Dance Genre Buzz : The Gravity Defying, Fast Paced Splendor Of Ukrainian Dance

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Ukrainian dance is a fast-paced, high energy carnival ride of leaps, kicks, twirls and bright colors. Much of what the world sees today as Ukrainian dance, however, is only part of the rich traditions of the Ukraine. Dance has been a part of what is […] Read more »

Dance Genre Buzz : The Vocative And Visual Devotion Of Indian Classical Dance Bharata Natyam

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At our annual SHOWCASE on Sunday, March 30th,  attendees were treated to the visual and sonic pleasure of Navatman Dance who proudly displayed the traditional Indian dance known as Bharata Natyam.  For this month’s Dance Genre Buzz, we decided to delve deeper into this particular […] Read more »

Dance Genre Buzz : The American Swing Out Sensation Of The Lindy Hop!

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The Lindy Hop is an American dance that evolved in Harlem, New York City in the 1920s and 1930s and originally evolved with the jazz music of that time. Lindy was a fusion of many dances that preceded it or were popular during its development […] Read more »

Dance Genre Buzz : A Trot Through The History Of Traditional Russian Folk Dance

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  In honor of the Winter Olympics in Sochi, we decided to look to Mother Russia for a few dance lessons and a walk through the rich history of Traditional Russian folk dance, its various incarnations and character.   Traditional Russian folk dance is as […] Read more »

Genre Buzz : Have You Ever Heard Of Estonian Folk Dancing?

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Quite a departure from our two previous Genre Buzz entries for House Dancing and Voguing, we travel across The Baltic Sea to Estonia, whose neighboring countries include Russia, Latvia and Finland, for our next dance style highlight!   For the very first time, an Estonian folk […] Read more »

Genre Buzz : The Magnificent Evolution of Vogue Dance From Underground To Mainstream

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Pushed right out into people’s faces back in 1990 (and hinted at in 1989 when she performed ‘Express Yourself’ at The VMA’s that year), Madonna took the wildly and intentionally  arrogant and in your face style of dancing called “Voguing” and made it a household […] Read more »

Genre Buzz : House Dance, One Of The Greatest Examples Of Social Dancing

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House is a social dance style primarily performed to house music that has roots in the clubs of Chicago and of New York. House dance is often improvisational and emphasizes fast, complex foot-oriented steps, combined with fluid torso movements as well as floor work.House dance […] Read more »

Dance Genre Buzz : The Bolivian Morenada (Dance of the Black Slaves)

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  In this issue of STEPS! we will be exploring traditional dance of Bolivian Morenada. Watch out for this traditional dance in the 7th annual Dance Parade on May 18th, 2013! The Morenada (Dance of the Black Slaves) is a music and dance style from […] Read more »

Dance Genre Buzz : The Colourful Celebration of Mexican Carnival!

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  In this issue of STEPS! we will be exploring the celebration and traditions of Mexican Carnival. Watch out for traditional Carnival Dancers in this weekend’s International Dance Day fundraiser, as well as at the 7th annual Dance Parade on May 18th, 2013!   Carnival […] Read more »

Dance Genre Buzz : The Flourishing Tradition of Modern Western Square Dancing

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In this issue of STEPS! we will be exploring the American classic of Modern Western Square Dance. Watch out for this traditional style in our upcoming International Dance Day fundraiser as well as at the 7th annual Dance Parade on May 18th, 2013!   Find […] Read more »

Dance Genre Buzz : The Sensual and Romantic Kizomba!

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For our next Dance Genre Buzz, we explore Kizomba, one of the most popular genres of dance and music originating in Angola.   This genre is noted for its slow, romantic, and sensual characteristics. Read on to learn more about this ornate style of dance!     Kizomba is one of […] Read more »

Dance Genre Buzz : The Fiery Passion of Flamenco

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For our next Dance Genre Buzz, we will be exploring the popular Spanish style of Flamenco Dance! This genre of dance will be well represented by Dance Parade this year. Be sure to check them out as they join us on International Dance Day, as […] Read more »

Dance Genre Buzz : The Elegant Courtship Dance of “The Marinera” of Peru

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We’ve all heard of “when pigs fly”… but how about when horses dance? Well in this issue of STEPS! we will be exploring just that. We are highlighting a style of dance that will be well represented in Dance Parade with a float, live band, […] Read more »

Dance Genre Buzz : TAP, A Style Of Dance And A Form Of Music All In One

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Each month, a new dance style is celebrated. View videos and learn about the heritage and history of different dance styles.  This month we celebrate “Tap” and indulge in its history and tradition as well as its remarkable ability to capture the passion of people […] Read more »

Dance Genre Buzz : The Origins of “The Conga”

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Dance Genre Buzz : The Origins of “The Conga” Once a month, Dance Parade explores the origins and the various transformations of a different dance genre.  With major help from Wikipedia, we bring you the festive “Conga” which, like most cultural dances, comes from a […] Read more »

Dance Genre Buzz – Bill Shannon’s Stepping-Roll

Dance Genre Buzz – Bill Shannon’s Stepping-Roll technique Bill Shannon is an artist who has created a unique movement style; a skate/dance hybrid, called the Stepping-Roll technique.  Influenced by breakdancing, hip-hop, silent film aesthetics and disability culture, Shannon’s unique hybrid of movement defies gravity with […] Read more »

Dance Genre Buzz – Flash Mobs

Dance Genre Buzz – Flash Mob Dances A flash mob (or flashmob) is a group of people who assemble suddenly in a public place, perform an unusual and seemingly pointless act for a brief time, then disperse, often for the purposes of entertainment, satire, and […] Read more »

Dance Genre Buzz – Korean Dance

Korean traditional dance originated in ancient shamanistic rituals thousands of years ago. By the time of the later Korean kingdoms, Goryeo and Joseon, in the 2nd millennium CE, Korean traditional dance benefited from regular support of the royal court, numerous academies, and even an official […] Read more »

Dance Genre Buzz : Jamaican Dance Hall

The dance halls of Jamaica in the 1950s and 1960s were home to public dances usually targeted at younger patrons. Sound system operators had big home-made audio systems (often housed in the flat bed of a pickup truck), spinning records from popular American rhythm and […] Read more »

Dance Genre Buzz – Breakdancing

Dance Genre Buzz – Breakdancing B-boying, often called “breakdancing“, is a popular style of street dance that was created and developed as part of hip-hop culture among African American and Latino youth in New York City.  The dance consists of four primary elements: toprock, downrock, […] Read more »