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    History of dance

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    • 17th-century dance

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    • 18th-century dance

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    • 21st-century dance

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    • Ancient Greek dance

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    • Baroque dance

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    • Dance forms in classical music

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    • Dance historians

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    • European court festivities

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    • Historical dance

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    • History of ballet

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    • Masques

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    • Medieval dance

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    • Renaissance dance

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    • History of dance

    • Dance history is difficult to access because dance does not often leave behind clearly identifiable physical artifacts that last over millennia, such as stone tools, hunting implements or cave paintings. It is not possible to identify with exact precision when dance became part of human culture. Dance has been an ... Read »


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    • Baile de la Conquista

    • The Baile de la Conquista or Dance of the Conquest is a traditional folkloric dance from Guatemala. The dance reenacts the invasion led by Spanish Conquistador Don Pedro de Alvarado y Contreras and his confrontation with the K'iche' Maya ruler Tecún Umán. Although the dance is more closely associated with Guatema ... Read »


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    • History of ballet

    • Ballet is a formalized form of dance with its origins in the Italian Renaissance courts of the 15th and 16th centuries. Ballet spread from Italy to France with the help of Catherine de' Medici, where ballet developed even further under her aristocratic influence. An early example of Catherine's development of ballet is ... Read »


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    • Baroque dance

    • Baroque dance is dance of the Baroque era (roughly 1600-1750), closely linked with Baroque music, theatre and opera. The majority of surviving choreographies from the period are English country dances, such as those in the many editions of Playford's The Dancing Master. Playford only gives the floor patterns of th ... Read »


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    • Bathyllus

    • Bathyllus was a dancer/performer of pantomimus in Rome during the period of Augustus. Born in Alexandria, he was the favourite comedic performer of Maecenas. He is often described with the performer Pylades, who was seen as the epitome of tragic performance, while Bathyllus was seen as the epitome of comedic performan ... Read »


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    • Burmese dance

    • Dance in Burma (now known as Myanmar by the government there) can be divided into dramatic, folk and village, and nat dances, each having distinct characteristics. Although Burmese dance has been influenced by the dance traditions of its neighbours, in particular Thailand, it retains unique qualities that distinguish i ... Read »


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    • Classical Persian dance

    • Classical Persian dance is a style of concert dance that evolved from courtroom dance. An important era influencing Persian dance was the Qajar dynasty which reigned from 1795 to 1925. In this period, that dance began to be called "classical Persian dance". Dancers performed artistic dances in the court of the Shah for ... Read »


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    • History of the Diablada

    • The Diablada or Danza de Diablos (English: Dance of Devils) is a dance created characterized by the mask and devil suit worn by the dancers. The origin of the Diablada is a matter of dispute between the countries of Bolivia and Peru. Three main locations exist for the possible origin of the dance. These places are: ... Read »


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    • History of hip-hop dance

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      The History of Hip-Hop dance encompasses the people and events since the late 1960s that have contributed to the development of the early hip-hop dance moves, such as uprock, breaking, locking, roboting, boogaloo, and popping. Black Americans and Latino Americans created uprock and breaking in New York City. Black Amer ... Read »


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    • History of Chinese dance

    • Dance in China has a long recorded history. Some Chinese dances today, such as dancing with long sleeves, have been recorded at least as early as the Zhou dynasty (c. 1045–256 BCE). The most important of the early dances served important ritual and ceremonial roles and are known as yayue which continued to be perf ... Read »


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    • Libanius

    • Libanius (Greek: Λιβάνιος, Libanios; c. 314 – 392 or 393) was a Greek teacher of rhetoric of the Sophist school. During the rise of Christian hegemony in the later Roman Empire, he remained unconverted and in religious matters was a pagan Hellene. Libanius was born into a once-influent ... Read »


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    • Mozart and dance

    • The composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart wrote a great deal of dance music, both for public use and as elements of larger works such as operas, quartets, and symphonies. According to the reminiscences of those who knew him, the composer himself enjoyed dancing very much; he was skillful and danced often. About 200 dan ... Read »


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    • Regency dance

    • Regency dance is the term for historical dances of the period ranging roughly from 1790 to 1825. Some feel that the popular use of the term "Regency dance" is not technically correct, as the actual English Regency (the future George IV ruling on behalf of mad King George III) lasted only from 1811 until 1820. However, ... Read »


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    • Renaissance dance

    • Renaissance dances belong to the broad group of historical dances. During the Renaissance period, there was a distinction between country dances and court dances. Court dances required the dancers to be trained and were often for display and entertainment, whereas country dances could be attempted by anyone. At Co ... Read »


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    • History of the tango

    • Tango, a distinctive dance and the corresponding musical style of tango music, began in the working-class port neighborhoods of Montevideo (Uruguay) and (Buenos Aires), Argentina; on both sides of the Rio de la Plata. There are numbers of theories about the origin of the word "tango". One of the more popular in re ... Read »


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    • Women in dance

    • The important place of women in dance can be traced back to the very origins of civilization. Cave paintings, Egyptian frescos, Indian statuettes, ancient Greek and Roman art and records of court traditions in China and Japan all testify to the important role women played in ritual and religious dancing from the start. ... Read »


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