Dance is perhaps the most powerful form of performing arts that has its roots in visual arts.
The power of communication through dance is so strong that it wins hearts everywhere.
It has the rare ability to reach people poetically and energetically. The beauty of any dance form is that it is both primitive and sophisticated. This can be mostly observed in contemporary dance that does not emerge from any set vocabulary. The language of contemporary dance is specific to every piece of dance that is created.
It has to be discovered and established so that it creates the link between the primitive and the modern.
Dance has transcended through ages among different cultures, and has been used for emotional expression. It involves rhythmic physical movements of the body that may be accompanied by music. It is also performed for social interaction and exercise. Spiritual settings of dance are also common in many cultures. Ideas are conveyed through dance and it often tells stories. It is a form of entertainment that is also pursued as profession by many.
How different cultures are interconnected through dance is highlighted in this post that talks about some popular dance forms.
Ballroom dance emerged during the Renaissance in Italy, and its popularity spread across Europe and America in no time. The Waltz is the most prominent ballroom dance that has withstood the test of time. Waltz has a long history that goes back to the middle of the 19th century when it was first introduced. The slow paced yet extremely graceful dance, involving two persons, a male and a female, gained immense popularity. Thanks to the efforts of the great music composer Johann Strauss. The original Italian Waltz is much faster (180 beats per minute) than the slow English Waltz.
This is a major Indian classical dance form that has its roots in Northern India. The nomadic bards of ancient times were proponents of this dance form. The bards were known as Kathakars, from where the name of the dance has originated. Kathakar means story tellers, and this establishes the fact how dance form is used to tell stories. Dance traits from Central Asia and Persia were fused with Kathak since the 16th century. The dance form is quite complex and conveys some meaning and message through the movements. It can be performed solo or in a group.
This Chinese dance is performed during the Lantern Festival. This traditional folk dance is a part of Chinese culture and is performed by a group of dancers. Colorful costumes and rhythmic body movements are its main attraction. This thousand-year-old dance has evolved with time and the latest version was introduced in the late forties.
This fifteenth century Italian dance form has been made more famous by the Russians as it evolved into a concert dance. It is popular and practiced all over the world. The dance is performed to musical orchestra and songs. It involves a lot of acrobatic movements and the dance form is quite complex.