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History of dance


History of dance

Its origins are lost in prehistoric times, but, humans have been dancing for millennium, because from the study of the most primitive peoples, it is known that men and women have always danced.

In the primitive cultures the dances had their inspiration in the changes suffered by people during their lives, changes as people grew from boy to old, and they experienced as the seasons changes, about as tribes won their wars or experienced routs. Movement or motion was shared with singing to tell a story of love, birth, combat, religion, and death. When a man and a woman were needed to tell the story, a form of couples dancing became required. The man was naturally situated on the left with the woman on right because his sword would be on the left and he would require this arm free.

Throughout the time, two kinds of dance develop as cultures: The social dances, these celebrated births, commemorated deaths, and particular events; and the magical or religious dances for different reasons: To ask to gods to end a famine, to provide rain, or to cure the sick. The men, who invoked the assistance of a god were feared and respected, are considered by many to be the first choreographers, or composers of formal dances.

The first times, rhythmic sound was provided by the dancers themselves. A separate rhythmic possibly evolved and probably played on animal skins extended over wooden frames and made into drums or similar instruments. After, melodies were incorporated; these probably have imitated the sounds of nature, or they probably have been a vocal expression of the dancer's or musicians' state of mind. Later the rhythmic beat, became the most significant element, because this pulsation let all the dancers maintain time together and it helped them to remember their movements too and control the pace of the movement.

Primitive dancers used a large vocabulary of gestures and movements; these were used in both their social dances and religious or magical dances. One of the principal reasons for them was to help tribes survive. Long time before the written word could assure that cultures would be passed on and respected; it was dance that helped the ethnic group conserve its continuity.

Social Dancing
Dance as an Art Form
Ethnic Dance
 Social Dancing
Social dances was influenced with African and Caribbean rhythms and movements.
 Dance as an Art Form
Information about dance in: ancient Egypt, ancient Greece, roman empire, christian era.
 Ethnic Dance
Every ethnic group has developed its own facilities of expression through movement.

A brief history of some styles of dance:

History of Argentine Tango
Breakdance History
Cha Cha Dance History
 History of Argentine Tango
The precise origins of tango are lost in the time and an unrecorded history.
 Breakdance History
Breakdance is a street dance style, this dance has hip hop dance.
 Cha Cha Dance History
The scraping and shuffling of the feet generate a sound that sounds like "Cha Cha Cha".
Flamenco Dance History
Foxtrot Dance History
History of Jazz Dance
 Flamenco Dance History
Appeared from the expression of a pursued people, the Gypsies of Southern Spain.
 Foxtrot Dance History
This dance was the most important development in all of ballroom dancing.
 History of Jazz Dance
The Jazz dance was originated from the African American vernacular dance.
History of Polka
History of Salsa
Samba History
 History of Polka
Polka is defined as a lively couple dance of Bohemian source in duple time.
 History of Salsa
Salsa refers to a combination of informal dance styles having origins the Caribbean.
 Samba History
It was and is danced as a festival dance throughout the street festivals.
Disco & Hustle History
History of Merengue
History of Waltz
 Disco & Hustle History
In the 1970s the Hustle originated among Hispanic Communities in New York City.
 History of Merengue
The Merengue is the national dance of the Dominican Republic.
 History of Waltz
The waltz was originated in the suburbs of Vienna and in the alpine region of Austria.