A woman named Agnes De Mille once said, "Toe dancing is a dandy attention getter, second only to screaming." No matter what you might use dancing for, everyone dances. Most people see dancing as being social, expressive, cultural, or even as just a way to lose a few pounds. Even so, most people don’t realize is how many different types of dances that people use today or even how many types of dances that they do themselves. Many of those dances can be categorized as folk dancing, ballroom dance, ceremonial dance, and street dancing.
When I hear folk dancing, I think of country line dances. It may not be the first type of dance that comes to your mind. What you may not realize is that you have probably done more folk dancing than you know. Folk dancing is any type of dance that comes from a certain area or lifestyle. These dances are usually performed in a group and have certain formations. A folk dance might include dances such as the Hawaiian Hula dance, clogging, polka dance, and line dancing. Fad dances are also be a type of folk dancing. They come from a particular area or lifestyle and they do have certain steps or movements that are followed. Everyone loves a good folk dance like the YMCA, the Macarena, or the Cupid Shuffle.
Ballroom dance is an additional form of dance that most people find "unpopular." Even though it may seem uncommon to average people it is a growing type of dance around the world. Ballroom dance is a very formal dance that follows a strict tempo. Five basic holds, or positions, are used in this couple’s dance. Using the web site, about.com, I found that three of these holds are there to keep a specific placement of your hands and the other two are for contact between the shoulders and the elbows (Treva Bedinghaus). This makes ballroom dancing more structured than other types of dance. It uses a pattern of predictable steps (ezinearticles.com). The waltz and the tango are both types of a ballroom dance.
The most common type of dance in the US today is street dance, also known as a vernacular dance. This is because it is a dance formed without a choreographer and has no set steps or movements. These types of dances "place great emphases on improvisation," or free style (Nationmaster.com). But, at some points it may also be considered a folk dance. Street dances usually generate from specific areas but then are slightly changed as they spread. Street dance is also the most social type of dancing today. Relatively all club dancing and fad dances, such as the cupid shuffle, have come from this type of dance. The most common form of American street dance is break dancing. Other types are hip-hop, popping, locking, and street jazz.
Everyone knows that dance is way to be social, expressive and cultural. Many people may not realize just how many dances there really are. Some of the many types of dances are folk dance, ballroom dance, ceremonial dance, and street dance. The most popular style of dancing in the US today is street dance. It is also my personal choice in dance also. Many types of people favor it because you are able to change it in many different ways. Unlike many dances, it is a type of dance that almost everyone can relate to and enjoy. Isn’t that what dancing is about?