regularly-frequency pulse called “beat” that establishes the tempo and, a pattern of accents and rests that establishes the character of the dance pattern.

dance wear
Dance wear

Concert dance and its features:

In concert dance, the choreography expresses the personality and aims of the characters and their part in the plot.

  • Theatrical requirements need free moving those usual in non-narrative dance styles.
  • Ballet dance, appeared to audience subsequently, allows interludes of rhythmic dance that created one class which was entirely “plotless” named ballets in the 20th century and that allowed fast, dance-steps that involves stepping like petit allegro. A well-known example is the ‘Cygnets’ Dance.
  • Dance in tribal villages were accompanied by crude steps, fire-burning, invoking the village god and celebrating community wealth and productivity.

Participatory dance and social dance

Social dances are those that are intended for participation rather than for entertaining an audience. This generally includes various forms of mime and narrative performance but are typically styled much more nearly to the rhythmic pattern of music, like waltz and polka which are much are music-oriented rather than oriented to the particular type of dance itself.

Dance forms prevalent in Africa:

In Africa which comprises a collection of small independent states have their own style of dance wear. This is deeply rooted and integrated into society and major community events and festivals occasions in a community which largely and frequently reflected in their dances. Dances are performed for births festival and funerals, weddings and wars. Traditional dances reflect and impart cultural morals, including religious values and traditions and sexual standards as well. Dance also is a means of get together of the community members and strengthens unity.

Classical dances in Indian widely and remarkably vary in degrees or depth of root in the Natyashastra and therefore share certain common features like the mudras or hand positions, body positions, and the display in an amazing way the dramatic or expressive acting or abhinaya. Indian classical music provides the dancers of nearly all the styles to wear bells around their ankles to counteract which increase the enjoyment of the audience.

From above statements, it is evident that dance is an important media that reflects the culture of a community or country and is variable in nature. This is significantly a medium of entertainment. Dance is graceful, and it is also a form of exercise. It forms a connection between the cultural relations of different countries, and both classical and contemporary dance forms have their own quota of an enigma.

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