The division of dance into various types can be categorized on a variety of grounds. The obvious ground (e.g., artistic, religious, public) is obvious, but several other distinctions can be made based on function (e.g., traditional, professional), on the nature of the music, and on the nature of the dancers themselves. Within these broad categories, further divisions occur based on differences in the types of music (e.g., classical, jazz, punk), on differences in the types of dance styles (e.g., ballet, tap, jazz break, salsa), and on differences in the preferences of the dancers themselves. This article briefly discusses these three broad categories of dance.
The first type of dance is ‘rhythm’. This is almost certainly the most obvious form of dancing and probably the most familiar to most people. The rhythm is the beat of the music or the rhythm of specific instruments (breaks, pop music, marching bands, etc. ).
Rhythm is important because it allows dancing to move in time, with the beat of the music or rhythm establishing the rhythm. It also allows for various forms of expression in that it allows a variety of musical indications, such as flamenco, salsa, meringue, ballet, tap, rock and roll, hip-hop, polka, jazz, rockabilly, rumba and Latin music. Some of these may not seem to fit into the above categories, for example folk dancing and certain traditional forms of English country dancing don’t have a specific rhythm but have a certain ‘feel’, a quality which dances follow. But the point is that musical rhythm has a role to play in how dance is created and appreciated, just as it has in the creation of music. This is something we are all very familiar with – from the use of beats to indicate different beats in music to recognising a song when you hear it on the radio.
It has therefore long been recognised that one of the best ways of learning how to dance is through musical rhythm. This is especially important for people learning to dance in clubs and other places where they are confronted with live drums and percussion or the sound of a band in the background. In this type of situation the dancer must be able to synchronise their movements with the beat of the music. The same applies in formal dancing and is just as vital for modern choreography. For example, if you watch classical dancers you will see that all of them have a sense of calm and self Assessing.
This is important because it allows the dancer to develop their own style. The beauty of Indian classical dance styles like Bharat Natyam or Garba Mandir is that dancers are allowed to move in their own expression. They do not need to follow the crowd or be limited by what the rest of the audience thinks. The dance moves are individual and are often quite extraordinary. They are also highly intricate as each movement has its own significance and is intended to entertain, evoke, or suggest.
For example, the waltz is a slow dance that is performed by two partners side by side in a circle. Modern dancing waltz has come a long way and is now much faster and more energetic than it was in the past. The dancing waltz is a much sought after dance for couples and events throughout the world. These types of dancesport are often associated with Italian or French fashion but are now taken up by both men and women looking to incorporate some of the exotic into their own dances.