Friday, 19 June 2015

The Metamorphosis Of Ballroom Dance Style Over Generations


Ballroom Dance is a couple dance form that is commonly staged in an upscale society events. The name is derived from the Latin word ‘ball’ meaning ‘to dance’. This form of dance dates back to the 12th century and was popularly referred by Shakespeare as cinq-pace meaning five steps dance. In the 17th century, this dance was known as Minuet after King Louis XIV embraced this dance form. The Minuet is popular across the globe. In fact, King Louis XIV founded an academy to popularize this dance form especially the five steps of the feet. Till the end of the Victorian era, this dance form was practiced integrated with ballet dancing.

The Waltz is a contemporary ballroom dancing form that was prominently seen after the Victorian era. It was during this period that a number of ballroom dance forms were devised. Some of them include Mazurka, Polka, and Schottische. Post 19th century the Jazz and Jive were prominent on the dance front. During this time, the Waltz was modified slightly where the couples were given some free movement. Salsa is also another fast dance form that has made it to the charts and is practiced all over the globe. Some of the other ballroom dance forms include Tango, Viennese, Swing, Foxtrot, and Quickstep. Latin dance forms like Samba, Jive, ChaChaCha, Passo Doble are also popular. In the 19th century, ballroom dance took over a new transformation with competitions give a new dimension to this art. The need for dance teachers became imperative, and The Imperial Society of Dance Teachers was formed.

Despite a variety of ballroom dance forms available each has its own style, character, beauty, distinctiveness, and technique. This is not all the ballroom category also has night club dance styles like West Coast Swing, Merengue, Lindy Hop and Nightclub Two Step. Well known ballroom dance forms in Brazil include Forro, Pagoda, Lambada and more. The ballroom dance costume is very professional that comes with a tailcoat and bowtie for men and full gowns for women. Recently tuxedos and vests have replaced the tail suit. The Latin apparel for women include short skirts and for men tight trousers and shirts that can display the body movements elegantly.

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