We can express our emotions like anger, joy, sadness or pain in an artistic and meaningful way through dance. Dance is being performed for some ritual, to celebrate or to commemorate. No doubt dance is a popular art form and here are 20 interesting cultural dances from around the world.
1. Aerial Dance
Aerial dance is a dance form that incorporates an apparatus often attached to the ceiling. This let the performers explore space in three dimensions.
Ballet is a popular dance form which evolved during the Italian Renaissance courts in the 15th century. Known for its beauty and grace later this form was adopted in concert.
3. Belly Dance
This dance is actually a solo performance performed by a woman. Also known as “Raqs Sharqi” this Middle Eastern dance was first trained within families to perform at the time of celebrations.
4. Bharata Natyam
Bharata Natyam was first born in the temples of Southern India and later it was developed over centuries. Actually, it was transformed from one generation to the next under Devadasi system. In this system, Devdasi (a woman) was dedicated herself to the deity through singing and dancing.
5. Break Dance
Normally performed by female dancers in the group this music hall dance form is highly energetic and physically demanding. During this performance, performers wear costumes that have long skirts, petticoats, and black stocking. The primary features of this dance form include skirt lifting, high kicking, and controlled body movement.
Haft dance and half martial art, Capoeira’s birthplace is Brazil. Astounding, astonishing and fascinating- only these adjectives can describe Capoeira.
8. Celestial Dance
This popular Cambodian dance form has been developed in the country for thousands of years. Even it was inscribed into some parts of the Angkor Wat.
This dance form is one of the primary dance forms in Portugal. In this dance, form dancers tap their feet and change their positions quickly.
11. Irish Stepdance
A classical Japanese dance-drama Kabuki is well known for the stylization during its performance. Some of its performers wear elaborate makeup during performances.
13. Kekak Trance Dance
This traditional Indonesian dance form is mainly performed to communicate with the spirits of the ancestors. This dance form mainly depicts the story of Ramayana and is performed in the temples and villages across Bali.
14. Lion Dance
This is a traditional dance form of Chinese culture. Here the dancers wear a lion costume and copy how a lion moves.
It is originally a dance form familiar throughout Europe and the Americas. This dance form originated in the middle of the 19th century in the Czech Republic.
Salsa is a popular dance form which was born in the Caribbean. Its movements have origins in Cuban Son, Cha-cha-cha and other dance forms. As it has flirtatious movements it’s quite sensual.
Swing dance developed with the swing style of Jazz music in the 1920s-1940s. This dance form is actually a group of dances. In the swing era, there were hundreds of styles of swing dancing. Now the most well-known dance is the Lindy Hop.
Tango is a partner dance and it was originated in the 1880s in Argentina. Originally this dance form is a mixture of German Waltz, Czech Polka, Polish Mazurka and many other dance forms. Many styles of this dance form currently exist around the world.
19. Tap Dance
This dance form was first seen in the United States during the late 19th century. Its name comes from the tapping sound which is made when small metal plates on a dancers shoe make contact with hard floor.
The waltz is a folk dance form performed primarily in closed position. This dance is performed to slow, melodic music and it requires the dancers to execute delicate movements.