POPULAR DANCE STYLES
Below are some of the most popular dance styles today. A lot of current movies, like “Center Stage: Turn it Up” and "Make it Happen," and tv dance competitions, like "So You Think You Can Dance,” actually showcase different dance styles. Professional dancers are usually trained and skilled in a particular dance style like the ballroom dancers on ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars”. But many other dancers practice many different dance styles.
HIP HOP DANCE
Hip hop dancing or “street” dancing, includes breaking, popping, locking and krumping, freestyle, funk and even house dance. Today, many dance studios have hip hop classes for children as young as 5. And because of blockbuster success, movies like “You Got Served”, “Step Up”, “Center Stage” are coming out with sequels. Read more >
Ballet dancing is broken down into three main forms: classical ballet, neoclassical, and contemporary. Ballet dancers must be disciplined and highly trained, usually from childhood, as early as the age of four. Some dance companies, such as the New York City Ballet Company and Russia’s Bolshoi Company even travel around the world to perform.
The recent Hollywood movie “Center Stage: Turn it Up” mixes ballet and hip hop styles.
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Jazz dancing is a form of self-expression. Even though it mixes different dance styles, each dancer must rely heavily on originality and improvisation. It is commonly taught in dance schools and performed by dance companies around the world. Jazz dancers also perform in music videos, in competitive dance competitions, on the television show, “So You Think You Can Dance,” and the new movie “Make it Happen,” which mixes jazz dance and hip hop styles. Read more >
The name tap dance comes from the tapping sound made when metal plates on the dancer's shoes touches a hard surface. From Spanish flamenco dancers to Stomp dancing in Ireland tap dancers perform in many shows, festivals, and tv dance competitions like "So You Think You Can Dance." Read more >
Ballroom dancing refers to a set of partner dances in which two individuals, a "leader" and a "follower" dance together in synchronized steps and turns. Today, formal competitions, sometimes referred to as DanceSport, take place worldwide and are open to ballroom dancers of all levels. Even the International Olympic Committee now recognizes competitive ballroom dance. ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars” which features regular actors and actresses being trained by professional ballroon dancers is one of the highest rated shows on TV . Read more >
Salsa dancing is a popular form of Latin ballroom dance style. Salsa dancers can be seen on music videos, on TV shows like “Dancing with the Stars” and “You Think You Can Dance” and in movies like "Take the Lead" which mixes salsa and hip hop. Read more >
Swing dance is a lively dance style in which couples swing, spin and jump together to fast-paced music. It uses a lot of jazz steps. All these styles are sometime seen in period movies, such as "Grease." Swing dance is very popular in a lot of competitions. Read more >
Go-Go dancers are mostly women and are employed to entertain crowds. Go-go dancers right away started to appear on TV shows. Beginning in 1965, NBC’s Hullabaloo and ABC’s Shindig! used caged go-go girls in their musical variety series in the. They are still used in TV shows around the world, like the Sex Bomb Girls and the Viva Hotbabes from the Philippines. Aside from nightclubs, casinos, and TV, go-go dancers are also hired to be in music videos or to perform in the background during live music shows. Read more >
Folk dance refers to a variety of ethnic and traditional dances developed by groups or communities around the world. Folk dances are often performed at social and cultural events, and local dance competitions. Read more
Modern dance is a expressionist style of dancing. Like jazz dance, it focuses on creative self-expression. Because modern dance has no bounderies and covers many forms, such as freestyle and contemporary dance, it is one of the most widely seen in concert and theatre performances and amateur dance competitions. Read more >
A line dance is a choreographed dance. A group of individual line dancers repeat a sequence of dance steps and movements at the same time. Most line dances are fairly simple, like the Electric Slide and the Macarena. Read more >
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As dance movies, dance TV shows, and dance competitions are becoming more and more popular, the demand for dancers in the entertainment industry is at its highest. Before heading out to those dance auditions, dancers should get all the advice they can get. Being as prepared as you can be will help any dancer do their best at those dance auditions. Read more >