Concert dance or performance dance


Concert dance

Concert dance is also known as theatre dance especially in the United Kingdom, is a category of dances which is presented for a spectators and is not participative. By contrast in Social dance all participants dance watch at the same time.

Concert dances generally performances are choreographed, and danced to set music while most of social dances are not choreographed and are danced to varying music. Some exceptions are un-standardized social dances like argentine tango, salsa or swing.

There are different expressions such as dance-drama; dance-theatre and theatre-dance can all be used interchangeably; the term 'Dance Theatre' means dance performed before spectators at the theatre. Nowadays ballet, the erstwhile Persian classical courtroom dances, and the temple dances of India subsist principally as a theatre dance.

There are a wide range of concert dance styles. The term is also used to illustrate the mixed genre performances in which an important characteristic of dramatic enactment is introduced into a dance piece (or vice versa: a drama contains significant elements of contemporary dance). The most important practitioners of dance theatre in this sense include Pina Bausch, Caryl Churchill and DV8.


Within Concert Dance are considered the following dance styles:
  • Acro dance
  • Ballet
  • Belly dance
  • Bharatanatyam
  • Cabaret
  • Character dance
  • 20th century concert dance
  • Eurythmy
  • Hip hop
  • Historical dance
  • Jazz
  • Modern dance
  • Musical theatre
  • Pole dance
  • Striptease
  • Tap dance