Music and Dance
GENERAL KNOWLEDGE (WORLD)
MUSIC AND DANCES
Kizomba is one of most popular styles of dance and music in the lusophone African countries. Sung in Portuguese or Portuguese Creole, it is a genre of music with a Euro-centric romantic flow mixed with African rhythm sections. The kizomba dancing style is also very sensual.
Kizomba is native to Angola, with influences from other lusophone countries. It is also performed in other lusophone African countries and Portugal.
Er Ren Zhuan is a local folk dance from Northeast China (Manchuria). It usually consists of two people, a boy and a girl. They sing as well as dance, using folded fans during the dancing portion.
Yang Ge Yang Ge is a style of dance very popular in the north China countryside.
Dancers typically use a red silk ribbon around the waist and swing the body to music. In different areas Yang Ge are done in different styles but all express happiness.
Hasapiko is a Greek traditional dance. The dance originated among members of the Butcher's Guild in Constantinople in Byzantine times .There is a fast and slow version of the dance.
Czardas is a traditional Hungarian folk dance. It is of Magyar and Roma origin. The word is pronounced char'dash.The dancers are both male and female
Irish Stepdancing is a type of recreational and competitive folk dance that has been recently popularized by the world-famous "Riverdance" and "Lord of the Dance". The dance form has its roots in Ireland.
- East Indian
Bhangra is both a lively dance which is from the region of Punjab, now divided between North India and Pakistan, and the musical accompaniment to the dance. A variety of popular music, also called Bhangra, has developed from these traditions and has a keen youth following around the world.
The Bihu dance is a folk dance from the Indian state of Assam related to the festival of Bihu. This joyous dance is performed by both young men and women.
Baris is a traditional dance of Bali, in which a solo dancer depicts the feelings of a young warrior prior to battle. Originally, Baris was performed as a religious ritual.
Joged is a a flirtatious dance often performed at festivals and parties from the Island of Bali in Indonesia. The dance is typically accompanied by a gamelan ensemble of bamboo instruments called a gamelan joged bumbung.
Kabuki is a form of traditional Japanese theater. Kabuki theater is known for the stylization of its drama and for the elaborate make-up worn by its performers.
Para Para is a Japanese form of solo popular dance. Today, Para Para dancing is known throughout the world, especially the Pacific Rim.
Yosakoi is a unique style of dance that originated in Japan
- Latin American Dances
Bachata is a form of music and dance that originated in the countryside and rural
marginal neighborhoods of the Dominican Republic. Over time, it has been influenced by merengue – a fast paced dancable music also native to the Dominican Republic - and by a variety of Latin American guitar styles from Cuba, Puerto Rico, Mexico, and Colombia.
Cumbia is originally a Colombian folk dance and dance music.
Merengue is a type of lively, joyful music and dance that comes from the Dominican Republic.
Salsa is a partner dance form that corresponds to salsa music, however it is sometimes done solo too. The word is the same as the Spanish word salsa meaning sauce, or in this case flavour or style. Salsa is one of the main dances in Puerto Rico and is known world-wide.
Tango is a social dance form that originated in Buenos Aires, Argentina and Montevideo,Uruguay. The Argentine tango is regarded as the "authentic" tango since it is closest to that originally danced in Buenos Aires, Argentina and Montevideo, Uruguay.
Samba is a lively, rhythmical dance of Brazilian origin under the Samba music.
- Middle Eastern
Belly dance is a Western name coined for a style of dance developed in the
Middle East and other Arabic-influenced areas. In the Arabic language it is known as Raqs Sharqi and in Turkish as Oryantal dansı, which is translated as "Dance of the East".
- Northern American Folk Dance
Fancy dance, or "pan-Indian dancing", is a style of dance originally created by members of the Lakota peoples around the turn of the 20th Century in an attempt to preserve their culture and religion at a time when practicing it was largely illegal. It is loosely based on the sacred Sun and War dances.
Hula is a dance form accompanied by chant or song. It was developed in the Hawaiian Islands by the Polynesians who originally settled there. The chant or song is called a mele. The hula dramatizes or comments on the mele.
Modern Western square dance, like traditional square dance, is directed by a square dance caller. In modern Western square dance the caller strings together a sequence of individual square dance calls to make a figure or sequence.
Khorovod is an art form of Eastern Slavs, a combination of a circle dance and chorus singing, similar to Chorea of ancient Greece.
Flamenco is a song, music and dance style which is strongly influenced by the Gitanos, but which has its deeper roots in Moorish and Jewish musical traditions.
Karsilama is a Turkish dance. It is also known in Greece under the name Antikrystos. Both words mean "face-to-face greeting" in the respective languages. Karsilamas is a couple dance that is still danced in every corner of the once great Ottoman empire, from Persia to Serbia.