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6454009a-4e2b-4ce5-bc69-95debb56f230The word Rumba is a generic term, covering a variety of names (i.e., Son, Danzon, Guagira, Guaracha, Naningo), for a type of West Indian music or dancing. The exact meaning varies from island to island. The word “rumba” comes from the verb “rumbear” which means going to parties, dancing, and having a good time.
There are two sources of the dances: one Spanish and the other African. Although the main growth was in Cuba, there were similar dance developments which took place in other Caribbean islands and in Latin America generally.


l_paso_dobleThe Paso Doble is a dance that was invented in France, though everything about it seems Spanish in nature.

This is because it is focused on the escapades of the average matador, or bull fighter, in Spain. The partner represents his cape. The movements are designed around those made by the matador as he gracefully works his way around the bull and eventually slays it.

While there hopefully isn’t any slaying in your average Paso Doble dance, it is still very important to emulate the sheer skill and gracefulness. As a result, there are few dances that appear more passionate and dramatic. It takes a lot of effort to learn, but it is worth it.

dsc_6045Jive is the faster version of the swing. Dancers use a more bouncy type movement using the balls of the feet a lot. A lot of kicks are used in jive.
Jive is an American dance that evolved from a dance called the Jitterbug by removing the lifts and acrobatic elements. The Boogie, Rock & Roll and the American Swing also influenced this dance.
Jive is a very fast, energy-consuming dance. It is the last dance danced at the competitions.
The Jive is danced to music written in 4/4 time. The same time value (6 beats in 4/4 time) is used for single, double or triple jive. The difference in rhythm is determined by the number of steps, according to the speed of music.

4319The Latin cha-cha is a very famous ballroom dance. Created in Cuba, it contains African and Cuban rhythms that meld into a Latin beat. It’s characteristic counting, one-two-three, chachaCHA! has made it famous. Read this article to learn of the history and nature of the cha-cha.
The name “cha-cha” first appeared in Haiti, where it was the name of a component of a bell. This bell was made from a plat that made a “cha-cha” noise when rubbed. Haitians quickly learned to use the bell element as an instrument to keep time as well. The “cha-cha” was, therefore, probably the first metronome to hit Haiti.

The cha-cha was actually created from the mambo, when it toured America. Several audiences complained that the mambo was too fast and jerky for their taste. Orchestras began slowing it down, and the cha-cha was created from this new beat. Therefore, the cha-cha is a mambo, slowed down about three times! Since the mambo was a fusion of jazz and Lain rhythm, the cha-cha retains these qualities. It is a sensual, energetic dance.

imagesSeni tradisional adalah unsur kesenian yang menjadi bagian hidup masyarakat dalam suatu kaum/puak/suku/bangsa tertentu.


Tradisional adalah aksi dan tingkah laku yang keluar alamiah karena kebutuhan dari nenek moyang yang terdahulu.

images3Tradisi adalah bagian dari tradisional namun bisa musnah karena ketidamauan masyarakat untuk mengikuti tradisi tersebut.

b39550373The Chinese folk dances are a part of the Chinese traditional culture and the crystallization of their national wisdom with a long history, profound contents, diverse forms and rich colours. They have always been closely connected with the common people’s ideas, labour and daily life in their evolution and development for thousands of years, thus formulating a strong connection with the people and faithfully reflecting their ideas and wishes, and accompanying their life journey.queen_dance_end_pose

Collection of Chinese Folk Dances, with Wu Xiaobang as its Editor-in-Chief, aims to record the folk dances of all ethnic groups and all regions all over China accurately, scientifically and completely, including not only their movements, music, floor patterns, costumes, and props, but also the spreading region, historical evolution, style and characteristics, relevant legend, historical account, introduction to the artists, production process, life style, as well as custom and habit, religious ritual of each dance.

ting_ribbonThe volume of each province is compiled with the same layout, and consists of summaries of local folk dances of different ethnic groups, investigation tables, and representative dances, which are categorized and edited according to the ethnic divisions, The collection is composed of 30 volumes and amounts to over 42,130,000 Chinese characters with a lot of colourful and B & W illustrations.

waltzWaltz is a smooth progressive dance characterized by long, flowing movements, continuous turns, and rise & fall. Graceful and elegant, Waltz dancers glide around the floor almost effortlessly. At 28-30 measures per minute, the tempo is slow at best, but the expressive quality of the music often invites very powerful and dynamic movement from dancers.

Waltz is by its very definition a form of music in 3/4 meter. The first beat of each measure is dominant with a strong downbeat accent, while beats two and three are lighter. Characteristically, Slow Waltz music is sweet, melodic and fluid. It is often orchestral music, mostly lacking in heavy percussion or drums, relying more on the melodic instruments to carry the rhythmic progression. The music can be vocal or instrumental.waltz_dancing_2

When first introduced into the English ballrooms in the early 1800`s, the Waltz was denounced by both church and state for its vulgarity and immorality… this was, after all, the first time society had seen this outrageous dance position, with the man holding the lady so close to his body. But the very thing that brought it such criticism also made it appealing, and the Waltz was here to stay.

Throughout its history, the Waltz has undergone many changes. Even before its introduction into society as a ballroom dance, it was a country folk dance born in the seventeenth century in the suburbs of Austria and Bavaria. By the middle of the eighteenth century, the dance had grown in popularity and spread throughout Europe.

waltz2The Waltz was introduced into the United States in the mid-1800`s. The standard Waltz tempo at this time was still very fast and quite demanding to the average dancer, and before long, composers were writing music which was much slower. From this music evolved a style of Waltz called the Boston, with slower turns, and more longer, gliding movements. While the Boston eventually faded away, it did stimulate the development of what we now know as Slow Waltz. Throughout the twentieth century, the English refined the movements and codified the technique into the competitive International style Slow Waltz.


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