DanceSports the nature of dance

Tuesday, May 9, 2017
DanceSports the nature of dance


"While classic ballroom dances like the Foxtrot and the Waltz are at the origin of what has become a challenging sport, many other styles have been added over the past 100 years. The reasons for continued evolution lie in the nature of dance.

The observation dates back to 1927! It was made by Victor Silvester, an Englishman, musician, dancer, and a pioneer in giving the definite shape to what was to become programme for the match of skills and style on the parquet.

In 1929, British dance teachers defined the norms of an “English" style for the most popular ballroom dances. Maybe for the lack of alternatives, "English" soon prevailed on the continent as well and was eventually adopted as the “International Style” everywhere.

Latin dances with their vibrant energy were next to find acceptance by enthusiasts around the globe. Then it was Swing, then Rock 'n' Roll, then ... The rhythms of time, together with all the other factors Silvester had described in 1927, will certainly continue to influence dance forever.

A look at the list of dance styles in which competitions are staged today confirms that DanceSport has kept abreast of the evolution.

How dance and dance styles developed, and continue to develop, at different times and in different cultures is best traced through scholarly works on the subject."

 Source World DanceSport Dance Styles

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