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Types of Dance

7 Worst Dance Fads of All Time

Like all other trends, dance fads come and go. And while some dance fads are really entertaining and have longevity, others are just meant to be temporary. In fact, many people dislike certain dance fads from the start, so it is no wonder that they fade away quite quickly. If you want to take a look back at some of the worst dance fads of all time, read on....(more)

Learn to Dance the Cha Cha

The Cha Cha is one of the most popular Latin American dances. It is considered a social dance. The Cha Cha is fun, upbeat, and full of energy. Like any other dance, there are a few things you should know about it that can help you improve your skill level....(more)

Different Types of Hip Hop Dancing

There are many different types of dance that have achieved certain status within different parts of artistic culture. Hip hop dancing, while coming from unconventional origins, has achieved its own standing within the dance community. Though many people do not know this, there are different styles of dancing within the larger category of hip hop. The following is a list of these styles....(more)

Square Dancing: A History and Examination

Square dancing is a form of dance performed in a group setting, by multiple dancing partners. Though square dance is often a term used to describe a wide range of dance styles or a generic form of communal dancing, square dance actually describes a specific set of dance steps and movements performed by a group of people. Square dance is defined, given a background, and given a specific set of names below, offering a deeper look into the origins of square dance, where it is practiced, and what qualifies a dance for inclusion under the umbrella of "square dance."...(more)

Choreography

How to Create a Dance: Composition 101

Steps on how to create the dance you see inside of your head....(more)

Directing the Dance: Modern Dance Choreography

A dance performance faces challenges that a musical or opera doesn't. It's necessary to communicate themes, ideas, and even perhaps a story to the audience without using words. The only way to pass on this information is through the movements of the dancers and their relation to the music. It takes skill and care to achieve this. That skill belongs to the choreographer. When we watch a performance it's the dancers we see, and it's easy to forget that behind them lies hours of meticulous planning. Modern dance choreography is not an easy job -- the whole success of a dance routine rests on it....(more)

An Introduction to Balanchine Choreography

Although you can do ballet dancing that is impromptu or made up in the moment, most of the time, you'll be working off of choreography, which is just a series of preplanned dance moves. In the United States, the name George Balanchine is virtually synonymous with good, contemporary routines. Seen more as a style than a technique, Balanchine choreography has very specific characteristics that set it apart. It is incredibly popular; Balanchine is known in the dance world as "the father of modern ballet." Read on to learn more about this type of choreography....(more)

Ballet

5 Tips for a Quick and Easy Ballet Bun

The ballet bun hairstyle is required in all ballet classes. We have 5 tips that will help you get your hair up in no time....(more)

Schools of Ballet

There are 3 different schools or methods in ballet. In this article, we discuss the Russian (Vaganova) School, the French School, and the Cecchetti Method....(more)

Exercises at the Ballet Barre

If you have never been to a ballet class and you're thinking of going, you need to know what to expect. We have created a list of ballet barre exercises you can expect to see. ...(more)

Sheena Jeffers is a dance educator and writer from Virginia. She has a Bachelor of Arts in English, and a Bachelor of Science in Mass Communications from Virginia Commonwealth University, where she was also a member of the VCU Dance Team. She is completing her Master of Science in Education,... Read More

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