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FlAmEnCO DaNcE……..!!!!!!!!



Flamenco performance has evolved during the history of this musical genre. In the beginning (the 18th century at the latest), songs were sung without any guitar accompaniment; during the 19th century, the guitar was used to accompany songs, and since the second half of the 19th century, the solo guitar is played in flamenco concerts. [9] From flamenco’s beginning in the 18th century most performers have been professionals

Flamenco usmusicology itself that the lack of field-work in flamencology can truly as three basic counts or measures: Binary, Ternary and The (unique to flamenco) twelve-beat cycle

Some forms are danced while others are not. Some are reserved for men and others for women while some may be performed by either, though these traditional distinctions are breaking down: the Farruca, for example, once a male dance, is now commonly performed by women too.


cLLaSicAl DaNcE………!!!!!!!!!

Indian classical dance is a relatively new umbrella term for various codified art forms rooted in Natya, the sacred Hindu musical  theatrestyles, whose theory can be traced back to the Natya Shastra of Bharata Muni (400 BC)


The term “classical” (Sanskr. “Shastriya“) was introduced by Sangeet Natak Akademi to denote the Natya Shastra-based performing art styles. A very important feature of Indian classical dances is the use of the mudra or hand gestures by the artists as a shorthand sign language to narrate a story and to demonstrate certain concepts such as objects, weather, nature and emotion. Many classical dances include facial expressions as an integral part of the dance form.

A dance style is classical to the extent it incorporates the Natya Shastra techniques. Some of the styles such as Kathak use very few elements found in Natya Shastra. Other art dances yet to be conferred as classical dances, whose theories and techniques can also be traced back to the Natya Shastra[citation needed] are:

  1. Andhra Natyam – Telugu art dance
  2. Vilasini Nrityam/Natyam – Telugu art dance
  3. Kerala Natanam – Kerala classical dance

sWinG DaNcE

doriana_paoloSwing dance” is most commonly known as a group of dances that developed with the swing style of jazz music in the 1920s-1950s, although the earliest of these dances predate “swing era” music. The best known of these dances is the Lindy Hop, a popular partner dance that originated in Harlem in 1927 and is still danced today.

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Los Angeles had its own form of what they called “Swing dance” which came from Charleston, Fox Trot, and Jig Trot influenced footwork. In Chicago and in the south they had their own style of Swing, which was more two-step based, and most of these regional swing dances gave way to various influences, such as other dance forms of dance but also the decline of dance bands and partner dancing after WW2.

jAzZ DaNcE………..!!!!!!!!!

Early roots of jazz dance came from African culture imported by slaves.  In Africa, natives  danced to celebrate cycles of life: birth, puberty, marriage and death.  Children, adults and the elderly all depended on dance to express their cultural beliefs.  Drums, string instruments, chimes, reedpipes and other percussion instruments set the beat for the dancers.

Watching slaves dance led whites to stereotyping.  Whites began blackening their faces and imitating slave dancers as early as the 1800s.  John Durang, one of the first .

JAZZ-sia1bi      Basic Jazz Dance Steps

Ball change:  Change weight R+L ball-stamp (step-stamp), or stamp-stamp.

Cat walk:  Walking like a cat, crossing one leg in front of the other with a bent back.

Catch step:    Like a ball change but from flat foot to flat foot (stamp).

Chasses:  One foot chases the other.

LaTiN DaNcE……!!!!!!!!!!!!!





The term “Latin dance” may be used in two different ways: to denote dances that originated in Latin America and to name a category of International style ballroom dances.

Many popular dances originated in Latin America, and so are referred to as Latin dances. International Latin is the name of a category of International style ballroom dances. International Latin consists of the following five dances: Cha-Cha, Rumba, Samba, Paso Doble and Jive. These dances are now performed all over the world as Latin-American dances in international Dance Sport competitions, as well as being danced socially.


Latin Style….dance

Compared to other ballroom dances, Latin dances are generally faster-paced, more sensual, and have more rhythmic expression. The latin dances are for couples, typically a man and a woman. Partners sometimes dance in a closed, tight position, and sometimes hold only one hand. Latin dancing, as Latin music, is sultry and physical.

The component of the music that most differentiates the dances is their fast or slow tempo.


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