Dancing is both an art form and a form of recreation. Dance as art may tell a story, set a mood, or express an emotion. Some dances consist of symbolic gestures that tell a story completely through movement. As recreation, dancing has long been a people’s source of fun, relaxation, and companionship. In earlier times, square dances gave families a welcome chance to socialize. The first recorded dancing was among the ancient civilizations of the Middle East and India and among the aboriginal people of the Americas, Australia, and Africa. The Hindu god Shiva’s avatar known as Nataraja, Lord of the Dance, is portrayed as a many-armed being balanced on one leg. Actual dance forms appear to have been in place in India around 6000 B.C. In the Americas, Australia and Africa the aboriginal people danced both for spiritual reasons and for entertainment.
DIFFERENT TYPES OF DANCE
Dancing has got so many branches and to name them all will create a new encyclopaedia of dance. Here are some of the most popular dance forms in the world.
Bharata NatyamBharata Natyam is one of the eight major classical dance forms, which originated in south India. The word Bharatanatyam is composed of three terms, Bha meaning Bhava or abhinaya (expression), Ra meaning raga (melody) and Ta meaning Tala (rhythm). Bharatanatyam is also known as the fifth Veda. It has three main aspects: Natya, Nritta and Nritya. In the ancient times, it used to be performed by the Devadasis in the temples of Tamilnadu as ‘dasiattam’. It has three main aspects: Natya, Nritta and Nritya. Bharata Natyam was at one time only performed by a community of women called Devadasis, which means ‘servants of God’. These women were brought up by the temple, never married, and their life’s sole purpose was to dance in honor of the temple’s presiding Deity. Bharata Natyam dancers and their accompanying musicians now bring their depth and color to stages all over the world.
AEROBICSTechnically, it’s not a dance but since it still involves body movement and rhythm, let’s put it in the list all the same. A dance that prioritizes shaping your body and losing weight over choreography and style, aerobics is more suited to those who dearly need to exercise but are easily bored by the more common workouts like jogging or sweating on the treadmill. Aerobics is also a good stepping stone for the more demanding forms of dancing because it improves your coordination.
BALLETLithe, flexible, graceful, elegant, poised defines ballet. In ballet, each movement is an expression of a specific emotion so it must be executed precisely and without flaw. As a rule, ballet dancers should also be small, slender and dare I say virtually boneless? So check out your vital stats before signing up for a session.
HIP HOPInarguably the most popular form of dancing of today’s time, thanks to stars like Jennifer Lopez and Nelly, hip hop is also known as street grooves and preferred by but not limited to teenagers and young adults because of its choreography. Hip Hop is a good and fun place to start for amateurs.
Want to make your guy drool and gain a sexy tummy at the same time? Then this Eastern dance is the answer to all your problems. Although all the shaking and bending can be somewhat exhausting, not to mention plan torture to your spine, just remind yourself of your objectives and you’ll be A-okay.
The “higher” form of hip hop, break dancing is gymnastics with a groove. Cartwheels, head spins, splits and jumps are just about a few moves that you’ll be asked to learn if you’re interested in this type of dance. While it’s commonly known as aguy thing, if you think about it
Facts about Dance
A male dancer lifts over 1-1/2 tons worth of ballerinas during performances.
According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the largest ballet class involved 989 participants in an event organized by Andrew Warth in Canal Walk Shopping Centre, Cape Town, South Africa, on August 24, 2008.
Pointe shoes add a minimum of seven inches of new height to a dancers.
A three-hour ballet performance is roughly equivalent to two 90-minute. A soccer games back to back or running 18 miles.
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