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With Travel is SWELL’s dancing tours and retreats, you will learn how to dance in some of the greatest countries in the world. Our Dancing Trips are fantasies for people that enjoy dancing. If you have never tried before, we can ensure you will have the best dancing experiences ever.We offer the perfect dancing experience and a true appreciation of the cities you visit. Our tours and retreats will feed your body and soul with the best we can find in our destinations. Your traveling experience will be unique and memorable.
What to Learn & Where to Go:
Hip-hop dance refers to “Street Dance” styles primarily performed to hip-hop music or that have evolved as part of hip-hop culture. It includes a wide range of styles primarily breaking, locking, and popping which were created in the 1970’s and made popular by dance crews in the United States. This dance style, usually danced to hip hop music that evolved from the hip hop culture. Hip dance consists primarily of moves executed close to the ground.
Where We Go to Dance: To Be Determined
Tap dance is a form of dance characterized by a tapping sound that is created from metal plates that are attached to both the ball and heel of the dancer’s shoe. Special shoes are made for dancing the tap. These metal plates, when tapped against a hard surface, create a percussive sound and as such the dancers are considered to be musicians. Tap dance has roots in African American dancing such as the Juba Dance, English Lancashire Clog dancing, and probably most notably Irish step-dancing. It is believed to have begun in the mid-1800’s during the rise of minstrel shows.
Where We Go to Dance: To Be Determined
The Yangko dance is a traditional folk dance of the Han Chinese. It originated from China and happens to be a popular part of their culture. It involves swaying of the body to certain rhythms. The waist and the hip are used to drive feet in order to sync with the music. The dance has a one thousand year history in China and is usually performed in the Lantern Festival. You can see a lot of videos on YouTube concerning the dance. Yangko has changed since its inception and the one that we see now happens to come from the late 1940’s.
Where We Go to Dance: China and Hong Kong
Belly dance is a Western-coined name for a “traditional West Asian” dance, especially Raqs Sharqi. It is sometimes also called Middle Eastern dance or Arabic dance in the West. The term “Belly dance” is a misnomer as every part of the body is involved in the dance. The most featured body part being the hips. It basically originated from Middle East. For me no one does it better than Shakira. Belly dance was popularized in the West during the Romantic movement of the 18th and 19th centuries, when Orientalist artists depicted romanticized images of harem life in the Ottoman Empire.
Where We Go to Dance: Egypt, Lebanon, Morocco and Turkey.
Kathak is one of the eight forms of Indian classical dances, originated from India. This dance form traces its origins to the nomadic bards of ancient northern India, known as Kathakars or storytellers. Its form today contains traces of temple and ritual dances, and the influence of the bhakti movement. From the 16th century onward it absorbed certain features of Persian dance and central Asian dance . The name of the dance is derived from Sanskrit which means story. The classical dances can be compared to the ballet dances. These dances are very complicated and usually have a meaning to them.
Where We Go to Dance: India
This is a performance dance and it originated in Italy during the fifteenth century. The dance developed in France and Russia and evolved from performance dance to concert dance. It is a very complicated form of dancing and is taught in different ballet schools all over the world. The dance is usually choreographed with vocal or orchestral music. It involves point work, flow and very precise acrobatic movements. The ballet went from romantic, to expressionist and neoclassical ballet. The word originally translates into ‘to dance’.
Where We Go to Dance: To Be Determined
Salsa is a syncretic dance genre from Cuba. Salsa is normally a partner dance, although there are recognized solo forms. Salsa is usually danced to the salsa music although most people perform the steps with Latin American music as well. Salsa requires a couple, although you can choreograph it as a form of line dance in which a partner might not be necessary. You can perform salsa as an improvisation but generally it is choreographed. This dance style is very popular throughout the Latin America and over time it spread through North America, Europe, Australia, Asia and the Middle East.
Where We Go to Dance: Cuba, Dominican Republic, Miami, Puerto Rico.
Flamenco is the music of the Andalusian gypsies. Poor nomads from India and frequently ostracized throughout history, they developed independently of the other Spanish peoples. Consequently their music and dance is unique and is an eclectic mix of styles gathered from their wanderings, Indian, Arabic, Jewish, Andalusian folk.
The music is based around the song, with accompaniment usually by guitar. For percussion they used anything that came to hand, such as hand-clapping (Palmas), finger snapping (Picas), a box they were sitting on used as a drum (Cajón), and footwork (Zapateados).
The dance therefore evolved round the song. Some songs were light and happy (Cante Chica), others sombre and dark (Cante Jondo), all fired with emotion.
Where We Go to Dance: Spain
Tango is earthy and dramatic. Although walking movements dominate, Tango walks, having a “stalking” or “sneaking” character, are unlike the walks of other ballroom dances. Movements are sometimes slow and slithery, and other times sharp and stacatto, such as a quick foot flick or a sharp head snap to promenade position. Tango has the same counter clockwise flow of movement around the dance floor, but with a lesser sense of urgency in comparison to the smoother and more continuous ballroom dances. American Style Tango, especially at highly-developed skill levels, makes great use of open and alternate dance positions to further showcase Tango’s dramatic nature.
Where We Go to Dance: Argentina
Balinese dance is a very ancient dance tradition that is part of the religious and artistic expression among the Balinese people of Bali island, Indonesia. Balinese dance is dynamic, angular and intensely expressive. Balinese dancers express the stories of dance-drama through the bodily gestures including gestures of fingers, hands, head and eyes. There is a great richness of dance forms and styles in Bali; and particularly notable are those ritualistic dance dramas which involve Rangda, the witch, and the great beast Barong. Most of dances in Bali are connected to Hindu rituals, such as the Sanghyang Dedari sacred dance than invoked hyang spirits that believed to possess the dancers in trance state during the performance. Other Balinese dances are not linked to religious rituals and created for certain purposes, such as Pendet welcoming dance and Joged dance that is social dance for entertainment purpose.
Where We Go to Dance: Bali, Indonesia
Traditional Thai Dance
Thai Dancing is poetry in motion. Classical Thai dance performances are largely based on ancient myths and religious stories. The “Fawn Thai” traditional dance was originally an art performed for the royal courts of old Siam. It consists of five classic styles: Fawn Lep (the Fingernails Dance), Fawn Marn Gumm Ber (the Butterfly Dance), Fawn Marn Mong Kol (the Happy Dance), Fawn Tian (the Candle Dance) or Fawn Ngiew (the Scarf Dance). Each region of Thailand has its own flavor of Fawn Thai, they are all accompanied by a band of traditional Thai musical instruments.
The “Fawn Lep” or Fingernail Dance usually consists of five pairs of dancers, each wearing six-inch-long brass fingernails. There are slight different dance movements according to region. The arms and head move gracefully and firmly. The elongated fingernails emphasize the classic hand movements of Thai Dance.
Where We Go to Dance: Chiang Mai, Phuket and Bangkok,Thailand
Traditional Moroccan Dances
Described as a mixture of English ballet and classical Arabic music, the Ouais is a graceful, fluid dance performed by women. The dancers wear copper cymbals on their fingers and are dressed in elaborately embroidered kaftans with silk belts. Most often performed at weddings, the Ouais dance is accompanied by a one-stringed fiddle, two or three small mandolins and the simple rhythm of one musician pounding on a large piece of cast iron.
A dance of the Middle Atlas Berbers, the Ahidou is performed by both men and women. All dancers stand in a circle, and their songs are lyrical and poetic. In addition to their matching blue cloaks with white stripes, the women are adorned with jewelry made of yellow amber beads and skillfully engraved silver. The men wear sleeveless, hooded gowns known as burnooses and have turbans tied on their heads. Some troupe members play tambourine while others sway and clap to the music.
Where We Go to Dance: Morocco
Ballroom dance is a set of partner dances, which are enjoyed both socially and competitively around the world. Because of its performance and entertainment aspects, ballroom dance is also widely enjoyed on stage, film, and television. Ballroom dance may refer, at its widest definition, to almost any type of partner dancing as recreation. However, with the emergence of dancesport in modern times, the term has become narrower in scope, and traditionally refers to the five International Standard and five International Latin style dances (see dance categories below). The two styles, while differing in technique, rhythm and costumes, exemplify core elements of ballroom dancing such as control and cohesiveness.
Where We Go to Dance: New York City, Vienna Austria, Blackpool England
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