Dance is quickly becoming more popular than ever and there are loads of different styles to choose from. With so many different styles, there is almost certainly one that will suit you and this article outlines some of the main ones.
Ballet is one of the most iconic styles of dance and can be traced back as early as the 1400s. However, it was under the rule of Louis XIV that it developed into the form in which it is recognised today. Classical ballet is a highly traditional style of dance that is usually performed to the accompaniment of classical music. It's also taught all around the world which has led there to be many variations of this wonderful style of dance. As ballet incorporates many of the foundation techniques used for other styles of dance ranging from contemporary through to jazz, many professional dancers have at least some grounding in ballet.
Even though jazz dancing does not date back as far as ballet, it has a particularly unique history. It's roots can be found in the African and slave traditions and has continued to evolve ever since. The result is that jazz dancing takes inspiration from a wide variety of other forms of dance such as ballet, contemporary and, most recently, hip hop.
Jazz is great fun to learn as it incorporates a complex mix of twists, spins, turns and kicks. Some of the most iconic jazz dance styles include works by renowned choreographers Bob Fosse and Jack Cole. The fact that it takes influences from so many other dance styles makes it highly durable too, as it can provide an excellent foundation for other styles including hip hop and tap dancing.
Tap dancing is a highly exciting style of dance. Metal plates attached to the ball and heel of the dancer's foot create a percussive sound as they hit the floor. This means that the dancer can become an intrinsic part of the music to which they are performing which when combined with a mixture of leaps, turns, kicks, and spins creates a highly exciting and impressive performance - particularly when performed with a chorus!
Unlike jazz dancing and tap dancing, a grounding in ballet dancing is not required for ballroom as this is a completely different style of dance altogether. Rather than referring to only one style of dance, the term "ballroom dancing" actually refers to a wide range of partner dances such as the Cha Cha Cha, American Smooth and Latin amongst others.
There are countless other styles of dance not discussed here for you to choose from but we've decided to focus on some of the main ones. Whichever style you choose to learn, we hope you enjoy it because dancing is all about having lots of fun!
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