Do you love to Tango? Then we will take you through the steps and introduce you to the origin of some wonderful dance forms from around the world.
Sufi whirling is a form of active meditation and a spiritual dance which originated in Turkey during the 12th century. Sufi whirling signifies giving up one's ego and surrendering to god completely. The right hand directs to the sky, receiving blessings from god; while the left hand is faced downwards showing a connection to the Earth.
Kabuki is a Dance-drama and an important cultural heritage of Japan. During the 17th century, a priestess named Izumo no Okuni, introduced an unique form of dance which also gained popularity in the neighbouring regions, and was named Kabuki. Kabuki has two different forms: Kabuki kyougen, a plain historical drama without any dance and Kabuki buyou, a complete dance drama.
Cha Cha Cha or just Cha-Cha is a Cuban partner dance that originated during the 1950's. It gets its name from the beautiful sound the shuffling feet make against the ground during the dance. The unique style of the dance has garnered attention from dance enthusiasts around the world.
In China, a festive celebration is incomplete without a Dragon dance. Dragons, a symbol in China, are associated with good luck. Larger colorful dragons are crafted for the festivities, as larger dragons ensure a larger share of luck.
Rumba is a fast-paced couple dance style created by the Afro-Cubans in Cuba during the 19th century. It is a mix of different dance forms from Africa. Once Rumba gained recognition in USA, it was modified into the American Rumba - which is comparatively slower.
Bharatanatyam, one of the classical dance forms of India originated in the region of Tamil Nadu. The word Bharathanatyam is a combination of several words that together mean a dance of emotions, melody and rhythm. Earlier, this dance was solely performed by women inside the city temples but today men also are included in the stage performances.
Flamenco is a passionate dance form that has its origins in the Southern part of Spain. The word Flamenco is not just used for the dance but also for the music as well. A Flamenco dance is incomplete without the clapping of hands which they call - Toque de Palmas.
The birth of Ballet took place in Italy during the Italian Renaissance period and it soon spread to the neighbourhoods of France and Russia - where it was then crafted as a concert dance. The elegance and the hard work required in Ballet has made it one of the toughest dance forms currently.
Tango is a couple dance that originated in the mid-nineteenth century at the borders of Uruguay and Argentina. Argentine Tango is a fusion of African and European dance styles, and was the source of self-entertainment for the middle class of Argentina. Tango is in the list of UNESCO's Intangible Cultural Heritage.
Khmer dance is a Royal ballet of Cambodia and is predominantly a performance art. The tremendous coordination between the dancers and the elegant hand gestures combined together evoke stunning visuals. It is also known by the name Apsara - meaning a female spirit of Water and Air.
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