Dance History Month: The Waltz

Many ballet dancers may automatically recognize waltz music for its ¾ time signature. Waltz began in Europe sometime during the 16th century. It was both a ballroom and folk dance. In contrast to ballet, it began among the peasant population and was later adopted by [...]
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Dance History Month: Swing Dancing

Starting in the 1920s, this style of dance is named after the swing music which accompanies dancers. This style of dance was created in African American communities, but quickly gained popularity throughout the US. Today, swing movements live on in the charleston, the lindy hop, [...]
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Dance History Month: The Flamenco

The first historical reference to flamenco was in 1774 making this dance form over 200 years old. Although its origin is a debated topic, most historians agree that it started in southern Spain. Danced to folklore music, this style includes singing, clapping, snapping, and of [...]
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Dance History Month: Irish Dancing

Fast footwork, quick jumps, and fierce competition are all elements of Irish dance today. Although this dance form started in Ireland it was influenced by both England and France. The costumes worn by Irish dancers today commemorate the clothing of the past. Each school of [...]
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Welcome to Bollywood

Starting in India, Bollywood can be seen in cinemas around the world. While the bright costuming and fast, fierce movements make it seem like a new style, it is rooted in both traditional styles and folk dance. Every element of bollywood dance is symbolically significant [...]
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Horton

Developed by Lester Horton starting in the 1920s. This modern style focuses on clean lines, strength, and technical agility. Similar to ballet, one horton class is like the next because it is based on various studies and sequences. This style can be seen in its [...]
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Argentine Tango

Originating in the suburbs of Buenos Aires, this social dance focuses on sadness, nostalgia, and lost love. It is typically danced to orchestrated music with a clear, repetitive beat. While the majority of the movements are composed of various walking steps, improv is also important. [...]
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True or False? Dancer Stereotypes

We love being dancers, but sometimes the stereotypes that go along with being one can be hurtful. Here are some of the most common stereotypes and sayings about dancers broken down. Tell us what you think! “Dance Won’t Get You Anywhere” While the dance field [...]
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No time? Quick and Easy Hairstyles

Okay hair us out, we are super busy and sometimes don’t get to love our hair as we should. Between school, dance, and everything else dry shampoo has become our life saver and best friend. When you find yourself in a hairy spot, try these [...]
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5 Apps Every Dancer Should Have

Enhance your dance experience with these five apps that every dancer should have.     Spotify   Every dancer needs some kind of music app that collects all of their favorite jams. At MTD we love spotify for all of its unique features such as [...]
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