History of Dance

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The history of dance is rich and varied, thanks to the celebration of this art form all over the world. From the simple roots of folk dance to the sparkly sizzle of salsa, each dance genre has its own unique past that has formed it into what it is today.

Take, for example, the origins of contemporary dance. While still a relatively new dance style, the foundations of contemporary dance are drawn from other dance genres such as ballet and jazz. Not only does contemporary dance have its own history, but it is formed from the beautiful creations from other backgrounds.

What Does History Include?

When reading an article on LTK about the history of dance, you will often find a few key topics:

  • The beginning of the style
  • Notable individuals who contributed to it
  • Any social or cultural significance
  • How the specific genre has evolved

A report on the history of dance can include many other things, but you will often find this skeleton of facts in every article you read.

Making History Today

Many of today's dancers will be the history makers of tomorrow. Ballroom dancing, for example, will surely include a mention of the choreographers and performers in popular events such as Dancing with the Stars and So You Think You Can Dance, which have become international phenomenon.

Going even deeper into the future, the youngest of dancers just learning their first steps today in studios across the nation will surely make their mark in dance history at some point, as many aspiring dancers are just starting out on the road toward stardom and great recognition.

History of Dance