DANCE: to move the feet and body rhythmically, especially in time to music; to perform; or to skip or leap, as in joy

Since the beginning of time, man has enjoyed expression through the art form of dance. Primitive man communicated through body movement before he could speak. The basis of the movements started with rhythm. It is not only the basis of dance, but also the basis for life.

RHYTHM: any sequence of regularly recurring functions or events, such as the regular recurrence of certain physiological functions of the body

Even when man learned how to verbalize his thoughts, the beginning forms of dance did not die. They became, what we know as, folk dances.

Victor Silvester, a dance master, said,” The desire to move in response to emotion is a physiological fact which will survive, no matter how it may be suppressed, as long as people exist. The persistence of rhythm and its intimate association with sex and life itself is undeniable, and when rhythm and movement come together, dance is born.”

After the early movements of primitive man, the modern man began to learn other forms of dance. The earliest ballroom dance originated in 1588 through a French priest, who introduced it in his book, Orchesographie. In 1650, the Minuet was introduced in Paris. The Minuet survived until 1780 when the Waltz became the “most fashionable dance in the courts of Europe.” As the Waltz was danced, the modern dance hold, which is holding your partner closely, became popular in 1812. Soon after, new ballroom dances began in 1820.

Along with ballroom dancing, man has also enjoyed forms of dance. Throughout the centuries, different forms of dance have been introduced and are still practiced today. Each form incorporates basic dance moves, but each differs greatly. From ballet to tap to jazz, each form uses body movements and sounds in a different manner.

There are many different forms, but all forms of dance are a way to for man to express his self.