The History of Dance

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Dance, movements orchestrated with music, to express the way you feel. The first forms of dance came around in 6000 B.C, originating from India. The Hindu dance Gods Krishnu Shiva is the most common God portrayed through dance, especially found in Bharata Natyam and Nyark Sharky, also known as Belly Dance. In Southeast India, it is normal as a young female to learn the ways of Bharata Natyam. Bharata Natyam is widely known for its sculpturesque poses and art of story telling, mostly performed only by females, but as time progressed it is accepted by both sexes. The dances illustrate a deep devotion to the deities; dancers are married to the deity. Devadasi also known as temple dancers usually illustrated their devotion to the Gods the most, performing "in front" of the Gods, or at festivals in honor of them. Bharata Natyam captures the true meaning of dance drama, the dance routines tell a story, creating theatrical unity and wholeness in the meditative mind. The following is a list of dance names;

Argentine Tango - history of Argentine Tango and Milonga.
Argentine Tango History - Milonga and Argentine Tango history by Mike Higgins Ballet History - Into a fantasy world: A history of ballet (offsite: CBC) Breakdance - traces the origins of break dance.

Cha Cha - history of cha cha.
Clogging - clog dancing or clogging, as it is sometimes known, takes its origins from square dancing. This is not where or how clogging began however. Disco - history of disco dancing.
Flamenco and the Spanish Gypsy - History of Flamenco Dance & Music. Foxtrot - history of foxtrot.
Hip Hop - history of hip-hop dance.
Hip Hop - history of hip hop, rapping, graffiti and b-boying. Hula and Tahitian Dance
Hustle - History of hustle dancing and New York Hustle.
Irish Dancing - Irish Dance Style Stands Alone
Jazz - history of jazz dancing.
Mambo - history of mambo.
Merengue - history of merengue dancing.
Peabody - history of peabody.
Polka - history of polka.
Rumba - history of rumba dancing.
Salsa - history of salsa dancing and music.
Samba - history of samba.
Swing - history of swing dance and Lindy Hop.
Tango - history of tango dancing.
Twist - history of the twist.
Waltz - history of waltz dance.
Western - history of country western dancing - two step, cowboy waltz, western swing and polka.

The following are a list of terms used in Dance;
Abstract dance - A plot less work composed of pure dance movements, although the composition may suggest a mood or subject.

Adagio - Any dance to slow music; also, part of the classical pas de deux in ballet.

In classical ballet the pas de deux (duet) consists of four sections: an opening adagio in which the man supports the woman in turns and balances, followed by a solo variation for each of them, and concluded by a fast coda in which they again dance together.

air, en l' - (ballet) a step done off the ground -- for instance, rond de jambe en l'air.

alegrias - Spanish Gypsy dance. It suggests the movements of the bullfight and is usually danced by a woman alone.

allegro - A dance with a fast or moderate tempo. That part of a ballet class comprised of fast turning or jumping, especially beaten steps; usually follows the adagio.

allemande - an 18th century dance.

allonge - (ballet) an elongated line; in particular, the horizontal line of an arabesque with one arm stretched front and the other back.

Amalgamation - A combination of two or more patterns or movements.

amague - a fake

arabesque - a position in which the dancer stands on one leg, straight or bent, with the other extended to the back at 90 degrees.

Argentinean tango - originated in the West Indies where it was danced only by the lowest classes.

Arkansas traveler - an old time barn dance depicting a salesman of tin ware who came from Arkansas.

Arm Styling - Positioning and movement of the arms, reflecting the character and style of the dance.

arrastre - a drag.

assemble - a jump from...
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