This form is a genre which is influenced by various dance forms. Urban dance form is highly influenced by rhythms and techniques of funk & hip-hop music, such as locking, popping, or b-buoying. The choreographer’s creativity and interpretation of the music is the key to this style.
Freestyle is a way of dancing in which the dancer improvises his moves on the spot, as he dances, instead of having them planned beforehand (ie choreography). In its most extreme form it is the very opposite of choreography, however it can be argued that such an extreme level can never be reached, as we all to some degree plan our moves beforehand. To give an example, one might put on a piece of music and start freestyle dancing to it, but having heard the piece before, and having practiced different moves earlier, one can never 100% freestyle to it. This can be seen in many freestyle dance competitions where dancers, although ostensibly freestyle dancing, still perform trademark moves or sequences they've practiced earlier.
This is a style of expressive dance that combines elements of several dance genres including modern, jazz, lyrical and classical ballet. Contemporary dancers strive to connect the mind and the body through fluid dance movements. Contemporary dance stresses versatility and improvisation, unlike the strict, structured nature of ballet. Contemporary dancers focus on floor work, using gravity to pull them down to the floor. This dance genre is often done in bare feet. Contemporary dance can be performed to many different styles of music.
Hip-hop dance refers to street dance styles primarily performed to hip-hop music or that have evolved as part of hip-hop culture. It includes a wide range of styles primarily breaking, locking, and popping which were created in the 1970s and made popular by dance crews in the United States. The television show Soul Train and the 1980s films Breakin', Beat Street, and Wild Style showcased these crews and dance styles in their early stages; therefore, giving hip-hop mainstream exposure. The dance industry responded with a commercial, studio-based version of hip-hop—sometimes called "new style"—and a hip-hop influenced style of jazz dance called "jazz-funk". Classically trained dancers developed these studio styles in order to choreograph from the hip-hop dances that were performed on the street. Because of this development, hip-hop dance is practiced in both dance studios and outdoor spaces.
This is a dance style which can be adapted in some of the dance forms like Hip hop, western modern. This style is all about smooth dancing but yet hitting it with a cool body language and facial expressions.
Bollywood dance is the dance-form used in the Indian films. It is a mixture of numerous styles. These styles include belly-dancing, Indian Classical forms, Indian folk dance forms, Western popular & modern dance forms, Jazz, and even Western classical dancing. Bollywood dancing is normally spiced with lot of expression and drama which enhances the Choreography and performance.
Bharata Natyam or bharatanatyam is an Indian classical dance. Both male and female dancers perform this dance. The classical Indian story-dance can be used to express a complex range of emotions which respond to the actions of the male heroes. This classical Indian dance attracts interest and study in India and other parts of the world including China Europe and North America.
One of the eight forms of Indian classical dances, originated from India, traces its origins to the nomadic bards of ancient northern India, known as Kathakars or storytellers. Its form today contains traces of temple and ritual dances, and the influence of the bhakti movement. From the 16th century onwards it absorbed certain features of Persian dance and central Asian dance which were imported by the royal courts of the Mughal era.
Salsa is a popular form of social dance that originated in the Caribbean. The movements of salsa have origins in Cuban Son, cha-cha-cha, mambo and other dance forms. The dance, along with the salsa music, originated in the mid-1970s in New York. A great dance form from cuba that has taken over the world of dance. It’s style originate from Puerto Rico, Cuba and surrounding Caribbean islands. A very energetic Latin dance. Lots of fun, complete with spins, sharp movement, and crisp turns. Very popular in Latin clubs along with merengue. Styles varies depending on where you are from.
Jazz dance is a classification shared by a broad range of dance styles. Before the 1950s, jazz dance referred to dance styles that originated from African American vernacular dance. In the 1950s, a new genre of jazz dance — modern jazz dance — emerged, with roots in Caribbean traditional dance. Every individual style of jazz dance has roots traceable to one of these two distinct origins. Jazz was a big hit in the early 50's and it is still a well loved style of dance all over the world. Moves Used In Jazz Dance include Jazz Hands, Kicks, Leaps, Sideways Shuffling, Rolled Shoulders, and Turned Knees.
East Coast Swing evolved from Lindy Hop in the 1940s. A lively and fun dance, it is characterized by fast swing music with basic rhythms involving rock steps and triple steps. It is also known as Eastern Swing, American Swing, and Triple Swing. This also is a versatile dance form danced to Rock and Roll, Big Band and Swing beats. Lots of spins, faster than Rock ‘n’ Roll. It is also done on a 4/4 beat structure. The basic step is 8 steps in 3 beats.
The roots of Belly Dance were planted in Middle East, Mediterranean, and Northeastern Africa, in countries like America known as 'Belly Dance'. The French who found the Dance name it 'Dance du ventre', Or 'Dance of Stomach'. In Turkey its known as 'Rakkase' and Egypt as 'Raqa Sharki'. In Middle Eastern its known as 'Danse Orientale' to distinguish it from the 'Baladi' Or Country, Dance. Belly dance is developed by the influence of many different areas and continues its long process of development today. Across borders and cultures, 'Belly Dance' is recognized as a dance style of its own. 'Oriental Dance' is uniquely designed for the female body, with bare feet connected to the It is a dance form characterized by smooth, flowing, complex and sensual movements of the torso, alternated with shaking and shimmy types moves.
Here's a fast Latin dance that never slows down. Very easy to learn and I often refer to this dance as the “marching with style”. It's the most popular dance at most Latin clubs along with Salsa.
This is the most versatile of all the dances from 50s Rock and Roll, Big Band, Swing. Lots of spins, very fun.Easy to learn and will definitely get your feet moving!! It is done on a 4/4 beat structure. The basic step is 4 steps in 3 beats. It’s a dance form for all ages.
Yet another Latin dance danced with passion n love to a wide variety of music to choose from. The Cha-Cha is a fun and sassy, Latin dance. With roots in cuban beats and rhythms. A lot of the music that you hear on the radio from Christina Aguilera, Santana etc. You can dance cha cha to, as well as most of the popular club mixes and even some country music make for good Cha-Cha.
A moderately slow Latin dance with plenty of wraps, under arm turns and a truck load of flirtation. Often called the dance of love, you can Rumba to a wide variety of music from Tito Puente to Jimmy Buffet.
Waltz continuous to be one of the most romantic and elegant dances of all times. With long sweeping movements constant rotating with stylish poses; the Waltz definitely commands attention on the dance floor. It takes a bit more effort to learn at first compare to other dances, but the patience really pays off. At first you have to learn to navigate through the dance floor without bumping into other dancers. After you get past the basics of the movements; the patterns becomes easier to grasp and you will be gliding smoothly through the dance floor in no time.
Bachata is a style of social dance from the Dominican Republic which is now danced all over the world with bachata music. This dance has a lot of hip movement. It is danced in 3 styles, Authentic bachata, Bachata Modern/moderna and Bachata Sensual.
The foxtrot is a smooth, progressive dance characterized by long, continuous flowing movements across the dance floor. It is danced to big band (usually vocal) music. The dance is similar in its look to waltz, although the rhythm is in a 4/4 time signature instead of 3/ 4. Developed in the 1910s, the foxtrot reached its height of popularity in the 1930s, and remains practiced today.
Kizomba is an African rhythm, developed in Angola mostly since the late 70s. Being born in a continent with a effervescent musical history, kizomba is a result of an evolution: young generations, listening to traditional music like semba, felt something was missing - a modern and sensual touch. Adding an electronic percussion with a slow and extremely sensual rhythm… kizomba was born. During the passing years kizomba was developed and spread worldwide as a music that catches your ear and a dance that catches your soul. Many other related sounds and dancing patterns have been developing at the same time, not only in Angola but also Cape Verde and Antilles among others (tarrachinha, coladera, zouk…) Dancing kizomba is a unique experience – standing really close together, partners move in sensual wavy movement, where leading and being led finds a new dimension. As a dance that gives you not only full pleasure but also the basic steps to other related rhythms, kizomba is all about “connecting people”…
Ballroom samba is a lively Latin dance, originating from Brazil. It is one of the five major competition Latin dances, along with Rumba, Cha-Cha, Paso Doble, and Jive. Although related to traditional samba styles, also called street samba, ballroom samba differs significantly in style. Ballroom samba is characterized by use of a pickup beat in the music, a quiet upper frame, and strong leg action, resulting in the illusion of hips that seem to have a life of their own.