Charleston, Locking, Popping, Twerk, Breakdance, Krump, Carlton, Robot….
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.
- Argentine 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 BrazilianFrevo, 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.
- Disco – Most Disco dances have strong roots in Swing, Samba, Cha Cha, Mambo, Merengue, Fox Trot and Tango.
- 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 styles.
- 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.
- 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 America generally.
- 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.
- 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.
~ Courtesy Central Home