What genre of dance do you enjoy?

Dance

An artistic expression designed for the purpose of storytelling or conveying emotions performed using body movements. Music adds special flair to the dance performance. Dance is a very enthralling expression of art that is common throughout the world. Each dance style appeals to a unique group of audience. Dance is enjoyed universally by people of all ages.

Ballet

Ballet became popular in Europe around 15th and 16th century. It was formalized in Italian renaissance courts. Royal Danish Ballet and Russian Imperial Ballet companies were formed in the 18th century. In the late 17th century Louis XIV founded the Académie Royale de Musique (the Paris Opera) within which emerged the first professional theatrical ballet company, the Paris Opera Ballet. The predominance of French in the vocabulary of ballet reflects this history.

In the 20th century choreographer George Balanchine developed a neoclassical style of ballet which became very popular in many parts of the world. Today many dance companies have established themselves in major cities across N. America, Europe, Russia and Latin America. Many adapted their works from famous choreographers. Nutcracker is very popular during the holiday season.

Some famous choreographers who made their name in this business include: George Balanchine, Paul Taylor, Bob Fosse, Alvin Ailey, Katherine Dunham, Agnes de Mille, Shane Sparks, Martha Graham, Twyla Tharp. 

Jazz Dance

A dance form or dance that is matched to the rhythms and techniques of jazz music, developed by American blacks in the early part of the 20th century.

Jazz dance is a unique style of dancing popular in America but also other parts of the world. Katherine Dunham was one of the famous jazz dancers in the US. Tap dance is also a variation of jazz dance. Jazz incorporates rhythmic movement that has a joyous touch to it. Jazz music and the jazz style of dance inspires dancers to be creative and improvise. It’s a great way of getting in shape but more importantly it is an excellent way to present the joy of music and body movements to viewers. It puts you in the mood to tap your feet or move your torso and neck.

Contemporary

Martha Graham is considered to be the pioneer who introduced contemporary style of dancing in the 1930’s. Merce Cunningham and Lester Horton were also known for their contemporary style of dancing. Highly interpretive in its choreography, contemporary dance often includes an innate focus on alignment, oppositional movement, raw emotions and systematic breathing. This style of dancing has absorbed many global traditions such as African style and native American style. Jazz and modern dance styles have been introduced in this dance form by famous dancers such as Lester Horton.

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