Dance is one of the most beautiful art forms that has grown by leaps and bounds. It is no longer just a hobby; it is also one of the most lucrative professions.
Also, dance therapy is very much in vogue these days simply because the experience helps a person heal.
The various types are also considered an entertaining way to keep fit that incorporates into exercise routines. Each dance form has its own particular identity; one is beautiful in its way and has a different appeal.
Each country has a distinctive approach to its dance style, with ethnic groups worldwide fusing forms and even creating new ones, transforming the very idea of dance.
What are the Health Benefits of Dance?
On the national day of dance, we share some of the health benefits of dancing:
1. Strengthens the Heart
- And also, it helps the heart stay strong by increasing heart rate and improving lung capacity.
2. Fight Alzheimer’s
- Dancing is a good exercise for the brain and to prevent diseases like Alzheimer’s.
- Dancing increases mental alertness, and people with Alzheimer’s can recall forgotten memories when they dance to the music they used to know.
3. Increase your Memory
- Dancing can help back the loss of volume in the hippocampus, the part of the brain that controls memory, which would prevent suffering from senile dementia.
4. Ally in Loss Weight
- loss is another benefit of dancing. Dancing is as helpful for weight loss and increased aerobic power as cycling.
- And also, it estimates that you can burn between 200 and 400 calories in half an hour of constant dancing.
5. Lowers Cholesterol
- As it is an aerobic exercise, total cholesterol levels in the blood reduce, especially LDL cholesterol, known as bad cholesterol, increasing HDL, or acceptable cholesterol levels.
6. Antidote to Osteoporosis
- Dancing is a strength exercise that can prevent bone loss and help tone bones without stressing the joints.
- And also, many dance styles require bone-strengthening movements such as the tibia, fibula, and femur.
- In the long term, regular dance practice could prevent osteoporosis.
7. Flexibility, Strength, and Endurance
- They are dancing better skills and abilities that are essential for overall health. The flexibility, strength, and endurance gained from dancing help keep the body injury-free.
- Dancing tango finds to be better than other exercises in improving movement capacity in Parkinson’s patients.
8. Eliminate Stress
- Dancing is excellent for helping people with depression, as it stimulates the production of endorphins (hormones that fight stress) and helps with feelings of isolation.
- And also, dance contributes to the regulation of serotonin and dopamine levels, key neurotransmitters to avoid falling into depression.
9. Increase Energy Level
- Dancing is an activity that some people think means to do with friends at parties.
- And also, one dance class a week improves physical performance and increases energy levels.
What are the Types of Dances?
Dances occupy a special place in most cultures and societies. There are different types of hops, and they differ in many contexts, such as place of origin, rhythm, types of steps, etc.
However, we can still list some popular types of dances according to their difference in styles:
1. Ballroom Dancing
- During the first years of the Renaissance, these dances began to appear for the first time in Italy.
- Many other more straightforward and more comfortable performing dance caused the ballroom to lose some of its influence.
- And also, the modern world its audience began to resurrect these immortal dances in an ever-increasing rhythm.
- Today, ballroom dancing’s popularity is evident, given the countless shows and competitions around the world that respect dance in all its forms.
- This dance includes many other styles subcategorized in this one.
- It follows a “rise and fall pattern” where the dancers gently swing their shoulders in parallel with the floor, the movement of the feet being stretched steps.
- And also, the music follows a rhythm of ‘123-123’. It is an easy dance to learn, but at the same time entertaining.
- Today, this is known for many of its variations and the fascinating sensual and energetic movements of its style.
- It takes two for tango, and this also belongs to the American style category. Like all ballroom dancers, the man has to lead the female partner.
4. Cha Cha Cha
- This incredibly rhythmic dance designed in Latin America managed to fuse slow and very energetic movements, making it an instant hit with dancers worldwide.
- And also, it is a common form of social dance that has its origin in the Caribbean.
- It is a sensual form, an energetic movement, and an innovative choreography influenced by Mambo and Rumba that made it very popular worldwide through rapids in body movements.
- Shoulder and arm movements are also incorporated as they quickly move up and down with changes in the rib cage.
- It generally looks beautiful when performed by two capable couples who know the technique well, there is no particular uniform, and the good thing about this is that people of all ages can dance it.
- It is one of the calm Latin dances to learn and very easy to follow and do steps. The beautiful and sensual body movements are typical.
- And also, the Merengue usually to breakneck rhythms.
- This type of dance requires partners to be together in a close position; the steps are circular movements or laterally away from each other. There are many intricate steps for this dance.
- The popularity of this Cuban reception came from its focus on the dance partners’ sensual hip movements.
- The rumba use by good its everywhere offers an exciting variety that fits in a limited space. Clean, attractive, and precise footwork gives you confidence in your dance.
- And also, it will sharpen your sense of rhythm, time, and control muscular.
- It is a famous musical and dance genre that originated from the coast of Africa and Brazil’s land.
- And also, samba improves the flexibility of the body and helps to achieve easy movement and lightness.
- It is considered a good exercise, would help if you danced smoothly and relaxedly, giving the appearance of effortless movement.
It’s the kind that many of us would like to imitate, given the way the dancers glide across the floor, often a dance that portrays a story or idea. And also, classical ballet is the most formal and typical style.
Throughout the centuries, ballet has influenced many other styles and has become a fine art form in its own right. There are three basic styles:
Classic: This form peaked in 19th century France and Russia, is story-driven and orchestrated (“The Nutcracker” is a great example), with fantastic ensembles and costumes. And also, the movement emphasizes dancing on the toes, graceful expressions, and symmetry between dancers.
Neoclassic: This is an evolution of classical ballet, which emerged in the early 20th century. And also, the movements are faster and more urgent, with less emphasis on symmetry, and simple sets and costumes, the plot is non-existent. Orchestras, bands, or soloists can accompany the dancers.
Contemporary: The neoclassical, the plot push aside in favour of pure movement and physical expression, may not look like a dance at all. And also, costumes and ensemble designs are frequently abstract or straightforward. Music or sound work, if used, is contemporary or experimental.
10. Modern Dance
- It involves using many steps that are unusual and often interpret the emotions and mood of a dancer.
- And also, the dancer, in this case, is typically performed in bare feet.
- In modern dance, the choreography speaks of the emotions that need to convey.
- Lighting, costumes, and accessories used with great creativity to organize exciting and unusual sequences.
11. Belly Dance
- Belly dancing mainly dances in nightclubs and is now emerging as a new way of keeping fit, especially for ladies.
- And also, necessary steps include using circular motions across the hips, which requires one to be very flexible.
- The outfits are quite bold and revealing. And also, it sometimes pairs with face veils and embellished hip belts.
- It is a prevalent dance form. The emphasis here is on foot movements and steps that create a tapping sound.
- And also, the sound is due to the presence of metal plates on the soles of the shoes.
- Flamenco dance is a revealing dance form that combines percussion footwork with intricate hand, arm, and body movements.
- It consists of three elements: Cante (the song), the dance (the dance), and the guitar, each has its traditions, but the dance is usually closely related to its extravagant gestures and its rhythmic footprint.
- Jazz dance gained popularity in the early 20th century as any form of dance performed alongside new jazz music.
- Of great improvisation and free form, it quickly transformed into a performance that emulated elements of ballet.
- And also, today, jazz enjoys in many ways that collectively refer to as “modern jazz dance.”
- It is a popular dance form that not associate with any particular style. And also, it covers all it that have become inseparable from the traditions of the people of a specific region.
- These it generally performs at social or ritual events.
- They bring the essence of the region with which they associate. It does for pure enjoyment. In general, it involves steps that are not very difficult to learn and often include repetitive movements
Urban Styles of Dance
Among these urban styles, we find:
1. Hip Hop
- It uses instinct for movement, is a popular form of street dance and known for its originality.
- It seems to be inspired by the realistic movement style of African dance.
- And also, hip hop is avant-garde, raw, and intense. What differentiates Hip Hop from most genres is that it is freestyle and does not follow a vocabulary.
- And also, it is a style open to personal expression.
- It is another type of street dance that originated in New York City.
- Artists use hip-hop or funk music for this dance.
- Michael Jackson popularized breakdancing to a great extent.
- And also, it a relatively male-dominated type of style and characterizes by ‘dance battles’ between groups.
- And also, it requires excellent balance and strength skills.
- And also, funk dancing is incredibly diverse, and one of its famous variations of locking.
- The main trick of this hip-hop dance style is to suddenly stop and hold position (or get stuck) in the middle of dance routines for a short time, and then suddenly resume dancing.
- It requires a full-body movement, but most of the dance focuses on the upper half, preferring to use various acrobatic and physically demanding moves to augment their dance routines.
- It is another variation on the funk-themed street dance of the 60s and 70s that became popular worldwide.
- And also, the technique that dancers need to master to it the popping properly is a controlled, fast, and relaxing control of the muscles that will create the sensation of a pull throughout the body.
- It is a style of it, and party music that emerged in the late 1980s in Puerto Rico resembles twerking.
- And also, it is a dance that focuses on grinding, also known as Perreo, with one partner facing the other (usually male behind female).
The benefits of dance encompass all areas of health, including physical, mental, and emotional.
Not only does it give you a way to express yourself and have fun, but it also counts toward your cardiovascular exercise minutes for the week.
And also, so, grab a friend, join a beginner or intro class, and get moving!