Outline of Dance
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Outline of Dance

The following outline is provided as an overview of and topical guide to dance:

Dance - human movement either used as a form of expression or presented in a social, spiritual or performance setting. Choreography is the art of making dances, and the person who does this is called a choreographer. Definitions of what constitutes dance are dependent on social, cultural, aesthetic, artistic and moral constraints and range from functional movement (such as Folk dance) to codified, virtuoso techniques such as ballet. A great many dances and dance styles are performed to dance music.

What type of thing is dance?

Dance (also called "dancing") can be described as all of the following:

  • an activity or behavior
    • one of the arts - a creative endeavor or discipline.
      • one of the performing arts - art performed for an audience and existing in time rather than as a permanent object.
    • Hobby - regular activity or interest that is undertaken for pleasure, typically done during one's leisure time.
    • Exercise - bodily activity that enhances or maintains physical fitness and overall health and wellness.
    • Recreation - leisure time activity
  • Motion - change in position over time.

Types of dance

Type of dance - a particular dance or dance style. There are many varieties of dance. Dance categories are not mutually exclusive. For example, tango is traditionally a partner dance. While it is mostly social dance, its ballroom form may be competitive dance, as in DanceSport. At the same time it is enjoyed as performance dance, whereby it may well be a solo dance.

Dance genres

Dance styles by number of interacting dancers

  • Solo dance - a dance danced by an individual dancing alone.
  • Partner dance - dance with just 2 dancers, dancing together. In most partner dances, one, typically a man, is the leader; the other, typically a woman, is the follower. As a rule, they maintain connection with each other. In some dances the connection is loose and called dance handhold. In other dances the connection involves body contact.
  • Group dance - dance danced by a group of people simultaneously. Group dances are generally, but not always, coordinated or standardized in such a way that all the individuals in the group are dancing the same steps at the same time. Alternatively, various groups within the larger group may be dancing different, but complementary, parts of the larger dance.

Dance styles by main purpose

Geography of dance (by region)

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Benin o Burkina Faso o Cape Verde o Côte d'Ivoire o Gambia o Ghana o Guinea o Guinea-Bissau o Liberia o Mali o Mauritania o Niger o Nigeria o Senegal o Sierra Leone o Togo
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Algeria o Egypt o Libya o Mauritania o Morocco o Sudan o South Sudan oTunisia o Western Sahara
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Angola o Burundi o Cameroon o Central African Republic o Chad o The Democratic Republic of the Congo o Equatorial Guinea o Gabon o Republic of the Congo o Rwanda o São Tomé and Príncipe
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Burundi o Comoros o Djibouti o Eritrea o Ethiopia o Kenya o Madagascar o Malawi o Mauritius o Mozambique o Rwanda o Seychelles o Somalia o Tanzania o Uganda o Zambia o Zimbabwe
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Botswana o Lesotho o Namibia o South Africa o Swaziland
Mayotte (France) o St. Helena (UK) o Puntland o Somaliland o Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic
Central Asia
Kazakhstan o Kyrgyzstan o Tajikistan o Turkmenistan o Uzbekistan
East Asia
Hong Kong o Macau
Japan o North Korea o South Korea o Mongolia o Taiwan
North Asia
Southeast Asia
Brunei o Burma (Myanmar) o Cambodia o East Timor (Timor-Leste) o Indonesia o Laos o Malaysia o Philippines o Singapore o Thailand o Vietnam
South Asia
Afghanistan o Bangladesh o Bhutan o Iran o Maldives o Nepal o Pakistan o Sri Lanka
West Asia
Armenia o Azerbaijan o Bahrain o Cyprus (including disputed Northern Cyprus) o Georgia o Iraq o Israel o Jordan o Kuwait o Lebanon o Oman o Palestinian territories Qatar o Saudi Arabia o Syria o Turkey o United Arab Emirates o Yemen
Caucasus (a region considered to be in both Asia and Europe, or between them)
North Caucasus
Parts of Russia (Chechnya, Ingushetia, Dagestan, Adyghea, Kabardino-Balkaria, Karachai-Cherkessia, North Ossetia, Krasnodar Krai, Stavropol Krai)
South Caucasus
Georgia (including disputed Abkhazia, South Ossetia) o Armenia o Azerbaijan (including disputed Nagorno-Karabakh Republic)
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Akrotiri and Dhekelia o Åland o Albania o Andorra o Armenia o Austria o Azerbaijan o Belarus o Belgium o Bosnia and Herzegovina o Bulgaria o Croatia o Cyprus o Czech Republic o Denmark o Estonia o Faroe Islands o Finland o France o Georgia o Germany o Gibraltar o Greece o Guernsey o Hungary o Iceland o Ireland o Isle of Man o Italy o Jersey o Kazakhstan o Kosovo o Latvia o Liechtenstein o Lithuania o Luxembourg o Macedonia o Malta o Moldova (including disputed Transnistria) o Monaco o Montenegro o Netherlands o Poland o Portugal o Romania o Russia o San Marino o Serbia o Slovakia o Slovenia o
Autonomous communities of Spain: Catalonia
Sweden o Switzerland o Turkey o Ukraine
United Kingdom
England o Northern Ireland o Scotland o Wales
Vatican City
European Union
North America
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Provinces of Canada: o Alberta o British Columbia o Manitoba o New Brunswick o Newfoundland and Labrador o Nova Scotia o Ontario (Toronto) o Prince Edward Island o Quebec o Saskatchewan
Territories of Canada: Northwest Territories o Nunavut o Yukon
Greenland o Saint Pierre and Miquelon
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Central America
Belize o Costa Rica o El Salvador o Guatemala o Honduras o Nicaragua o Panama
Anguilla o Antigua and Barbuda o Aruba o Bahamas o Barbados o Bermuda o British Virgin Islands o Cayman Islands o Cuba o Dominica o Dominican Republic o Grenada o Haiti o Jamaica o Montserrat o Netherlands Antilles o Puerto Rico o Saint Barthélemy o Saint Kitts and Nevis o Saint Lucia o Saint Martin o Saint Vincent and the Grenadines o Trinidad and Tobago o Turks and Caicos Islands o United States Virgin Islands
Oceania (includes the continent of Australia)
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Dependencies/Territories of Australia
Christmas Island o Cocos (Keeling) Islands o Norfolk Island
New Zealand
Fiji o Indonesia (Oceanian part only) o New Caledonia (France) o Papua New Guinea o Solomon Islands o Vanuatu o
Federated States of Micronesia o Guam (USA) o Kiribati o Marshall Islands o Nauru o Northern Mariana Islands (USA) o Palau o Wake Island (USA) o
American Samoa (USA) o Chatham Islands (NZ) o Cook Islands (NZ) o Easter Island (Chile) o French Polynesia (France) o Hawaii (USA) o Loyalty Islands (France) o Niue (NZ) o Pitcairn Islands (UK) o Adamstown o Samoa o Tokelau (NZ) o Tonga o Tuvalu o Wallis and Futuna (France)
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Argentina o Bolivia o Brazil o Chile o Colombia o Ecuador o Falkland Islands o Guyana o Paraguay o Peru o Suriname o Uruguay o Venezuela
South Atlantic
Ascension Island o Saint Helena o Tristan da Cunha

History of dance

History of dance

Dance technique

Dance culture

Dance science

Dance science

Dance organizations

Dance-related media

Books about dance


See also

External links

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