Famous dance forms around the world and their origin

Globalization has resulted in a greater interest in various dance traditions and styles from all over the world. While most dancers still primarily use their own body language to express emotions, there is a growing trend to adopt the styles of other cultures (especially in performances). Dancers in the west have been increasingly drawn towards eastern and African dance forms. However, there are several dance styles which are famous all over the world.

• Bollywood Dance, India: Bollywood dance is a form of dance that incorporates many different styles, including Indian classical dance, Indian folk dance, belly dancing, jazz, Western popular dance, and more. Due to the wide range of styles and the ease of dancing, Bollywood music has gained wide acceptability in many parts of the world.

• Ballet, Russia: The Russian ballet is a dance form that is known for its gracefulness. It is performed to music and demands precision and formality from its dancers. The classical ballet dance form originated in Italy during the Renaissance and was introduced to Russia by Peter the Great. Since then, it has become an integral part of Russian society.

• Flamenco, Spain: Flamenco is a misunderstood dance form. It is as much a cultural art form as it is a dance performance. A celebration of the Andalusian culture, flamenco is an important piece of history, and yet most of the world is unfamiliar with it. In Spain, flamenco is a way of life and a common part of culture. The history of flamenco is one of tragedy, hardship and oppression. Flamenco was made popular in the US through Spanish language films in the 1940s. It goes by many names, such as Spanish dance, Andalusian dance, gypsy dance and so on.

• Break dance, US: Breakdancing was an outgrowth of the new jack swing movement which was popular among the youth in the 1980s. It was from the dance clubs that breakdancing started to spread. The dancers would make battle rapping and doing the robotic moves at the clubs. The original breakdancers were part of the Kongo movement, a group of street dancers. The formal style of breakdancing was made in the United States. The b-boys from New York City were the first to create it while they were breaking around the city. It was soon spread to other cities and became popular among the youth.

• Belly dance, Middle East: The history of belly dancing is as old as the history of the human body, and thus the dance form demands complex and intricate movements from the torso. The movements are the result of the development of human anatomy, the need to express powerful emotions, and the urge for sensuality. The dance style originated in the Middle East in the same region where modern day belly dance originated, and it is considered to be sensual and erotic. The dance form has been passed down from generation to generation, and so has the costume. The style of belly dancing can be broken down in to four distinct forms, and all of them are prevalent in the diverse culture of the Middle East.

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• Tango, Argentina: Tango is a lot like dating - it's highly expressive, elegant, and sensual. The dance form began in the 1880's along the River Plate which is the natural border between Uruguay and Argentina. There are many different styles of tango today, including traditional, neo-tango, tango novo, and milonguero. Tango is associated with the countryside and even today this dance form is still primarily danced in bars and restaurants. With a live band and energetic dancers, a tango performance is a great way to spend an evening with friends!

• Kabuki, Japan: Kabuki was first performed in 1630, when it was performed on the dry riverbeds of Kyoto. There are many different types of kabuki, but the most well known is kabuki-mono ("kabuki play"), which is the style of kabuki that has been performed for the longest period of time and has the most audience following. Kabuki evolved from other forms of theater like Noh, Bunraku and Shinto, which were all popular in the same area of Japan. Kabuki-mono is a type of theater that tells a story using both dance and drama. This makes it an extremely popular form of entertainment among the Japanese population.

• Salsa, Cuba: Salsa is a genre of Latin and Caribbean music and dance that originated in the Caribbean and has become a social phenomenon. Salsa music is focused around an underlying Afro-Caribbean rhythm called the clave. The word salsa means "sauce" in the Spanish language, and the music originally grew out of traditional Cuban Son. Salsa, in Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic, has become the primary medium of social expression, replacing the native genres like bomba and plena. Salsa has its own distinct movement, which includes a series of precise steps that can be danced individually or combined together to form various choreography. It is an exuberant and complex dance that requires a good level of physical fitness.

• Bhangra, India: Bhangra or Bangra is a dance form that is popular in the Punjab region of India and Pakistan and also in the Indian diaspora. It's a lively dance, filled with high-energy and is characterized by fast footwork, rhythmic hand clapping, and iconic dresses. The form is quite colorful, with outfits consisting of vibrant colors and themes, and even when it is not performed the clothes are a great way to get a glimpse of history and culture. Originally, it was a type of performance that was performed during harvest festivals and accompanied by musical instruments. Bhangra is a popular dance in India and also a favorite in Bollywood films. Bhangra dancers are often considered symbols of Punjabi ethnicity, leading to a surge in popularity as a form of ethnic expression.

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