You can trace the history of social dance back as far as primitive cultures dancing to celebrate a birth or mourn a death. In later years, social dance continued to develop and evolve, mingling the dances of other cultures such as the Middle East, Africa, and Europe.
Early Origins – Waltz, considered the oldest traditional ballroom dance, originated as a dance style enjoyed by lower classes. Around 1750, a couples’ dance called “Walzer,” was popularized by peasants of Bavaria, Tyrol, and Styria.
Social dances, or ’80s party dances, emerged during the 1980s. The popular dances were adopted by and subsequently taken to another level by club dancers. Social, a freestyle dance style, is the element of hip hop frequently featured in music videos.
Jazz dance was iconic to the beginning of the 20th century and beyond. Its evolution began on plantations by “Africans held captive in the United States”.
Social dancing is a non-competitive version of ballroom and latin dancing. It is comprised of all the same dances, like Foxtrot, Tango, Swing, or Cha-Cha, but designed to be used in practical settings like wedding receptions, nightclubs, business functions, or informal gatherings.
Although a staggering number of dollars are essentially donated each year to musicians, painters, sculptors, as well as to ballet, jazz and modern dance troupes, social dancing is not considered eligible, since it is not a “fine art”.
Our bodies’ movement qualities can be broadly separated into seven groups- Collapse, Expand, Percussive, Suspended, Sustained, and Swinging.
So why is it important for us, as dancers, to have a knowledge and understanding of dance history? History allows us to gain a better understanding surrounding the events, challenges, and celebrations that helped to form the people who developed our art form.
ballroom dance, type of social dancing, originally practiced in Europe and the United States, that is performed by couples and follows prescribed steps. The tradition was historically distinguished from folk or country dance by its association with the elite social classes and with invitational dance events.
Filipino rituals are often shown in dance, because for Filipinos, dance is the highest symbolic form. It transcends language and is able to convey emotions, collective memory, and articulate their purpose. Dance in this case, is the fundamental expression of their complex message and intention.
Social dances are communal dances performed in social gatherings in any given space. They are classified into two groups, Latin American Dances and Modern Standard Dances.
19th century social dance can be seen as three eras, each with its unique clothing, manners, music and dances: The Regency Era This term, referring to the English Prince Regent (1811-1820), is sometimes used informally to refer to the wider period between 1800 and the 1830s.
he 15th century, also known as the Early Renaissance, is the first period of time in the West with written records of the types of social dance. Dancing was especially important for the courts during this time.
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