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Western Dance Forms

General Knowledge | 7-14 yrs | Animation, Video

5 Types of Western Dance

1. Hip-Hop Dance

This is done to hip-hop music. It is a street dancing style. This dance has moves which are close to the ground. Balancing your body on your hands and head is an essential part of this dance.

2. Break Dancing

This was made famous by Michael Jackson. It consists of many acrobatic and gymnastic movements.

3. Ballet

Ballet originated in Italy in the fifteenth century. The dance is performed on classical music. It involves dancing on your tip-toes, known as pointe work.

4. Salsa

The Salsa originated in Cuba and Puerto Rico. It is performed on salsa or Latin-American music. Salsa dancing involves the shifting of body weight using the feet. The upper body remains straight

5. Tap Dancing

A tapping sound is created by the metal plates on the dancer’s shoe, in the ball and heel position. Dancers move on a hard surface to make different sounds. So, they are also thought to be musicians. This dance was first performed in the 1800s.

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