The History of Dance
A brief dance history of ballroom, breakdance, country, fad, flamenco, hiphop, jazz and Latin
dance, salsa, swing, tango and western.
- Argentine Tango
- The antique Argentine Tango was influenced by the Tango Habanera, which bears no resemblance
to the Argentine Tango we know today.
Tango History - Milonga and Argentine Tango history by Mike Higgins. When talking about
the history of the Tango, the reader should consider that although their were many ‘influences’
in the creation and life of the Tango, it is very important not to assume that it was some form
of linear development.
- Breakdance - Though some experts
trace the lineage of the break dance back to the Brazilian Frevo, a Russian folk-dance-influenced
form of martial-arts dance/march, it seems more likely that breakin', while it did originate
in Brazil approximately 500 years ago, was invented by African slaves rather than native Brazilians
or their Portuguese rulers.
- Cha Cha - Cha Cha
is an offshoot of the Mambo.
- Clogging - clog dancing or clogging,
as it is sometimes known, takes its origins from square dancing. This is not where or how clogging
- Disco - Most Disco dances
have strong roots in Swing, Samba, Cha Cha, Mambo, Merengue, Fox Trot and Tango.
- Flamenco and the
Spanish Gypsy - History of Flamenco Dance & Music.
- Foxtrot - The Foxtrot
originated in the summer of 1914 by Vaudeville actor Harry Fox.
- Hip Hop - The first mention
of hip hop dance dates back to the 70’s when some new moves were introduced to the dance world
to accompany the funky sounds of hip hop music that was also being discovered.
- Hip Hop - The styles that developed
in the later years are known as the New School. The older ones involve break dances and funk
- Hula and Tahitian Dance
- Today, there are many different variations of the original hula dance but all have the roots
grounded to some extent or another in the original hula dance created centuries ago.
- Hustle - The Hustle started
here, in the Big Apple.
- Irish Dancing - There are many
different styles of Irish dancing but for those who are only familiar with Riverdance and others,
there is no question that this style of Irish step dancing is mesmerizing.
- Jazz - Only one kind of
music suited this generation - jazz, the vehicle for dancing the fox-trot, shimmy, rag, Charleston,
black bottom, and various other steps of the period.
- Mambo - The Mambo dance
originated in Cuba where there were substantial settlements of Haitians.
- Merengue - Merengue
has existed since the early years of the Dominican Republic (in Haiti, a similar dance is called
the Meringue or Mereng)
- Peabody - Legend has
it that the Peabody was created by a portly police or fire chief - Captain Peabody.
- Polka - Bohemian historians
believe that the polka was invented by a peasant girl (Anna Slezak, in Labska Tynice in 1834)
one Sunday for her amusement.
- Rumba - There are two
sources of the dances: one Spanish and the other African. Although the main growth was in Cuba,
there were similar dance developments which took place in other Caribbean islands and in Latin
- Salsa - Salsa is a distillation
of many Latin and Afro-Caribbean dances. Each played a large part in its evolution.
- Samba - The Samba originated
in Brazil. It was and is danced as a festival dance during the street festivals and celebrations.
- Swing - The history of
swing dates back to the 1920's, where the black community, while dancing to contemporary Jazz
music, discovered the Charleston and the Lindy Hop.
- Tango - Originating in
Spain or Morocco, the Tango was introduced to the New World by the Spanish settlers, eventually
coming back to Spain with Black and Creole influences.
- Twist - The song "The
Twist" was written by Hank Ballard in 1959.
- Viennese Waltz - The first record
of a dance to 3/4 rhythm is a peasant dance of the Provence area of France in 1559, as a piece
of folk music called the Volta.
- Waltz - Waltz: a dance
born in the suburbs of Vienna and in the alpine region of Austria.
- Western - Modern western
dance is part of this global language and its roots run wide and deep. They can be traced to
the taverns of Ireland and to the ballrooms of Europe, to the Czarist palaces of Russia and
further back still to the fluid tribal rituals of Africa.
History of Dance Video
Evolution of Dance by Judson Laipply. The funniest 6 minute dance history video you will ever see!
The question is often asked, "What does dancing have to do with life?"
The Evolution of Dance™ is the perfect visual example of how life changes. Each song and dance was
“in” during a point of time in history; however, since life is change, new dances, songs and moves
are continually appearing and must be added to a constantly changing repertoire. Judson Laipply.
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