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Ethnic Dance

History of dance

Older than folk dances are dances developed and maintained by ethnic groups around the world. Every ethnic group has developed its own facilities of expression through movement. These dances were component of tribal ceremonies, created to be developed at crucial moments in the life both of individuals and tribes.

  • American Indians

  • American Indians, the men and women participated in separated dances and in other dance together men, women and children. These dances highlighted different movements for the feet and postures for the head.

  • Far East

  • In Eastern dance each movement of the hands, the head, the arms, an the feet communicates a particular message.

  • India

  • The most important dance of celebration is the Hindu classical dance-drama Bharata natya, which comes from the southeast. Other dance from southwestern India is Kathakali, is executed only by men and young boys.

  • Japan

  • Among the best-known forms are No and Kabuki, both dance-dramas. Unlike dancing in the Western world, Japanese dancing is very ceremonial and moves at a slow and majestic pace.

  • China

  • The dancing in China was developed thousands of years ago. Dancing was also an important part of Chinese religion and philosophy.

  • Indonesia

  • Through the years, the people in Indonesia have maintained their dances alive and infused with new steps and movements.

  • Spain

  • Some native dances from Spain can be traced back to Greek times. Spanish dancers were known through the Roma Empire for their artistry.
    The most popular Spanish dance is the flamenco, a Gypsy dance thought to be of Indian or Persian origin.

  • Africa

  • The origins of African dance are lots in the time, but it is known that tribal peoples throughout Africa relied on dance to a notable degree. Dances were used to express different emotions as joy and grief, to invoke prosperity and avoid tragedy, as element of religious ceremonies, and just as pastimes.