Dance

Dance
Two dancers.jpg
Originating cultureVarious
Originating eraPrehistory-Antiquity
Members of a dance routine.

Dance is a performing art form consisting of purposefully selected sequences of human movement. This movement has aesthetic and symbolic value, and is acknowledged as dance by performers and observers within a particular culture.[nb 1] Dance can be categorized and described by its choreography, by its repertoire of movements, or by its historical period or place of origin.

An important distinction is to be drawn between the contexts of theatrical and participatory dance,[4] although these two categories are not always completely separate; both may have special functions, whether social, ceremonial, competitive, erotic, martial, or sacred/liturgical. Other forms of human movement are sometimes said to have a dance-like quality, including martial arts, gymnastics, cheerleading, figure skating, synchronized swimming, marching bands, and many other forms of athletics.

Performance and participation

Members of an American jazz dance company perform a formal group routine in a concert dance setting

Theatrical dance, also called performance or concert dance, is intended primarily as a spectacle, usually a performance upon a stage by virtuoso dancers. It often tells a story, perhaps using mime, costume and scenery, or else it may simply interpret the musical accompaniment, which is often specially composed. Examples are western ballet and modern dance, Classical Indian dance and Chinese and Japanese song and dance dramas. Most classical forms are centred upon dance alone, but performance dance may also appear in opera and other forms of musical theatre.

Participatory dance, on the other hand, whether it be a folk dance, a social dance, a group dance such as a line, circle, chain or square dance, or a partner dance such as is common in western Western ballroom dancing, is undertaken primarily for a common purpose, such as social interaction or exercise, of participants rather than onlookers. Such dance seldom has any narrative. A group dance and a corps de ballet, a social partner dance and a pas de deux, differ profoundly. Even a solo dance may be undertaken solely for the satisfaction of the dancer. Participatory dancers often all employ the same movements and steps but, for example, in the rave culture of electronic dance music, vast crowds may engage in free dance, uncoordinated with those around them. On the other hand, some cultures lay down strict rules as to the particular dances in which, for example, men, women and children may or must participate.

Other Languages
Afrikaans: Dans
Alemannisch: Tanz
አማርኛ: ጭፈራ
العربية: رقص
aragonés: Danza
asturianu: Danza
Avañe'ẽ: Jeroky
Aymar aru: Thuquña
azərbaycanca: Rəqs
bamanankan: Dɔnke
বাংলা: নৃত্য
Bahasa Banjar: Igal
Bân-lâm-gú: Thiàu-bú
башҡортса: Бейеү
беларуская: Танцы
беларуская (тарашкевіца)‎: Танец
български: Танц
Boarisch: Danz
བོད་ཡིག: ཞབས་བྲོ།
bosanski: Ples
brezhoneg: Dañs
català: Dansa
Cebuano: Sayaw
čeština: Tanec
chiShona: Kudzana
corsu: Baddu
Cymraeg: Dawns
dansk: Dans
Deutsch: Tanz
eesti: Tants
Ελληνικά: Χορός
español: Danza
Esperanto: Danco
estremeñu: Bailaus
euskara: Dantza
فارسی: رقص
Fiji Hindi: Dance
français: Danse
Frysk: Dûns
furlan: Bal
Gaeilge: Damhsa
Gaelg: Daunse
Gàidhlig: Dannsa
galego: Danza
贛語: 舞蹈
한국어:
Hawaiʻi: Hulahula
հայերեն: Պար
हिन्दी: नृत्य
hrvatski: Ples
Ido: Danso
Ilokano: Sala
বিষ্ণুপ্রিয়া মণিপুরী: নৃত্যকলা
Bahasa Indonesia: Tari
interlingua: Dansa
Interlingue: Dansa
ᐃᓄᒃᑎᑐᑦ/inuktitut: ᒧᒥᖅᑐᖅ
íslenska: Dans
italiano: Danza
עברית: ריקוד
Kabɩyɛ: Payɛ
kalaallisut: Taparneq
ಕನ್ನಡ: ನೃತ್ಯ
ქართული: ცეკვა
कॉशुर / کٲشُر: نَژُن
kaszëbsczi: Tuńc
қазақша: Би (өнер)
Kiswahili: Dansi
Kreyòl ayisyen: Dans
kurdî: Dans
Кыргызча: Бий
Latina: Saltatio
latviešu: Deja
Lëtzebuergesch: Danz
lietuvių: Šokis
Limburgs: Dans
lingála: Mabína
Lingua Franca Nova: Dansa
Livvinkarjala: Tansi
la .lojban.: dansu
magyar: Tánc
македонски: Танц
മലയാളം: നൃത്തം
Malti: Żfin
मराठी: नृत्य
مصرى: رقص
مازِرونی: سما
Bahasa Melayu: Tarian
Mirandés: Beilado
монгол: Бүжиг
မြန်မာဘာသာ: ကခုန်ခြင်း
Nāhuatl: Mihtotiliztli
Nederlands: Dans
Nedersaksies: Daans
नेपाली: नृत्य
नेपाल भाषा: हुला प्याखं
日本語: ダンス
Napulitano: Ballo
Nordfriisk: Daans
norsk: Dans
norsk nynorsk: Dans
Nouormand: Dans'sie
Novial: Danso
occitan: Dança
oʻzbekcha/ўзбекча: Raqs
ਪੰਜਾਬੀ: ਡਾਂਸ
Pangasinan: Sayaw
پنجابی: ناچ
Papiamentu: Baila
Patois: Daans
Picard: Danse
Plattdüütsch: Danz
polski: Taniec
português: Dança
română: Dans
Runa Simi: Tusuy
русиньскый: Танець
русский: Танец
саха тыла: Үҥкүү
ᱥᱟᱱᱛᱟᱲᱤ: ᱮᱱᱮᱡ
संस्कृतम्: नृत्यम्
Scots: Dance
shqip: Vallëzimi
sicilianu: Abballu
Simple English: Dance
slovenčina: Tanec
slovenščina: Ples
کوردی: سەما
српски / srpski: Плес
srpskohrvatski / српскохрватски: Ples
Basa Sunda: Ibing
suomi: Tanssi
svenska: Dans
Tagalog: Sayaw
தமிழ்: நடனம்
తెలుగు: నాట్యము
тоҷикӣ: Рақс
Türkçe: Dans
українська: Танець
اردو: رقص
vèneto: Bało
Tiếng Việt: Múa
Võro: Tands
walon: Danse
Winaray: Sayaw
吴语: 舞蹈
ייִדיש: טאנץ
粵語:
Zazaki: Dans
žemaitėška: Šuokis
中文: 舞蹈