Dance is a complicated concept. On one hand, it can be extremely difficult, with choreography and movements that take years of practice to master. On the other hand, dance is the easiest thing in the world. Just put on some tunes and let your body flow with music. For me, dance is a release.
I’m not the most gifted dancer, but occasionally I feel the need to go out and dance the night away. It’s a release of toxins. It’s an opening to the soul. It’s all about escaping the troubles of reality and losing yourself in the moment.
Everyone has a style to choose from.
The beauty of dance is that there is a style for everyone, a style for every song. These different styles have developed throughout the years, along with the different styles of music that have evolved throughout the regions of the globe.
Dance for the Gods
Dancing can be dated back to roughly 600 B.C., when the ancient Greek would dance for their Gods. This would eventually develop into theatre dance, to entertain Greek royalty of the time. Ancient dancing can also be found in regions like India and Africa, where tribes would dance around bonfires and pray to the heavens above.
Dance and royalty
By the 16th century, dance had officially become a staple for the royal theaters throughout Europe, with ballet performances conquering the stage. By the 19th century, famous shows such as Swan Lake and The Nutcracker had taken classical music to a whole new level. In addition to the theater, dance had conquered the royal parties with classic ballroom dancing such as Waltz and Foxtrot.
Music makes you lose control
From the end of the 19th century, as the different corners of the world started to connect, the various music and dance styles started to evolve. The Mix of Latin beats with African roots gave birth to fun styles like Samba in Brazil and Mambo in Cuba. In the U.S., Jazz music and swing dancing were making waves. The 1970’s, the golden age of dance, introduced disco, salsa, hip hop and the robot!
And today, Electro music has once again changed dance, for better or worse. With this new age of music and dancing, it no longer takes two to tango, and there are no rules or movements to oblige to. Just put on a beat and let loose.
I think the late, great David Bowie put it best – Let’s Dance!